Ford unveiled today, March 27th, at the 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show, its third-generation Focus and the C-segment for the ASEAN market.
The C346 Focus was admired in Bangkok yesterday as a preview to the media, with an Ingot Silver version of the sedan being showcased. The model features a clean and elegant design and it will be available with two engine options, including the new normally-aspirated Duratec 2.0 litre Ti-VCT GDi engine. It will offer 170 PS and 200 Nm of torque, partnered to a six-speed, dual dry-clutch PowerShift transmission, replete with paddle shifters. The second powertrain is the Duratec 1.6-litre Ti-VCT engine, which features 125 PS and 159 Nm, matched with either the six-speed Ford PowerShift transmission or a five-speed iB5 manual gearbox.
The model also has some state-of-the-art technologies such as the Active Grille Shutter system, which controls the airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine, reducing the car’s wind noise at speed and also contributing to fuel efficiency, the Active Park Assist, the Active City Stop collision-mitigation system, the Smart Keyless Entry and the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) among others.
By the end of 2012 Focus is set to begin scale production at the company’s new US$450 million manufacturing facility in Rayong, for the ASEAN region as well as other countries.