Ford Focus (third generation)

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Ford Focus (third generation)
2013 Ford Focus Zetec Turbo EcoBoost 1.0.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 2010–present
Model years 2011–present
Assembly Saarlouis, Germany (Saarlouis Body & Assembly)
Wayne, Michigan, United States (Michigan Assembly Plant)
Rayong, Thailand (AAT)
Chongqing, China (Changan Ford Mazda)
Taoyuan, Taiwan
General Pacheco, Argentina (Ford Motor Argentina)
Vsevolozhsk, Russia (Ford Sollers Holding)
Designer Martin Smith, Stefan Lamm, Murat Güler (2009)
Kemal Curić (wagon/5 door)
Todd Willing (sedan)
Tiago Dias, Ernst Reim (interior)[citation needed]
Body and chassis
Class Compact car/Small family car (C)
Body style 5-door hatchback
4-door sedan
5-door estate (Europe & New Zealand only)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive (Focus RS)
Platform Ford global C-car platform[1]
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L EcoBoost I3
1.6 L Duratec Ti-VCT I4
1.6 L EcoBoost I4
1.5 EcoBoost I4 (post-2014)
2.0 L Duratec Ti-VCT I4 GDI (Not available in Europe, except Russia: only engine available in South America)
2.0 L EcoBoost I4 (ST, 2012)
2.3 L EcoBoost I4 (RS, 2016)
1.6 L Duratorq TDCi
1.5 L Duratorq TDCi (post-2014)
2.0 L Duratorq TDCi[2]
Transmission 6-speed PowerShift semi-automatic
6-speed automatic 6F15
6-speed manual |MMT6 B6
5-speed manual (1.6 Ti-VCT iB5, 2.0 Ti-VCT MTX-75)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,648 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4,358 mm (171.6 in) (hatchback)
4,534 mm (178.5 in) (sedan)
4,556 mm (179.4 in) (wagon/estate)
Width 1,823 mm (71.8 in)
Height 1,484 mm (58.4 in) (sedan, hatchback)
1,505 mm (59.3 in) (wagon)
Curb weight 1,270–1,471 kg (2,800–3,243 lb)
RS: 1,569 kg (3,459 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Focus (second generation, North America)
Ford Focus (second generation, Europe)

The Ford Focus (third generation), also known as the Focus Mk III, (Code name: C346) debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show as a 2012 model. The cars shown were a 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback, also debuting a new 2.0L direct injection I4 engine. A 5-door estate (wagon) was previewed at the Geneva auto show a month later.[3]

This generation of Focus would be the first Ford vehicle designed under the tenure of CEO Alan Mulally and his "One Ford" plan, which aimed to leverage Ford's global resources into creating more competitive vehicles that could be sold globally in each segment with minimal changes.[4]

The "One Ford" plan would reunite the North American and global Focus line. The previous North American version was thus discontinued, and the new model was launched simultaneously in North America and Europe on 2 May 2011, both having started production near the end of 2010.[5][6] Production in Asia, Africa, and South America followed later.

Ford debuted the all-electric Ford Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011 to compete with the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt and announced the hot hatch ST model at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010.

The Ford Focus was the best-selling car in the world for 2012.[7]

Design[edit]

The design was built on Ford's Kinetic Design. The lights at the front have a different shape. The trapezoidal grille has triangular features. At the rear, the hatchback tail lights are positioned lower, similar to the Ford Fiesta. The interior has been changed from the second generation in the NA and International versions. Ford wanted to make the Focus more upmarket so it offers two types of central consoles: the basic is associated with smaller engines and the premium is available to more powerful engines.

This generation of Focus incorporated a redesigned cabin, changed materials, and a new "infotainment" system. Following the industry trend towards decontenting, and in keeping with the sedan's downmarket "economy car" image vs. the "premium" hatchback, the earlier sedan's space-saving gas strut trunk hinges are replaced with cheaper, intrusive goose neck hinges. The Focus also has Ford's patented capless fuel tank, which doesn't require a cap to prevent siphoning.

