New look Ford Focus Estate unveiled at Geneva Motor Show

The new Ford Focus is much more than just a pretty face
The new Ford Focus is much more than just a pretty face

Tuesday, 04, Mar 2014 03:15

by Chris Jefferies

This week's Geneva Motor Show (6-13 March) brings plenty of glitz and glamour to a series of car launches, but arguably none are quite as important as the new Ford Focus.

The American carmaker claims that Focus is the most popular car model in the world, and with a choice between hatchback and estate there's something to interest caravanners as well in the new version.

Over the past few years, Ford has been overhauling the look of its cars, starting with the new-look Mondeo and Fiesta, and now it's the Focus's turn.

The result is a more purposeful nose-end, narrowed headlights, a slightly bulging bonnet and a hexagonal grille that reminds us of some of the newer Aston Martins. All in all, it's a very attractive look.

Looks aside, and Ford is claiming that this is "the most advanced Focus ever", due to its myriad of technological wizardry.

The Sync 2 connectivity system includes a voice-activated sat nav, which has a degree of artificial intelligence. For example, just saying 'I'm hungry' will bring up a list of local restaurants.

We'd love to see if it could be programmed to respond to caravan-related demands, like 'Find my nearest campsite' as well.

Safe and sound

It's not just lazy boys that benefit, as Ford has been honing its safety technology to make it easier for you to park.

The new Perpendicular Parking system allows you to reverse into a bay without using your hands. It sounds scary at first, but a set of ultrasonic sensors are on hand to make sure that you can't have a ding.

Even the headlights are clever, in that they react to the road conditions to give you a better view at night. When cruising along the motorway, they narrow to give you better view ahead and when on B-roads they widen to help you spot cyclists and pedestrians.

And if you are generous enough to lend your car to your kids, you can make sure that they don't terrorise the neighbourhood, thanks to MyKey.

This personalisable key system allows you to set a maximum speed limit and a maximum stereo volume for when the young ones are on the road.

Ford is also claiming 19 per cent fuel efficiency improvements, so it will be cheaper to run, although the sale price hasn't been confirmed yet.

What can it tow?

As is always the case with new car releases, the exact weight is pretty much the last thing to surface, so answering that question is tricky.

However, we do know that Ford will continue the 2.0-litre diesel estate version, which had a kerbweight of 1,485kg in its previous incarnation.

Based on an 85% match, this means you'll be safe towing a two-berth couple's caravan of up to 1,260kg.

The new Ford Focus arrives in dealerships in June and based on the new looks and smart technology, it will surely be flooding the UK's roads this summer.

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

Taking The Van Out Of Winter Storage

Time for the van Spring Clean

Over the coming weekends I am sure quite a few hours are going to be dedicated to getting our caravans in order ahead of the new season. For some this is an exciting time, for others it's just another part of touring lifestyle. Here are a few tips and hints on what needs to be done to get the van road and holiday worthy once again.

The Ideal Christmas Gifts For Us Caravan Folk

We've solved your Christmas woes

This time of year should be about giving and making those around you happy, but in reality it's a bit stressful. Trying to find the right gift before the big day all while trying to wrangle the family to get together for a massive Christmas dinner. So to help ease the stress and tension of gift buying here are some items that should go down a treat Christmas morning.

TRIBUTE TESTING BLOG WEEK 3: A Question of Driving

The Auto-Trail Tribute has a 115hp Fiat engine

In Week 3 of our long term test, we look at what it is like to drive the Auto-Trail Tribute 670. In this review, I will look at different common driving questions followed by a brief summary for anyone who is a novice and also a summary for the more experienced.

FEATURE: CaravanTimes continues with its long term testing of the AutoTrail Tribute

Van conversion motorhomes have always been popular for the short breakers

In the second blog of our long term test of the Auto-Trail Tribute 670, we look at how the Tribute performs for the short getaway, that weekend reprieve or the impromptu break.