All-New European Ford Focus coming to New Zealand


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  • Clean-sheet, German-built Ford Focus featuring new-generation, highly-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine and eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission
  • Focus awarded maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP under new, more stringent testing protocols. 
  • Driver Assist Technology includes AEB with Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist detection, as wel as Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Centring and Evasive Steer Assist, Post-Collision Braking
  • Ford Focus ownership experience is bolstered by Ford’s new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty
  • The Ford Focus line up for NZ will include Focus Trend, ST-Line and Titanium from January 2019, and arriving in mid-2019 the Ford Focus Active 

Auckland, NEW ZEALAND, 20 November 2018 – The all-new Ford Focus – the most accomplished and technically-competent Focus yet – has been developed from the ground up to provide the most confidence-inspiring, intuitive, and rewarding driver and occupant experience for New Zealanders.

“It’s always exciting to launch an entirely new vehicle but following its recent debut in Europe and having seen the excellent reviews from both customers and media, the new Focus is particularly exciting and one to watch in the new year,” said Ford New Zealand Managing Director, Simon Rutherford. “We’ve seen Focus set benchmarks in technology, driveability and performance, and this all-new generation has the best combination of that well-renowned Focus character, performance with the latest technology throughout.”

Five-Star Safety

Focus was earlier this year awarded the maximum 5-star safety rating by independent crash test authority Euro NCAP – one of the first vehicles to be awarded the highest rating under new, more stringent testing protocols.

In addition, Euro NCAP recently commended the technologies in the new Focus that are designed to make the vehicle driving experience more comfortable, less demanding and to help drivers avoid or mitigate the effects of accidents.  

Ford developed the new Focus using’s the Company’s new €15.5 million sled test crash testing facility in Cologne, Germany, to further enhance safety.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers, and Ford believes delivering smart cars with technologies that help drivers avoid hazardous situations is every bit as essential as developing strong cars that keep occupants safe in the event of an accident,” said Helmut Reder, global vehicle line director B-car and C-car, Ford of Europe.

Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection

Standard across the range, the all-new Focus features AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) known by Ford as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology. The Ford Focus system can detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. In addition, Focus goes even further with the system’s capability to detect cyclists as well as function in the dark using light from the headlamps.

Should an accident occur, new Post-Collision Braking technology can help to reduce the impact of a potential secondary collision by automatically applying moderate brake pressure when an initial collision event is detected. Slowing the vehicle can potentially lessen injury to occupants and reduce further damage to the vehicle.

Voice-activated SYNC 3 including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility is also standard on every new Focus, with a full-colour 8.0-inch touchscreen and full-colour 180-degree reversing camera.

Focus also brings innovations such as under body panels and an active grille shutter, air-curtain technology, as well as air separation features in the rear bumper as part of a cache of design elements that deliver silken aerodynamic efficiency for a 0.27 Cd.

New Power and Efficiency

A new-generation, highly efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission and a Ford industry-first cylinder deactivation application for the three-cylinder engine is standard on every new Focus. The new new intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission adapts shift patterns to driving style, and is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic Rotary Gear Shift Dial.

With significant improvements in fuel economy, thanks to advanced materials and weight reduction, the new powertrain also ensures improved drivability with greater power and torque.

It features advanced technology and features including:

  • A new combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection that helps deliver high power – now 134kW – and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel-efficiency under light engine loads
  • A low-friction three-cylinder architecture that delivers naturally high torque at low rpm, with 240Nm developed from a low 1600rpm.
  • An integrated exhaust manifold that improves fuel-efficiency by helping the engine reach optimal temperatures faster, and delivers torque more rapidly by minimising the distance exhaust gasses travel between the cylinders and turbocharger
  • An all-aluminium construction for light-weight, improved dynamics and efficiency

Ford’s advanced new turbocharged EcoBlue diesel engine available on the new Focus Trend Wagon is designed to deliver higher power, more torque at low rpm, and enhanced fuel-efficiency and refinement for higher-mileage drivers. The 2.0‑litre EcoBlue engine delivers 110kW, 370Nm of torque, and CO2 emissions from an anticipated 114 g/km.

In addition to an integrated intake system with mirror-image porting for optimised engine breathing; low-inertia turbocharger; high-pressure fuel injection system that is more responsive, quieter and offers more precise fuel delivery; and standard selective catalytic reduction emissions after-treatment that contributes to improved NOX reduction, the 2.0-litre EcoBlue features multiple innovations that reduce friction, including:

  •  A 10 mm offset crank design that minimises piston side-load, reducing rubbing forces against the cylinder walls
  • Steel pistons – used for the first time in a Ford diesel engine – for optimised dimensions and less expansion when hot
  • Minimised crankshaft bearing diameters
  • A belt-in-oil design for the camshaft and oil pump drive belts

Ford’s new quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission is engineered to further optimise fuel-efficiency and deliver responsive performance. Standard across the new Focus line up the eight-speed transmission features:

  • Adaptive Shift Scheduling, which assesses individual driving styles to optimise gearshift timings. The system can identify uphill and downhill gradients and hard cornering, and adjust gearshifts accordingly for a more stable, engaging and refined driving experience
  • Adaptive Shift Quality Control, which assesses vehicle and environmental information to help adjust clutch pressures for consistently smooth gearshifts. The technology can also adjust shift smoothness to suit driving style

The new engines have fuel consumption ratings as follows:

Trend               2.0L EcoBlue Diesel                  4.4L/100 Kms combined*, 114g/Km C02
Trend/ST          1.5L EcoBoost                          5.9L/100Kms combined*, 132g/Km C02
Titanium            1.5L EcoBoost                          6.1L/100Kms combined*, 137g/Km C02

*All fuel consumption figures are from officially approved tests in accordance with ECE Regulation 83.05. Fuel economy figures quoted are based on the Fuel Economy Regulation ECE 101.01 and may differ from consumer results depending on driving conditions, vehicle maintenance and driving styles.

Sporty and spacious

The sporty all-new Focus silhouette is the most aerodynamic in its class. Athletic and dynamic, each model is differentiated with unique elements including a large spoiler and open front apertures for the ST-Line; and contrast silver front and rear skid plates for the Active.

Inside, simple, clean lines, expressive materials and seamlessly integrated surfaces make travelling in the Focus a more calming experience. The front doors now flow fluidly behind the instrument panel for a wrap-around effect, and soft touch materials deliver a more premium feel.

High-end consumer product design is reflected with polished glass and brushed finishes. Unique features and materials include leather for Titanium, sporty carbon fibre-effect finishes and red stitching for the ST-Line, and more rugged, textured materials and surfaces for the Active.

The all-new Focus also provides more space inside for passengers and luggage. More than 5 centimetres additional length between the front and rear wheels allows class-leading knee clearance for rear seat passengers, and all occupants benefit from the wider interior – there are six centimetres more shoulder room in the rear. The impression of spaciousness is enhanced with a rear door design featuring windows that stretch further back for a more open sensation, and an openable panoramic roof that lets light flood into the interior.

Able to accommodate a large dog crate without needing to fold the rear seats, the all-new Focus Trend wagon boot space is easy to access. Folding the rear seats is also simplified – they now drop simply by pulling a switch in the boot space.

Introducing the Focus ST Line and Focus Active

Ford New Zealand is adding two new variants to the Focus line up – the Ford Focus ST-Line and the Ford Focus Active. Both offer the discerning Focus customer additional choice and style to suit.

The Focus ST-Line arrives as a 5-door hatch with unique features and equipment that further develop its distinctive character. This includes a flat-bottom steering wheel, red stitching throughout and unique sports seating. There are also 17-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower ride-height for sportier dynamics and more athletic visual presence.

The Focus Active with its elevated ground clearance is an entirely new concept for Focus. SUV-inspired design seamlessly blends form with function to deliver a cabin that is rugged yet sophisticated. The versatile Active crossover delivers practicality, flexibility and utility. Increased ride height and extended wheel arches gives the driver greater command of the road, while larger tyres make the vehicle more stable on all terrains. 

Ford Customer Care

The New Ford Focus is covered by Ford’s new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Ford New Zealand has been building a comprehensive after-sales care package since 2016, which already includes highly competitive offerings for customers such as Sat Nav updates,  Loan Car, Roadside Assistance extensions when serviced at you Ford dealer , Vehicle Report Cards and Service Price Menus. The new five-year warranty extends the after-sales care package even further, offering customers additional peace of mind when purchasing a new Ford.

In addition, the warranty has other advantages:

  • The respective warranty is available across every buyer type/sales type.
  • There are no additional qualifications to the original 3 year/100,000 kilometre Ford Express Warranty.
  • The 5 years are available “up front” from delivery – It is not a 3+2 conditional warranty.
  • The balance of the warranty is fully transferrable with the vehicle.
  • All Ford Genuine and Ford Licensed accessories fitted to vehicles prior to vehicle delivery are covered by the same warranty.
  • The only exclusions that remain at 3 year 100,000 km’s are:
  • Shock absorbers
  • Batteries

For full terms and conditions on Ford New Zealand’s service options, please visit:

On sale from January 2019

The all-new Ford Focus will be on sale in New Zealand from January 2019. The Ford Focus Active will round out a four-vehicle line up, arriving in mid-2019.

All New Ford Focus Line-up, Specifications and Pricing

All-new Ford Focus Trend Hatch 8-speed AT 1.5L EcoBoost Petrol $31,990
All-new Ford Focus Trend Wagon 8-speed AT 2.0L EcoBlue Diesel $37,990
All-new Ford Focus ST-Line Hatch 8-speed AT 1.5L EcoBoost Petrol $36,990
All-new Ford Focus Active Hatch 8-speed AT 1.5L EcoBoost Petrol $36,990
All-new Ford Focus Titanium Hatch 8-speed AT 1.5L EcoBoost Petrol $41,990

*Recommended Retails Pricing only. Price shown includes GST but excludes Dealer delivery fee and On Road Costs. The selling price of any vehicle is at the discretion of the selling Dealer.