Production[edit]

The Focus is being promoted as a global car,[8] built in several different factories around the world, with changes to engine line-ups and trim levels to suit regional markets and regulations. Production locations include:

  • Saarlouis, Germany, production commenced December 2010 for the European market.[9]
  • Wayne, Michigan, United States, production started in February 2011 for North America and Chile.[10]
  • Vsevolozhsk (St Petersburg), Russia, production commences in July 2011, with the estate(wagon) model starting in January 2012.[11]
  • Rayong, Thailand, commenced May 2012 for the Asian and Australasia markets, and replaces the previous Philippines plant used for the last generation Focus.[12]
  • Chongqing, China started production of the Focus for the Chinese market in May 2012.[13]
  • Taoyuan, Taiwan started production of the Focus for the Taiwanese market in Nov 2012.
  • Pacheco, Argentina started production of the Focus for most of the South American market in 2013.

Transmission reliability issues[edit]

Along with the Ford Fiesta, the Focus equipped with the Ford DPS6 PowerShift transmission has received much criticism due to transmission shuddering, including several lemon law claims.[14] The issue is due to the dry type clutches associated with gasoline models. Ford's current response is to replace the clutch pack assembly (with updated parts) when shuddering exceeds 250 rpm (upon customer complaint). This is proving to be a short term remedy as it is not unusual for the clutch packs to be replaced every 6,000 miles (9,700 km).[citation needed]

There have been at least 6 revisions of clutch packs and transmission control modules since inception. Newer clutch packs and transmissions are more resistant to wear and fluid contamination, as the source of many shudder issues involved an improperly installed seal which was leaking transmission fluid onto the dry clutches.[15] Ford also claims there are "Changes to the clutch material for better performance across temperature ranges (new for 2016)."[15] Some consumer complaints are due to the normal operating characteristics of the transmission, because the DPS6 does not contain a torque converter fluid coupling and does not behave similarly to traditional torque converter transmissions, instead sharing some characteristics found in traditional manual transmissions.[16]

North American market[edit]

Like in most other non-European markets, only the 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback are offered in the United States and Canada. The EPA rated fuel economy at 28 city/38 hwy MPG for the 6-speed automatic, and 26 city/ 36 hwy MPG for the 5-speed manual.[17] The SFE package, which can only be added to the sedan SE trim with PowerShift semi-automatic dual-clutch transmission, improves highway fuel economy to 40 MPG.[18] The platform that the new Focus is based on is 25% stronger than the previous North American version.[19]

Engine lineup in North America[edit]

The Focus was launched with only one engine option, a 2.0-litre Duratec 20 direct injected, Ti-VCT 4-cylinder, producing 160 hp (119 kW). Mid-2012, Flex Fuel capability was added.,[20] except for states in the United States that adhere to partial zero-emissions vehicle regulations. The engine is a derivative of the port fuel-injected 2.0-liter engine in the previous generation Focus.[21] In late 2012, the range was joined by the Focus ST, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre producing 252 hp (188 kW) (available only with a manual transmission).

For the 2015 refresh, the EcoBoost 1.0 litre three-cylinder began to be offered in North America as an extra-cost option for SE trim level.

2016 model added 2.3 litre ecoboost for the new RS trim level

Specifications[edit]

Engine Gearbox Power Torque City (mpg) Highway (mpg) Combined (mpg) Top speed (mph) 0–60 mph (seconds)
1.0 L Turbocharged GDI I3 engine 6M 123 hp (92 kW) @ 6350 RPM 148 lb·ft (201 N·m) @ 5000 RPM 29 40 33 129 (drag limited) 9.4[22]
6A 123 hp (92 kW) @ 6350 RPM 148 lb·ft (201 N·m) @ 5000 RPM 28 40 33 120 (drag limited) 10.2[23]
2.0 L Ti-VCT GDI I4 5M 160 hp (119 kW) @ 6500 RPM 146 lb·ft (198 N·m) @ 4450 RPM 26 36 30 122 (drag limited) 7.4[24]
6A 160 hp (119 kW) @ 6500 RPM 146 lb·ft (198 N·m) @ 4450 RPM 27 38 31 122 (drag limited) 7.6[25]
2.0 L Ti-VCT GDI I4 PZEV engine (PZEV states) 5M 159 hp (119 kW) @ 6500 RPM 146 lb·ft (198 N·m) @ 4450 RPM 26 36 30 NA NA
6A 159 hp (119 kW) @ 6500 RPM 146 lb·ft (198 N·m) @ 4450 RPM 27 38 31 NA NA
2.0 L Turbocharged GDI I4 engine 6M 252 hp (188 kW) @ 5500 RPM 270 lb·ft (370 N·m) @ 2500 RPM 23 32 26 155 6.0[26]
2.3 L Turbocharged GDI I4 engine 6M 350 hp (261 kW) @ 6000 RPM 350 lb·ft (470 N·m) @ 3200 RPM 19 25 22 165 4.6[27]

