Among the VIPs present at the launch are David Westerman (MD, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company), Matthew Moran (Communications Manager, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company), Veemala Rethinasamy (Director, Sales and Marketing, Malaysia, Ford Motor Company), Adeline Lew (Head, Sales, Sime Darby Auto Connexion) and Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz (MD, Sime Darby Auto Connexion).
The new Focus, as was reported earlier this year in our in-depth review, is a facelifted model. Three variants have been introduced for the Malaysian market, the baseline Trend hatchback, the Sport+ and the saloon Titanium+.
Powering the new Focus is the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, claimed to output a respectable 177.01hp (132kW @6,000rpm) and 240Nm of torque (@1,600-5,000rpm). Ford’s PowerShift dual-clutch transmission has been replaced with a conventional torque converter six-speed transmission, which drives the front wheels on all variants.
The Trend variant makes do with the bare essentials: manual air-conditioning, SYNC (rather than SYNC2), fabric seats, two airbags (for front occupants only), a 3.5-inch monochrome display on the dashboard, manual 4-way seat adjustment for driver, no daytime-running lights (DRLs), and keyed ignition.
Fortunately, ATSA comes as standard across the line-up, in addition to: Active Grille Shutter, Hill Launch Assist, a full-body styling kit, halogen headlamps, manual headlamp leveller, fog lamps, power windows, rear child-proof locks, manual 2-way adjustment for the front passenger seat, ISOFIX mounts, EPATS (passive anti-theft system), rear parking sensors, MyKey, and SOS Post Crash Alert.
The Sport+ and Titanium+ are the ones to look out for, then, as it includes much of the awesomeness one would expect in a Ford. The ones making all the headlines are:
Weirdly enough, the Titanium+ saloon’s tyres are not shod in 18-inch rims like its Australian counterpart, but gets 16-inch 205/60 profile tyres (got told about this by Anthony Lim). I am guessing that Ford is seeking ride comfort for the saloon, as befitting the target market in this segment.
Pricing and availability
The entry-level Trend is yours for RM118,888, the Sport+ and Titanium+ for RM139,888 (all OTR without insurance). Do read our in-depth review for more information on the new Focus, or check out SDAC’s website for prices in East Malaysia.
Check out more awesome photos of the new Ford Focus on Flickr.