Ford Focus has officially become a reality, with the first of five model variants to be unveiled at a press event on Wednesday.
The Focus will be the first-ever all-electric Ford vehicle to be mass produced, and will feature a 5.0-litre four-cylinder engine and a range of new technologies to enhance the experience.
It will be a rare Ford that is not powered by a battery.
A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be standard on all models, as will a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The Focus will also come with a suite of driver assistance technologies, including lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure mitigation.
The Ford Focus, or the “all-electric Focus,” will debut at the Detroit Auto Show on Wednesday in the United States.
(Photo: Ford)The Focus is the most technologically advanced of Ford’s lineup, and it will also be the most expensive.
The Ford Focus is expected to set the standard for all-wheel-drive electric vehicles for the next decade, and that will be important for the company’s business model.
Ford says the Focus will sell for $27,900 (U.S.) and go on sale in 2021, making it the most affordable electric vehicle on the market.
The company says the new Focus will offer “a unique blend of performance and convenience,” with features like a rear-seat entertainment system and four-wheel steering, but also a “hybrid interior.”
The Focus, which will have a range up to 300 kilometres (186 miles) on a single charge, will also have an optional six-cylindered diesel engine with a range capacity of 240 kilometres (160 miles).
It will be available in the US, Canada and Mexico, with production slated to begin in 2019.
The new Focus is scheduled to go on display at the 2017 Detroit Auto Shows.
(CBC)Ford is the largest carmaker in the world, and the company has been making electric cars since at least the mid-1970s, when the Ford GT was introduced.
The first all-new Ford model was the Focus RS, introduced in 1983, which was powered by the same 6.2-litres four-stroke engine as the Focus.
That car had a top speed of 210 kilometres per hour (140 mph), but it was the first Ford model to have a rear seat, and in the late 1980s, Ford introduced a range-extender electric powertrain.
Ford said the new model will have the same fuel economy and emissions as the existing Focus RS and Focus S, and there will be two electric powertrains available.
There will be an electric range-increasing “supercharged” version with a capacity of 300 kilometres per day and a hybrid “supercharger” that can increase the power output to 400 kilometres per charge.
The Fusion will have more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of range, and is expected be the last of the three Fusion models that will make their debut in 2021.
Ford plans to offer the new Fusion at the price point of the new Model X, and to give it the same range as the Ford Fusion SUV, the company said.
The second-generation Fusion will be powered by Ford’s Fusion Hybrid electric motor and will be offered in the U.S., Canada and China.
The third-generation version will be introduced later in 2021 and will also include an all-aluminum body.
The Fusion Hybrid will be Ford’s first all new all-road vehicle since the Fusion Hybrid Sport was introduced in 2009.
The final Fusion will likely be offered as a hybrid or electric version of the Focus, and Ford is not expected to reveal the pricing or the specifications of the vehicle until at least 2021.