Running changes[edit]

Color choices were restricted during summer 2011, due to supply issues caused by the 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami. When black and dark blue returned they were replaced by different shades, although the phaseout of Kona Blue in favor of Sonic Blue had been planned.

In January 2012, Ford announced that the formerly automatic-only Titanium model would be offered with a manual transmission. In March 2012, Ford revised the ordering guide for the Titanium models to also have a MyFord Touch delete option, replacing it with the non-touch version of MyFord. Although MyFord Touch is an $995 option on SEL models and the PowerShift automatic a $1095 option on S and SE, no discount is applied to either manual or non-Touch Titanium models.

2013 model year changes for non-STs are; SE models gain standard SYNC and alloy wheels, the SEL trim is discontinued in favor of an "SE Appearance package" that includes most of the SEL features but with standard trim choices limited to black leather, while Titanium models also pick up standard leather upholstery. All now come standard with the 5-speed manual leaving the SFE pack as the last remaining automatic-only Focus (apart from the direct-drive electric), and color choices are rearranged.

Reliability issues[edit]

Along with the Ford Fiesta, the Focus equipped with the Ford PowerShift transmission has received much criticism due to transmission shuddering, including several lemon law claims.[14] The issue is due to the dry type clutches associated with petrol models. Ford's current response is to replace the clutch pack assembly (with the same parts) when shuddering exceeds 250 rpm (upon customer complaint).

Ford claims that the transmission, a semi-automatic transmission, is designed to improve fuel economy and has issued several software upgrades for the transmission. To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not required Ford to issue a recall, nor has Ford done so voluntarily. Focus models equipped with the conventional manual transmission have not been affected by the reliability issues.[14]

European market[edit]

The UK range is available in hatchback and estate (wagon) in a large number of trim variants including. Most other European countries, including the Republic of Ireland, also include the four-door saloon, unlike Britain, as previous generation sales did not sell as well in comparison with the hatchback and estate.

Engine lineup in Europe[edit]

  • 1.0 litre Ecoboost: this three-cylinder turbocharged engine is produced in two variants, producing 100 and 125 hp (75 and 93 kW). It replaced the 1.6-litre Ti-VCT Duratec in 2012.[28]
  • 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT: this engine is an updated version of the same engine from the previous model, with improved intake and exhaust manifolds. The improvements also mean that the engine has been updated to Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions standards. The 1.6-litre Ti-VCT is available in three versions, 85 hp (63 kW), 105 hp (78 kW) and 125 hp (93 kW). Torque figures are 141 N·m (104 lb·ft), 150 N·m (110 lb·ft), and 159 N·m (117 lb·ft), respectively.
  • 1.6-litre Ecoboost: this engine came with the Durashift B6 manual transmission. It was available with 150 or 182 hp (112 or 136 kW), both versions produced 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) of torque along with 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) with the overboost function. The 150 hp (110 kW) engine is rated for 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 7.6 seconds while the 182 hp (136 kW) completed it in 7.1 seconds. The 1.6-litre engine was replaced by the 1.5-litre engine in 2015.
  • 1.6-litre Duratorq: just like the petrol Duratec, the diesel is upgraded for emissions and economy. This engine has eight valves instead of 16 on the previous model. The basic version produces 95 hp (71 kW) and 230 N·m (170 lb·ft), while the top-of-the-range version generates 120 hp (89 kW) and 270 N·m (200 lb·ft) with 285 N·m (210 lb·ft) in the overboost function. For the Focus Econetic model, the engine produces 105 hp (78 kW).
  • 2.0-litre Duratorq: top of the range diesel engine is highly updated and available with Ford PowerShift transmission, it comes in two versions, 150 and 185 hp (112 and 138 kW), which produce 370 and 400 N·m (270 and 300 lb·ft) of torque, respectively.

