New Focus for Ford

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 13:33 24/02/2014

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Ford has facelifted its Focus in a bid to keep it relevant against fresh rivals such as the Mazda3.

Images of the new Focus have hit the web ahead of its official debut at the Geneva motor show.

The blue oval has simplified the car's front end, which now features a slimmer trapezoidal grille similar to that seen on the new Ford Fiesta.

Gaping triangular apertures on the old car's bumper have made way for slimmer design details with chrome accents framing new fog lamps that sit below sleek headlights.

The rear retains a similar look to the current car, but the hatch's interior will be barely recognisable to current owners.

The complicated, button-laden dash of the old car has been replaced with a much simpler layout featuring a larger infotainment screen compartmentalised into four zones that look after telecommunications, navigation, entertainment and climate.

Ford's clever Sync suite is also set to return, with the potential for better integration with new smartphones and apps.

Just which versions will reach New Zealand is not known, but the new Focus will have 17-engine variation for the UK starting with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost through to a 2.0-litre diesel.

-Fairfax News Australia

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