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New Ford Focus prices

Entry-level facelifted Ford Focus to cost the same as before when it goes on sale in November.

Ford’s global bestseller is to get a raft changes including styling tweaks, more sophisticated technology, improved cabin quality and new engines later this year.

The new front end gives it more of a family feel – fitting in with the Fiesta and forthcoming new Mondeo.

The revised Focus will be the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, an additional hands-free parking technology to help drivers reverse into spaces alongside other vehicles.

It will also be offered with Ford’s second generation connectivity interface, SYNC2, featuring a high-resolution, eight-inch colour touch screen and voice control to access audio, navigation, climate control and mobiles phones. SYNC 2’s navigation system also offers a split-screen display for the first time on a Ford vehicle in Europe.

Engine changes include a new 1.5-litre diesel engine offering a 10% improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing version, and a drop in carbon dioxide emissions to 98g/km.

There’s also a new 1.5-litre version of the four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, with the same 180bhp as the outgoing 1.6, but 7% better fuel economy and CO2 emissions down to 127g/km.

The new Focus range retains a six-series line-up of Studio (from £13,995), Style (£16,795), Zetec (£18,295), Zetec S (£20,045), Titanium (£19,795) and Titanium X (£21,795).

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