Safety and recall[edit]

In 2017, Ford recalled Ford Focus with 1.6 ecoboost engines because of a risk of engine fires caused by a “lack of coolant circulation”. There were 29 fires related to the engine in the U.S. and Canada reported to Ford. The recall partly contributed to a charge of US$300 million by Ford.[29][30]

Other markets[edit]

Asia[edit]

In March 2012, the Focus was launched to the ASEAN markets at the Bangkok International Motor Show.[31] The Thailand range included: 1.6 Ambiente, 1.6 Trend, 2.0 Sport 5-door, 2.0 Titanium sedan, 2.0 Sport+ 5-door and 2.0 Titanium+ sedan trim levels,[32] while in Malaysia, there is the 2-liter variants only.

In Taiwan, Assembly started by the end of 2012. 2 petrol engines (1.6L Ti-VCT 125 PS and 2.0L GDI 170 PS) and 1 diesel engine (2.0L TDCi 163 PS) available, all come with PowerShift transmission as the manual transmission model was unavailable. 8 trim levels:
Hatchback: 1.6 Ti-VCT Trend, 2.0 GDI Trend, 2.0 GDI Sport, 2.0 TDCi Sport
Sedan: 1.6 Ti-VCT Ambiente, 1.6 Ti-VCT Trend, 1.6 Ti-VCT GHIA, 2.0 TDCi Trend

In the Korean market, 2.0L TDCi Duratorq Diesel is the only available engine (available in 140 hp and 163 hp configuration), and all come with the PowerShift transmission as the manual transmission model was unavailable. 3 Trim Levels: Trend (140 hp), Sport (163 hp), Titanium (163 hp), all available in both hatchback and sedan body style.

In Japan, the 2.0L Ti-VCT GDI Sport five door hatchback with either the five speed, dual clutch manual transmission, or the six speed "Power Shift" automatic transmission was the only model currently offered. The assembly changed from the Saarlouis Body & Assembly to the AutoAlliance Thailand facility. Its width dimensions at 1,810 mm (71.3 in) are not within the favorable Japanese compact car tax classification.[33]

Australasia[edit]

The New Zealand range is available in hatchback, sedan and wagon form. Variants include: Ambiente, Trend, Sport and Titanium. In the 2013 lineup there is one diesel available, in the form of the Trend wagon. This is the Duratorq 2.0-litre TDCi with the six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. The Australian range is available in hatchback and sedan. Variants include: Trend, Sport, Titanium and ST and the performance oriented RS. In the original lineup a diesel and 3 petrol engines were available based on what model, but the updated car has the all of the engines were replaced with the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine except for the Exclusive engines for the ST and RS variants. The Focus ST, has a 2.0-litre Ecoboost engine that is assembled at Saarlouis Body & Assembly rather than from AutoAlliance Thailand like the other models. The Ford Focus RS cars that had been allocated to Australia and New Zealand were all pre-ordered so quickly that the wait from ordering one at present will take 18 months. A recent update that the Australian range has received includes a standard Sync 3 infotainment system with navigation on all models, a return of the Convenience Pack on the Ford Focus Trend and the Technology Pack on Trend, Sport, and Titanium. The Technology Pack includes Lane departure warning, Lane keeping Aid, Active City Stop, Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beams, Blind Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Driver Impairment Monitor for $2000, but $1500 for the Titanium. Also, an optional Sports Executive Pack on the Sport and Titanium includes Bi-Xenon Headlamps with headlamp jet wash, and a Power Sunroof.[34]

Specifications[edit]

Hatchback (pre-facelift)
Sedan (pre-facelift)
Wagon (pre-facelift)
Interior (pre-facelift)

