Ford?s updated LV Focus XR5 Turbo goes on sale this month spearheading the arrival of the rest of the updated LV Focus range. The LV model update includes a fresh new face and even more specification and premium quality features.
The iconic German-built flagship of the Focus family is the first model in the small car line-up to feature Ford's kinetic design philosophy.
Implementation of the theme delivered an opportunity for the Design team to create an almost entirely new body appearance while a raft of new interior enhancements have also been introduced.
"The Focus XR5 Turbo has established itself as a firm favourite amongst Australian performance motoring enthusiasts and changes introduced with the new model will further strengthen its position as a performance and dynamics leader," said Ford Australia Vice President Marketing and Sales, Mark Winslow.
The new Focus XR5 Turbo features a unique new front bumper and larger lower inverted trapezoidal grille flanked by distinctive re-styled foglamps.
Both upper and lower grilles feature a graphite mesh with signature honeycomb pattern. The leading edge of the bonnet features a body-coloured appliqu? while the new front lamps on the Focus XR5 Turbo incorporate unique black housings that give the headlights a quartz effect during daylight hours.
From the side, the extended side rocker panels emphasise the lowered chassis and the wheel arches, which contain newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels.
Side mouldings have been removed on the new Focus XR5 Turbo but more pronounced swage lines on the bodyside that extend the length of the car entertain the eye.
Exterior handles, door mirrors, side skirts and spoiler are all finished in the bodycolour of the vehicle.
At the rear, the Focus XR5 Turbo gets a new bumper with an integrated lower diffuser framing two generously proportioned exhaust pipes. LED tail lamps and a large upper spoiler complete the sporty stance.
There are also more toys, with the XR5 Turbo now featuring as standard equipment enhanced in-car entertainment features and systems, including a premium centre console, Bluetooth with voice control, an Easyfuel capless refuelling system with mis-fuelling inhibitor and a new 'Ford Power' start button.
Ford also point out that interior comfort and quality have been improved. Recaro front seats are standard kit on the XR5 Turbo as are alloy pedals, a unique handbrake cover, leather gear knob and three-spoke steering wheel, door sill scuff plates and a new carbon-effect look for the centre of the instrument panel, centre console and switch bezels.
Power as before is provided by the raunchy turbocharged 2.5-litre 166kW Duratec five-cylinder engine, offering 320 Nm of torque from 1600 rpm right through to 4000 rpm.
"The powerplant that drives the XR5 Turbo is a phenomenal engine which sounds sensational. When coupled with the vehicle's impressive dynamics attributes it is a combination which makes it one of the most enjoyable and engaging small Ford vehicles to drive," said Mr Winslow.
Occupant safety is well catered for with six airbags, pyrotechnic safety belt pre-tensioners and neck injury protection systems on the front seats all being standard.
The LV XR5 Turbo is also equipped with a number of electronic driver aids including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Traction Control, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).
In addition to the signature Electric Orange metallic hero colour, a six other colours will be available including new Frozen White, Panther Black, Moondust Silver, Sea Grey, Colorado Red and Performance Blue.
Optional Ford 'GT-style' overhead body stripes are also available on select colours in the range, as is an optional sunroof (not available if overhead body stripes are optioned).
The recommended retail price of the new Focus XR5 Turbo is $36,990 (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).
? Overhead stripes ($350).
? Power tilt/slide sunroof ($1,900).
? Heated 10-way adjustable Recaro Sports Leather seats ($2,000)
? Prestige paint ($310)
? ?Hero? colour of the range, Electric Orange ($1,800)