2016 Ford Focus Range Upgraded With SYNC 3 Infotainment, New Option Packs Photo:

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Tony O'Kane | Apr, 08 2016 | 6 Comments

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

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