5-door hatchback model, availability varies between markets

Engine Transmission Power
Torque
Urban
l/100 km
Extra-urban
l/100 km
Combined
l/100 km
Top speed 0–100 km/h
(seconds)
CO2
Emissions
Petrol engines
1.0 L Ecoboost
(2012–)
5M 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp)
170 N·m (130 lb·ft)
5.9 4.1 4.8 187 km/h (116 mph) 12.5 109g/km
6M 125 PS (92 kW; 123 bhp)
170 N·m (130 lb·ft)
6.3 4.2 5.0 195 km/h (121 mph) 11.3 114g/km
1.6 L Ti-VCT Duratec 5M 85 PS (63 kW; 84 bhp)
141 N·m (104 lb·ft)
8.0 4.7 5.9 170 km/h (106 mph) 14.9
5M 105 PS (77 kW; 104 bhp)
150 N·m (110 lb·ft)
8.0 4.7 5.9 187 km/h (116 mph) 12.3 136g/km
5M 125 PS (92 kW; 123 bhp)
159 N·m (117 lb·ft)
8.0 4.7 5.9 195 km/h (121 mph) 10.9 149g/km
6A 125 PS (92 kW; 123 bhp)
159 N·m (117 lb·ft)
9.3 4.8 6.4 193 km/h (120 mph) 11.7
1.6 L Ecoboost 6M 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp)
240 N·m (180 lb·ft)
7.6 4.9 5.9 210 km/h (130 mph) 8.6 137g/km
6M 182 PS (134 kW; 180 bhp)
240 N·m (180 lb·ft)
7.6 4.9 5.9 222 km/h (138 mph) 7.9 137g/km
2.0 L Ecoboost 6M 250 PS (184 kW; 247 bhp)
360 N·m (270 lb·ft)
9.9 5.6 7.2 248 km/h (154 mph) 6.5 169g/km
Diesel engines
1.6 L Duratorq 6M 95 PS (70 kW; 94 bhp)
230 N·m (170 lb·ft)
5.1 3.7 4.2 180 km/h (112 mph) 12.5 109g/km
6M 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp)
270 N·m (200 lb·ft)
5.1 3.7 4.2 193 km/h (120 mph) 10.9 109g/km
1.6 L Duratorq Econetic 6M 105 PS (77 kW; 104 bhp)
270 N·m (200 lb·ft)
3.9 3.1 3.4 187 km/h (116 mph) 11.8 88g/km
2.0 L Duratorq 6A 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp)
300 N·m (220 lb·ft)
6.6 4.3 5.2 196 km/h (122 mph) 10.9
6M 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp)
320 N·m (240 lb·ft)
6.1 4.1 4.9 207 km/h (129 mph) 8.9 124g/km
6A 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp)
320 N·m (240 lb·ft)
6.6 4.3 5.2 205 km/h (127 mph) 9.5 134g/km
6M 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp)
340 N·m (250 lb·ft)
6.1 4.1 4.9 218 km/h (135 mph) 8.6 124g/km
6A 163 PS (120 kW; 161 bhp)
340 N·m (250 lb·ft)
6.6 4.3 5.2 215 km/h (134 mph) 8.9 134g/km

Safety[edit]

Euro NCAP test results
Ford Focus (2011)[35]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 33 92%
Child occupant: 40 82%
Pedestrian: 26 72%
Safety assist: 5 71%

Facelift (2014–present)[edit]

The Ford Focus facelift (Mk 3.5) was shown at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and features a raft of changes made to both the exterior, interior and engine line up.

Facelift Ford Focus hatchback
Facelift Ford Focus wagon
Facelift Ford Focus sedan

Changes include:

Revisions made to the body were thinner and sharper headlights, a new trapezoidal grille, giving the front more sporting intent than the previous model. The new front end is similar to that of the 2014 Mondeo as well as the facelifted 2013 Fiesta, while also inspired by the 2011 Ford Evos concept as well as various Aston Martin vehicles. (Ford owns an 8% interest in Aston Martin.) The 2015 facelifted Ford C-Max and Grand C-Max, the 2015 S-Max and Galaxy, have also incorporated the new family face. On Titanium and Titanium X the grille is chrome, and on other versions it is black mesh. The ST features a Black honeycomb grille.The front fog-lights were also changed. At the rear on the hatchback, the rear lights were changed, so that they appear sharper, and less clumsy. The estate and saloon, (saloon is not available in Britain), also had subtle revisions to their rears too.

