The next-generation Ford Focus and Mondeo are arriving at Hendy very soon. These are hugely important cars; the Ford Focus is the best-selling nameplate in the world, and the Mondeo is a key player in the saloon segment. We bring you the freshly revealed details of the next-generation of Fords.
The Focus debuts first, arriving in showrooms this November. It's sleeker and better looking thanks to smoothed front and rear bumpers, a new grille and new front and rear lights. But it's under the stylish skin that most of the changes have been made.
The engine range features a new 1.5-litre TDCi in addition to the existing - and vast - range of choice. With six trim levels, six engines (each with two power outputs), and three gearboxes on offer, Ford have made sure there's something in the range for everyone. Most of the engines have been updated to be more efficient, returning better mileage and lower emissions rates.
Inside the cabin, drivers will find Ford's new SYNC® 2 smartphone integration system, now with over 1,000 recognised voice commands. The simplified system means Ford have been able to cut as many as 40 buttons from the dash, depending on specification.
The last Focus was the first Ford to come with parallel parking assistance; the newest version can also steer in and out of bay parking spaces. Ford MyKey technology is another new feature. The system enables owners to set limitations on usage - such as maximum speed, stereo volume, not starting the engine if seatbelts aren't being used and so on - for other drivers who aren't in possession of the master key. It's ideal for families, should parents want to keep their children from misbehaving behind the wheel. A collision avoidance system, traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning and stop/start technology also features.
The new Ford Mondeo will arrive early next year, wearing all-new styling and riding on a new platform and boasting a range of new engines. The latest 1.5-litre diesel TDCi and 1.0 EcoBoost petrol engines available for the Focus will appear in the Mondeo too, but more significantly two hybrid versions will be available: a normal petrol-electric hybrid and a plug-in model with a longer electric-only range.
Inside Ford say there's a new eight-inch full colour touch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, and Ford's SYNC® 2 connectivity and entertainment system. Like the Focus, the Mondeo will receive voice command integration.
At the top of the expanded range, there's a new Vignale trim level to compete with luxury manufacturers, offering the highest specification ever fitted to a Mondeo. Featuring quilted leather seats, chrome trim, larger alloys, a new grille and LED headlights as standard, the Vignale is sure to make an impression.
Prices for the Mondeo haven't been officially confirmed, but expect it to start around £18,000. The new Focus starts at £13,995 for the Studio model, with deliveries commencing this November. Orders are open for both models, though the Mondeo won't arrive until early next year. We'll bring you further updates when we know more!
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