Ford Australia has announced a "2016.75" model year upgrade for the Ford Focus range, which sees the company's small hatch and sedan become the first Ford vehicles in Australia to score the brand-new SYNC 3 infotainment suite.
Compared to the existing SYNC 2 system that equips the Falcon, Mondeo, Territory and Kuga, SYNC 3 offers faster performance, better spec recognition software plus a smartphone-like touchscreen interface with multi-touch capability and more intuitive layout.
Buttons for audio, climate control, phone and sat-nav are also visible no matter what screen you're on, minimising the amount of "screen-shuffling" needed to access frequently-used controls.
SYNC 3 will be standard on all Focus models from July 1, but buyers wanting a little extra equipment will get added choice through the addition of two new option packages - the Technology Pack and the Sports Executive Pack.
For the entry and mid-level Focus Trend and Focus Sport, the Technology Pack brings lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, driver fatigue warning, active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking for $2000 extra.
The Technology pack is also available on the high-grade Focus Titanium. The range-topping Titanium already ships with autonomous emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring as standard, but going for the Technology Pack adds all of the other equipment received by the Trend and Sport grades, plus auto high-beam and rear cross traffic alert.
For the Focus Titanium, the Technology pack adds $1500 to the purchase price.
The Sport and Titanium models can also be had with the Sports Executive Pack, which sees a glass sunroof and bi-xenon headlamps with static cornering lights added to the spec sheet. It costs $1800 extra for both models.
Mechanically, the Focus range remains unchanged. All models continue to be powered by a turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol four-cylinder with 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed auto in the Trend and Sport hatch, and a six-speed auto only in sedan variants and the Titanium hatch.
Fuel economy is listed at 5.8 l/100km for manual models and 6.2 l/100km for auto-equipped models (6.4 l/100km for the Focus Titanium variants).
Despite the infotainment upgrade, pricing remains the same for all Focus models:
- Focus Trend manual hatch – $23,390
- Focus Trend auto hatch – $24,390
- Focus Trend auto sedan – $24,390
- Focus Sport manual hatch– $26,490
- Focus Sport auto hatch – $27,490
- Focus Titanium auto hatch– $32,690
- Focus Titanium auto sedan– $32,690
- Focus ST hatch– $38,990
Prices do not include on-road costs