Inside, the multitude of buttons on the dashboard were been removed, and replaced by an all-new eight-inch touchscreen. The quality of plastics improved, and the steering wheel was changed to a three-spoke. Trim levels in the UK consist of Studio, Style (instead of Edge due to the Ford Mondeo based SUV), Zetec, Zetec S (including special Red and Black editions) - later replaced in 2016 by ST-Line, Titanium, Titanium X and ST. Trim levels in Europe are similar to the pre-facelift model including Ambiente, Trend, Trend +, Titanium and ST. The new 1.5 TDCi Duratorq diesel (95 and 120 hp) and 1.5 Ecoboost (150 and 180 hp) has been added to the line-up. The 2.0 TDCi Duratorq diesel has been updated to produce 150 and 185 hp.

The new third-generation RS model went on sale in 2016, with pricing from around £31,000 and the new 2.3 Ecoboost from the Ford Mustang, but updated to produce 350 hp. It was revealed in the production variant at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and featured at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Mechanical improvements to the facelifted Ford Focus are chassis revisions to all versions, to make the car more planted on the road, and the steering is also sharper than the pre-facelift model, while also offering greater feedback for greater driving pleasure and fun, which has been the trademark of the Focus since it launched back in 1998.

Engine lineup in Europe[edit]

1.0 litre Ecoboost[edit]

Award-winning three-cylinder engine is produced in two variants, with 100 and 125 hp (75–93 kW). They both come with 170 newton metres (130 lbf·ft) of torque.

1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT[edit]

This engine - an updated version of the same engine from the previous model, allowing it to breathe better with improved intake and exhaust manifolds. The improvements also mean that the engine has been updated to EU5 norms (from 2015 - EU6 norms). From 2014, the 1.6 Ti-VCT was available in three versions: 85 hp (63 kW), 105 and 125 hp (78–93 kW), but in some European markets also as 86 kW/117 hp, with factory LPG (i.e.: German market - as 1.6 LPG Bivalenten Autogasmotor/ English: BiFuel LPG Engine). It was discontinued in 2016.

1.5-litre Ecoboost[edit]

This all-new engine replaces the 1.6-litre Ecoboost with the same power, but with improved economy. The engine comes equipped with either Ford-Getrag's Durashift B6 manual gearbox or with a new Torque Converter automatic (6F35) available on the Focus for the first time. In the Focus it is available with 132KW and 240NM of torque, the only engine on offer in the Australian Trend, Sport and Titanium models.

2.0 litre EcoBoost[edit]

Exclusive to the ST range, this engine continues to produce 252 hp (188 kW), and is available only with the 6-speed manual, producing 360 newton metres (270 lbf·ft) of torque.

2.3-litre Ecoboost[edit]

This all-new engine is already used in the new-generation Ford Mustang, and used by the third-generation Focus RS since 2016 with an output of 350 HP (257KW).

1.6-litre TDCi Duratorq[edit]

Just like the petrol Duratec, this diesel engine was upgraded for emissions and economy for the third-generation Focus. It produced 95 hp (71 kW) and 230 newton metres (170 lbf·ft) in the basic version and 115 hp (86 kW) and 270 newton metres (200 lbf·ft) of torque in the more potent version. For the Focus Econetic model, the engine produced 105 hp (78 kW). The engine as of 2016 has been replaced by the 1.5-litre TDCi engine

1.5-litre TDCi Duratorq[edit]

An all-new engine as of 2014, replaces the older 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel (despite running side-by-side for a few years) from 2016, and comes in three variants: 95 hp (71 kW) with 250 newton metres (180 lbf·ft) of torque, and 120 hp (89 kW) with 270 newton metres (200 lbf·ft) of torque. An Econetic option is also available, with 105 hp, but tuned for economy rather than performance.

