- Style adjustments
- Upgraded interior technology, including Ford SYNC 4 infotainment
- Available to order now for Â£ 22,465
The new Ford Focus 2021 was unveiled with an updated exterior design, improved technology including the brand’s latest SYNC 4 infotainment system and improved safety features. Buyers can order the new Focus now for a starting price of Â£ 22,465.
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While the majority of the Focus lineup and existing engines are carried over for the new model, the mid-life facelift introduced an optional Vignale trim package as a replacement for the stand-alone model, which can be chosen over higher trim levels. . At the top of the line, there’s an updated version of the Focus ST hot hatchback, with entry-level Active, ST-Line, Titanium and Trend trims making up the rest of the line-up.
Ford is hoping the update will keep the Focus competitive against rivals such as the SEAT Leon, VW Golf, and all-new versions of the Peugeot 308 and Vauxhall Astra.
Ford Focus 2021: design
The revised front design gives the new Focus similar styling to the redesigned Fiesta, with Ford’s blue oval badge now located on the front grille. A new design of LED headlights is present across the range, with a slimmer profile than before and a new daytime running light signature. The front bumper has also been modified to have larger air intakes.
Ford left the side profile of the car intact but introduced five new models of alloy wheels. At the rear, the optional LED taillights get a tinted finish and a new running light design.
Interior and technology
While much of the interior is from the old car, a new 13.2-inch infotainment touchscreen running Ford’s latest SYNC 4 operating system is a big addition. It integrates wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and is used to control car ventilation systems; physical controls have now been removed from the dashboard.
The SYNC 4 system comes with a Ford Connected Navigation trial subscription, providing access to live traffic and weather updates. Ford’s âPower-Upâ software updates are also standard, allowing for upgrades to the car’s functionality.
Other technological improvements include advanced voice recognition, which can be used by the driver to operate both infotainment and ventilation systems. Remote connectivity features include the FordPass app, which allows owners to check their car’s fuel level from their smartphone. The system also has an intrusion alert notification, alerting the owner if it detects an attempted break-in into the car.
Practicality has also been enhanced in the new Focus Estate, which now becomes easier to clean, a trunk mat, LED lighting and a vertical divider installed on the trunk floor. It also gets what Ford calls a “wet zone,” which allows owners to separate any wet items from the main trunk floor. It has a removable liner for easy drying and cleaning.
Standard safety features include active emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, speed sign recognition and lane centering assistance. While the local hazard information system monitors the location of cars and automatically alerts the driver to potential dangers on a route. Ford’s Active Park 2 setup also has features, which can automatically park the car by speaking over the controls.
The model’s existing safety suite has also been enhanced with the addition for the first time of the Blind Spot Assist, which monitors surrounding traffic, automatically applying steering assistance if a danger is detected while changing lanes. . The system searches for hazards up to 28 meters and operates from 40 mph. Other new features include Intersection Assist, which uses a front-mounted camera and radar to search for oncoming vehicles. It operates at speeds of up to 18 mph and can automatically apply the brakes to stop the car if danger is detected.
Elsewhere, the new Focus receives a rear occupant alert, which informs the driver to check the rear seats at the end of a trip or if the rear doors are open.
Trim levels and prices
The revised range starts with the Trend model, starting at Â£ 22,465, with the Titanium costing Â£ 23,715. The ST-Line and Active versions start from Â£ 24,545, while the addition of the Vignale pack to the first three trim levels adds Â£ 2,200 to the base price. At the top of the range, the hot Focus ST sedan starts from Â£ 33,885.
Engines and fuel economy
The revamped Focus takes over the range of engines from the old model. The entry-level 1.0-liter petrol dispenses with mild hybrid technology and is available in outputs of 99 hp and 123 hp. Both versions can officially report fuel economy of up to 47.1 mpg with CO2 emissions starting at 121 g / km.
A version of the same 1.0-liter gasoline engine is also offered with 48-volt mild hybrid electric assistance consisting of a starter / generator that helps relieve the engine. It is available with 123 hp or 153 hp, with an economy of up to 51.4 mpg with emissions starting at 116 g / km with a six-speed manual gearbox. This engine is also available with a seven-speed Powershift automatic transmission. This adds three driving modes, ranging from Normal, Sport and Eco, and can handle up to 47.9 mph with CO2 emissions of 119 g / km.
The economy champion of the range is the only 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel, which produces 118 hp. It is available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission, officially delivering fuel economy of up to 56.5 mpg and emissions from 120 g / km
Ford Focus ST 2021 restyled
The Focus ST headlight also gets all the safety and tech upgrades of the regular car, along with the same makeover. Model-specific modifications include an optional new ‘Mean Green’ paint finish, a honeycomb grille design, satin gray accent accents and new 18- or 19-inch alloy wheel designs. Inside, a new pair of Ford Performance sports seats replace the Recaro seats on the outgoing model.
Under the hood is the same turbocharged 2.3-liter petrol engine with an output of 278 hp. Buyers have a choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed Powershift automatic, with an electronic limited-slip differential to help prevent wheel spin and traction. Prices for the new ST start from Â£ 33,885.
Read our reviews of the current Ford Focus and Focus ST here.