The Focus is the fourth model in Ford’s passenger car portfolio, after the Kuga, Puma and Fiesta, to adopt mild-hybrid technology, as the company maintains a commitment to electrifying all its European cars by the end of 2021. Expect both variants to arrive in dealerships in July.
The non-hybrid 1.0-litre engine remains available and can be paired to either the manual gearbox for 50.4mpg or an optional eight-speed automatic for 44.1mpg. The 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre Ecoblue diesel engines remain on sale, too.
The Zetec nameplate, not yet seen on this generation of Focus, returns as the entry point into the range. Available from £22,210, it’s equipped as standard with 16in alloy wheels, electric wing mirrors with in-built puddle lamps, automatic headlights, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearstick, an 8.0in touchscreen and a suite of driver aids, including pre-collision assist, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist.
The Zetec is not available with the new hybrid motor but can be specified with a choice of the conventionally fuelled 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine or the 1.5-litre Ecoblue diesel.
As part of this round of updates, the Focus gains a new 12.3in digital instrument cluster that can be used in the mild-hybrid car to show energy usage and flow rates.
Later this year, all Focus models will gain the firm’s FordPass Connect system, which warns of obstacles and hazards on the road ahead using information collected from local authorities, emergency services and other road users.
Rounding off the model line revisions, the standard kit list for existing ST-Line and Active trim packages has been bolstered with the addition of an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and keyless entry.