Hot lapping is a motorsport where vehicles are driven around a race track without actually competing for any position or any other recording of performance. Multiple vehicles are inside the track. No passing is allowed and that’s what we just did when we drive the Refined and Smarter new Ford Focus with EcoBoost engine to test its performance and discover the Advanced Driver Assist Technologies – Enhanced Active Park Assist and Active City Stop.
“The new Ford Focus has been created with our customers and their needs in mind,” said Kay Hart, managing director, Ford Philippines. “The sophisticated, energized, and progressive new Focus is loaded with the smartest and safest technologies in its segment, making it absolutely more efficient and cleverly designed, all within a more refined package.”
The new Ford Focus is powered by a powerful and efficient 1.5L four-cylinder EcoBoost engine. More powerful than the naturally aspirated 2.0L engine.
The engine uses the core EcoBoost technologies of turbocharging, high-pressure direct fuel-injection, and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing.
The 1.5L EcoBoost engine is paired to a new modern, lightweight, and efficient six-speed automatic transmission.
A more refined Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) further improves the driving experience with more precise steering and lower effort, while reducing unwanted damping and providing excellent feedback to the driver.
The new Focus is equipped with Ford‘s advanced connectivity system, SYNC 2.
What makes the new Focus stands out from the rest of the car brands is its cutting-edge technology to help drivers stay connected and in control with the Advanced Driver Assist Technology.
If it’s for the reason that we’re going to purchase a new car, it’ll be because of the Enhanced Active Park Assist and the Active City Stop that is available only with the new Focus.
The Enhanced Active Park Assist builds upon Ford’s popular Parallel Park Assist with the addition of Perpendicular Park Assist. Once activated, the system scans for available aprkign spaces alongside the other cars.
Tip: When using this system, make sure you are driving slowly so that the sensors can easily find you a space to park.
Perpendicular Park Assist uses two new ultrasonic sensors on the rear of the car, which also enables Park Out Assist. Park Out Assist takes the stress out of exiting a parallel parking space by taking control of the steering wheel while the drive operates the brake and accelerator.
Tip #2: Just trust the system when navigating the Advanced Driver Assist Technology and take your hands off the steering when the sensors locate you your parking space.
In urban driving up to 50 km/h, an improved Active City Stop system can help mitigate low-speed collisions. Using a windshield-mounted sensor to detect braking, slower-moving, or stationary vehicles in front, the system pre-charges the brakes if the car is approaching a vehicle in front too quickly. If the driver fails to take action, the system reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of a collision.
The new Focus is already available this month and shall be offered in four variants at the following price points:
- 1.5L Focus GTDI EcoBoost Sport+ AT – PhP 1,278,000
- 1.5L Focus GTDI EcoBoost Titanium+ AT – PhP 1,278,000
- 1.5L Focus GTDI EcoBoost Sport AT – PhP 1,088,000
- 1.5L FOcus GTDI EcoBoost Titanium AT – PhP 1,088,000
The new Focus comes in eight captivating colors: Frozen White, Panther Black, Ingot Silver, Winning Blue, Magnetic Metallic, Lunar Sky, Candy Red, and Mustard Olive.
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