The avant-garde dashboard is attractively styled as compared to the more conservative VW Jetta. On top of that, the soft touch plastic on the dashboard feels good to touch and adds a premium feel to the interior. According to the sales lady, the plastic is supposedly certified to be non-allergic in the UK. However, the same quality feel cannot be said of the interior door panels, which is a shame as they are molded in hard plastic.
The new Focus is available in two trims, namely the ‘Trend’ and ‘Titanium’. The model on display is the 'Trend' version. Standard on both trims are 6 airbags, front fog lamps, auto rain sensor & headlamps and auto dimming rear view mirror. The Titanium model gains a pair of bi-Xenon headlamps, cruise control, start button and larger 17 inch alloy rims as compared to the 16 inch ones found on the ‘Trend’ version.
Only one engine option is available, which is the 1.6L Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). It churns out 125PS and is mated to Ford’s 6 speed Powershift (dual clutch) transmission. In this combination, the 4-door Focus is propelled from 0 to 100km/h in 11.0 sec. In comparison, the Civic 1.6L is able to perform the same act in 10.3 sec. According to the sales lady, the 1.6L Ecoboost version will only make it here at the end of next year. Until then, the new Focus will have to smell the exhaust fumes from the Civic and Jetta.
The Focus is priced between $114,800 to $123,800. Regent Motors is currently offering $5,000 off the new model. More photos and specifications of the Focus can be found below. I have also included some shots of the beautiful ladies at the event, who are kind enough to pose for me.