Standard All-New Focus Trend features:


  • Hatch: 1.5L EcoBoost engine, with Cylinder Deactivation (134kW, 240Nm)
  • Wagon: EcoBlue 2.0L Diesel (110kW/370Nm), runs with AdBlue
  • Both: 8-speed automatic transmission with e-shifter and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Auto stop/start

Exterior features:

  • 5-door hatch with laser-welded body
  • All-new aerodynamic body design with 0.27 Cd
  • Active front grille
  • Aero curtain front bumper
  • Underbody aerodynamic panels
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • 16-inch alloy wheels

Interior features:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • All-new interior with increased knee, shoulder room
  • Cruise control
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Power windows with global open/close
  • Electronic park brake
  • Rotary e-shifter
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Comfort seats
  • 6-way manual driver seat adjustment with lumbar support

Infotainment features:

  • 8.0-inch high-resolution full-colour touchscreen
  • SYNC 3 operating system
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & AppLink
  • Built-in satellite-navigation
  • Voice Control/Voice Recognition i.e. Climate Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Google Maps, Spotify compatible, Waze Compatible
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Compatible
  • 6-speaker audio

Safety and security features:

  • Driver, front passenger, front seat-side and side curtain airbags
  • AEB with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
  • Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning
  • 180-degree full-colour high-resolution reversing camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Traction Control
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Post-impact Braking
  • Ford MyKey
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Power child locks
  • ISOFIX child-seat mounting points

Focus ST-Line hatch

The Focus ST-Line includes the following features additional to or an enhancement over Trend:

Exterior features:

  • ST-Line unique honeycomb active grille
  • ST-Line specific rear bumper
  • ST-Line rear spoiler
  • ST-Line unique body kit including side skirts
  • Unique 17-inch rock metallic-finish alloy wheels
  • Sports suspension with 10mm lower ride height
  • Privacy glass
  • Chrome twin tailpipes
  • Auto folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Automatic (dusk sensing) headlights with Follow Me Home function
  • Automatic (rain-sensing) windscreen wipers

Interior features:

  • Smart keyless entry and push-button engine start
  • ST-Line dark roof lining
  • ST-Line flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Metallic foot pedals
  • Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) mirror

Ford Focus Active (Available in NZ from Q2 2019), as per Focus Trend, plus:


  • Keyless Entry w/ Push Button Start
  • Instrumentation and Controls:

Active unique drive modes: 

  • Slippery & Trail
  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert & Active Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go

Active unique content includes:

  • Active branded scuff plates
  • Active cloth trim with Nordic blue stitching
  • Active deco elements – door and dashboard
  • High ride suspension
  • Independent (multi-link) rear suspension

Focus Titanium hatch

Titanium includes the following features additional to or an enhancement over Trend:

The most advanced model ever offered to New Zealand customers, Focus Titanium offers premium features including the most comprehensive Driver-Assist Technology suite ever offered on a Focus. 

In addition to Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Focus Titanium brings:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop&Go (new) and Lane-Centring and Evasive Steer Assist helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead; helps reduce stress during long road trips by helping keep the vehicle centred in its lane. Respectively, these two features are designed to provide continuous hands-on steering support to guide the vehicle and keep it centred in the lane and gives an appropriate level of steering torque to help the driver to help avoid a collision. That is, it can make the steering lighter if the customer steers too slowly or makes the steering heavier if the customer steers too aggressively.
  • The new Stop & Go feature is designed to enable the ACC system to bring the vehicle to a complete halt in stop-start traffic, and automatically pull away if the stopping duration is less than three seconds. For stopping durations greater than three seconds, the driver can push a steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away.
  • Evasive Steering Assist, designed to operate at city and motorway speeds, uses radar and a camera to detect slower-moving and stationary vehicles ahead and can provide steering support to enable drivers to manoeuvre around a vehicle if a collision is imminent.
  • Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking, is designed to warn drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them and can now for the first time apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions if drivers do not respond to warnings.
  • Active Park Assist 2 is an extension of Active Park Assist, supporting the driver in both parallel in and parallel out parking spaces, as well as parking manoeuvres in tight, regular and large spaces. Upon the driver’s request, the system conducts all necessary steps of the parking manoeuvre. Further technology includes Head-up Display (HUD), which presents key data like the speedometer, higher into the eye line of the driver.

Exterior features:

  • Chrome grille and window detailing
  • LED adaptive cornering fog lamps
  • LED taillights
  •  Auto folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Interior features:

  • Smart keyless entry and push-button engine start
  • 6-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar
  • Heated front seats with leather upholstery
  •  Variable LED colour ambient lighting

Safety and security features:

  • Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control(ACC) with Stop & Go