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A review on the 2012 all-new Ford Focus

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Ford Focus four-door Titanium+

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The 2012 all-new Ford Focus came out like a superstar at the 33rd Bangkok Motor Show. It is sweet and it is as sexy as those models stand beside. The third generation Focus is one of the highlights on the Ford stand during the shows other than the Ford Territory. It will be assembled at a new plant at Rayong province that is scheduled to open later this year in May. Many visitors at the Motor Show feel very eager to get the car after viewing it inside out. Most of them queue up at the registration booth to show their interest on the car.

The Focus will be available in both four-door sedan and five-door sport hatchback. It is made available in four variants inThailand – four-Door Titanium (THB 959,000), five-door Sport (THB 969,000), four-Door Titanium+ (THB 1,069,000), and five-door Sport+ (THB 1,079,000). Both Titanium+ and Sport+ are being displayed on the Ford stand at the Motor Show.

Ford Focus Hatchback
2012 Ford Focus Hatchback

Performance and Safety

The Focus is powered by a new Duratec 2.0-liter Ti-VCT GDi engine that delivers an optimistic output of 170 PS and 200 Nm of torque. This 2.0L engine is partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission and high-efficiency dual dry-clutch. The gear can be controlled by the paddle shifters located at the steering wheel. The second powertrain is a Duratec 1.6-liter Ti-VCT engine that pumps up 125 PS and 159 Nm of torque. This 1.6L engine can be partnered with either the six-speed automatic transmission or five-speed manual transmission.

Plenty of active and passive safety features available in the car include a new advanced airbag restraint systems, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), Emergency Brake Assist, Hill Launch Assists, Anti-Lock Brake (ABS), EBD, EBA (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), and a few more to name here.

Ford Focus
2012 All-new Ford Focus Sedan – Bangkok Motor Show

Exterior

Compare to the second generation Focus, the headlights has been redesigned to new shape and the previous trapezoidal grille is no longer there. It has been replaced with triangular features that look like Confucius’s white beard, which we believe it indicates the meaning of intelligent, cultivating energy, and amazing ideas. The rear lights of the sedan are longer compared to second generation. As for the hatchback, it is characterized by lustrous and sporty design. The rear lights are positioned lower and bigger compared to first and second generation hatchback models, which are higher and slimmer. 16-inch alloy wheel with 205/60 R16 tires are fitted to the four-door Sport model and 17-inch alloy wheel with 215/50 R17 are found on the Five-door Titanium model.

There are eight exterior colors available for the Ford Focus, these being the hero Candy Red, Frozen White, Panther Black, Ingot Silver, Midnight Sky, Lunar Sky, Mustard Olive, and Winning Blue.

Interior and Technology

Ford Focus interior

Inside, the central console is built with high quality materials and many new features that will excite Ford customers. Ford SYNC® technology is the first to be mentioned. This feature provides a function where driver or passengers can connect their smartphone or any mobile phone to the car via Bluetooth technology or USB port. Active Park Assist (A system that assists the driver to identify any feasible spots with several sensors that hide at the front and back bumper. Driver can perform a parallel park easily with this special feature.), Active City Stop, and Blind Spot Information System (only available for four-door Titanium+) are some special features to be mentioned for the top-ranging model. Other than that, SYNC, Ford Power Start, Smart Keyless Entry, Torque Vectoring Control, and Active Grille Shutter System are some other fun yet useful technologies found in this car.

See the video: Interior of the 2012 all-new Ford Focus

Fuel Economy

Automatic: 28 city/38 highway mpg; 11.90 city/16.15 higway km/l;
Super Fuel Economy (SFE Package): 28 city/40 highway mpg; 11.90 city/17.00 higway km/l;

Ford Focus competitors and similar cars: Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 3, Peugeot 308, and Volkswagen Jetta.

2012 Ford Focus – Let Your Inner Child Out.

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