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Alex Misoyannis | Jul, 23 2018 | 0 Comments

Ford has revealed Australian details surrounding the 2019 Ford Focus set to debut in November.

The key change to the new model's range is the addition of a sporty ST-Line variant, available in five-door hatch and wagon body styles. It joins the entry-level Trend and top-spec Titanium, both available as hatchbacks.

The new Focus will come as standard with a wide range of safety technologies, including autonomous emergency braking with cyclist detection and night-time pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and lane keep assistance.

All Focus variants use the same powertrain, a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder ‘EcoBoost’ petrol engine. It produces 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque, and drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The range kicks off with the entry level Trend, available as a hatchback only. Standard equipment includes cloth seats, 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, compact e-shifter (which swaps a conventional gear lever for a small rotary dial), electronic parking brake, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, ‘Follow Me Home’ lighting, 180-degree reversing camera, single-zone climate control and a smart rear-view mirror. In addition, the Trend gets Ford’ SYNC 3 infotainment system, which brings an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen display, satellite navigation, voice-activation, MapCare map updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Stepping up to the ST-Line adds a number of race-inspired styling touches, including a black honeycomb grille, side skirts, sportier rear bumper, chrome twin exhaust pipes, integrated boot-lid spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there’s a flat-bottom sports steering wheel, metallic pedals, red stitching on the wheel, gear lever and cloth seats, wireless smartphone charging and dual-zone climate control – the wagon adds a cargo blind and roof rails to that list. The ST-Line also gets its own sport suspension tune that will bring a stiffer, sportier ride – it should improve further on the new Focus’ 20 per cent increased torsional rigidity over its predecessor.

At the top of the range is the luxury-focused Titanium. It gains a unique grille, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather seat upholstery and a 675W 10-speaker B&O Play premium sound system. The top-end Titanium features advanced LED lights at the front and rear, including clever tech such as auto levelling, high beam control and cornering functions as well as speed and sign-sensitive modes.

Safety has also improved in the Titanium, which gains blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with a stop and go function, evasive steering assist and lane centering.

Ford has not released pricing for the new Focus as it, along with a complete list of specifications, will arrive closer to the Focus’ November on-sale date. However, no further details have been shared about the high-riding Focus Active, which is expected to go on sale locally in early 2019.

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