2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq[edit]

The top of the range diesel engine is highly revised and updated and available with Ford PowerShift transmission, and the 6-speed manual. It now comes in two new versions, 150 hp (110 kW) with 370 newton metres (270 lbf·ft) of torque and 185 hp (138 kW) with 400 newton metres (300 lbf·ft) of torque, the latter also available in the ST.

ECOnetic[edit]

Front of prototype Series3 Ford Focus ECOnetic, showing closed lower grill and aerodynamic hubcaps on thinner low-resistance Michelin tyres

The second generation Focus ECOnetic for 2011 includes new technologies as Auto-Start-Stop system, Smart Regenerative Charging, Eco mode, Active Grille Shutter, ultra-low rolling resistance tyres, Shift Indicator Light and revised final drive ratio targeting 95g/km average CO2 emissions and 80mpg.[36] Third generation Focus ECOnetic will have improved Ford's Duratorq 1.6-litre 105 hp engine with standard coated Diesel particulate filter (cDPF).[36]

Focus Electric[edit]

The charging port in the production version is located on the left front fender

In January 2011 Ford launched its pre-production version based on the Focus Mark III under the new name of Ford Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show, rather than the traditional North American Auto Show.[37] with sales scheduled in the U.S. market by late 2011[38] and in Europe by 2013.[39] The concept electric car was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as the Ford Focus BEV.[40][41] The Focus BEV was based on the European second generation Focus.

For the Focus Electric, Ford used a complete electric drive train developed and supplied by Magna Steyr,[42] and uses a 23 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, has a range of 100 mi (160 km) on a charge, and a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h).

The Focus Electric will be built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan on the same line as the gasoline-powered version of the Focus, the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid and the C-Max Hybrid.[38][43] Initial production will be limited, with production to be ramped up in 2012.[44]

Ford announced that sales of the Ford Focus BEV are slated for late 2011, and it will be available initially only in 19 metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Houston and Austin, Texas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, Orlando, Florida, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Virginia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.[38]

The Ford Focus Electric was awarded the 2011 Green Car Vision Award at the 2011 Washington Auto Show.[45]

A new EV Focus is available in Europe with DC fast charge and a larger 33KWh battery.

Focus ST[edit]

Ford Focus ST hatchback
Ford Focus ST hatchback
Ford Focus ST wagon

Beginning Summer 2012 (UK)/late 2012 in the US, Ford offered a new performance-oriented hot hatch Focus ST, as first revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and then at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show when more details were announced, including the availability of an estate(wagon) version for European markets, and the possibility of a sports sedan version for North American markets.[46]

The ST features a new, more aggressive exterior design, including a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes and grille, larger rear wing, wider side sills, center exit exhaust, and alloy wheels. Inside, the car receives a trio of additional gauges mounted in the dashboard, faux-carbon fiber trim, and sport seats with body colored inserts and stitching. The car will be offered three trim options: ST1, ST2 and ST3; the same three options that were available with the MkII ST.

Differences between the US and European models besides the lack of the wagon model outside Europe and Federally-required amber side reflectors are limited to paint and trim: Euro ST1s get all-cloth Recaro seats while U.S.-spec ST1s use the same seats as the 2012 SE Sport Package; Red seat accents on the Recaro seats are not available on American ST2s; Euro ST3s feature a leather Recaro rear seat setup; The rear headrests are different in each market; Red is the only exterior color included in the base price in Europe while yellow is the only extra-cost color in the U.S.; The optional MyFord Touch system that is fitted to ST2/ST3 models in the U.S. is not offered in Europe; The North American ST utilizes a full-size spare tire while the Euro ST features a mini spare or fix-a-flat setup, depending on what audio system is fitted; The Euro ST offers further options (some grouped in option packages) compared to the North American models including: red brake calipers (standard on all ST trim levels in U.S.), pop-out door guards, heated windshield, lane departure system, and active speed limiter; Headlight washers are fitted to the Euro ST3; Only the ST3 model in the United States features the handbrake, armrest, and cup holder design from the Focus Titanium, while all Euro and Canadian Focus STs have that setup; The Euro Focus ST features a height-adjustable front passenger seat.

The ST will use a 252 hp (188 kW) & 366 N·m (270 lb·ft) version of the 4-cylinder 2.0L EcoBoost engine, a gain of 25 hp (only due to a better exploitation of the engine's potential) above the previous Focus ST which used a larger 2.5L 5-cylinder engine (a higher potential engine).[47] It is resultantly estimated that the ST will reach 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds, while its top speed will be 248 kilometres per hour (154 mph). Compared to the previous ST, the new model has the same 0 to 100 km/h time and has a 2 mph higher top speed. Another significant improvement is weight; the new car is 30 kilograms (66 lb) lighter than its 5-cylinder powered predecessor.

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The ST was featured in the 2012 film The Sweeney, a remake of the 1970s TV series of the same name. Ford gave six ST-badged Focuses to the production team.[49]

Facelift (2015–present)[edit]

For the 2015 model year, the ST continued to use the 252 HP (184 kW) 2.0L EcoBoost with a 6-speed manual gearbox in ST1, ST2 and ST3 trims for the European and US markets, and the single ST trim in the Australian market. Updates were made to the front and rear fascias to coincide with the changes implemented in the standard Focus, including the lights, grille, and rear diffuser. The availability of 5-door hatchback and estate (wagon) body styles remained unchanged. For the European markets, a 2.0L TDCi Duratorq Diesel engine was available for the ST with a 6-speed Powershift Automated-Manual gearbox to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTD and the SEAT León FR. The 2.0L Duratorq's rated output is 182 HP (136 kW), and 300 lb-ft (400 N-m) of torque in the ST. Pricing and badging is the same for petrol and diesel models.

Focus RS[edit]

Ford Focus RS
Ford Focus RS

Following the merger of Ford's North American Special Vehicle Team (SVT), the European TeamRS and the Australian FPV divisions[50] to the development of Ford's global performance vehicles, Ford's Advanced Product Creation and Performance Vehicles director Hermann Salenbauch announced that the decision to sell Ford Focus RS/SVT to North America depended on feedback from the media and customers.[51] However, the product would only appear 2 years after the release of the third generation Focus models.[52] On 4 August 2011 Ford's global boss for small cars, Gunnar Herrmann, revealed to magazine Drive that the third iteration of the hot-hatch was in the works. The new RS was expected to arrive towards the end of 2015 in Europe and the rest of the world; in North America it will arrive after 2015.[53] On 21 January 2015, Ford released a teaser video previewing the 2015 Ford Focus RS and announced a 3 February 2015 web-streaming reveal event from Cologne, Germany.[54] At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show the production ready MKIII Ford Focus RS was unveiled packing the turbocharged 2.3-litre inline-four engine found in the Mustang EcoBoost with over 320 hp (240 kW). In the Focus RS, the engine itself produces 350 hp (260 kW). Power is sent to all four wheels via Ford's all-new Torque-Vectoring All-Wheel-Drive system with a rear drive unit designed by GKN, as well as upgraded suspension and brakes. As well as that, the new Focus RS will be fitted with Drive Modes – including an industry-first Drift Mode that allows controlled oversteer drifts – and Launch Control. The RS will boast a model specific aerodynamic package that helps to differentiate it from other Focus models.[55] The RS is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds.[56]2018 marked the final model year for the Ford Focus RS. Ford Performance released Final Edition vehicles with a new Quaife mechanical-slip differential. However, there were no upgrades to the power and torque figures from previous model years. The 2018 Focus RS was only available in 2 colors, Race Red and Nitrous Blue. Gloss black roof, spoiler and mirror caps were added to differentiate the Final Edition. Only 1,000 2018 Ford Focus RS were available for U.S drivers and 500 for Canada. [57]

Marketing[edit]

The Ford Focus was promoted in The Amazing Race, a reality show featuring 11 teams racing around the world. The Focus was used in a few seasons as the mode of transportation for the racers. In the 18th installment, the 2012 Ford Focus was also used as a prize for the first team that completes a leg of the race.

Motorsports[edit]

The rallycross cars of Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entered a Ford Focus in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Street Tuner class in 2014.

Hoonigan Racing Division fields two Ford Focus RS rallycross cars in the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship, with drivers Andreas Bakkerud and Ken Block.[58]

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