Ford has unveiled the sporty Zetec S from its all-new Focus line-up. The Zetec S was specifically built for the UK market. Its styling is sporty and it is also where the 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost petrol engine debuts. The Zetec S is based on the current Zetec model. It comes with a full sports styling kit that consists of some one-of-a-kind front and rear spoilers with lower sill extensions and a set of 17-in alloy wheels that comes along with sports suspension that have stiffened springs and dampers, aluminum-style sports pedals, rear LED tail lamps and Ford Power starter button.
The Ford Focus Zetec S is offered in five-door bodystyle with an estate version to follow in February 2012. It is available with a choice of four engines including the 1.6-litre 180PS EcoBoost turbo-charged petrol engine, which enables the vehicle to go as fast as 138mph.
It could also sprint from zero to 62mph in just 7.9 sec and has CO2 emissions of 139g/km CO2. The ECOnetic Technology badge is seen on any Focus Zetec S chosen that has this engine or the 1.6-litre 115PS TDCi. This badge features auto start-stop, Ford ECO mode, gear shift indicator, active grille shutter and smart regenerative charging.
Ford also offers the 1.6-litre 125PS Ti-VCT petrol and the 2.0-litre 163PS TDCi. They can be specified with either manual or PowerShift automatic transmission. The Focus Zetec S is priced at £18,745, making it only £1,250 higher than the equivalent Zetec derivative. This offers outstanding value since if bought separately, the added features would add more than £1,700. The Zetec S and Titanium have the same price, giving customers the choice of sport or luxury with the same price tag.
The available options are the technology-filled Driver Assistance Pack which has gotten many awards, cruise control with Active Speed Limiter and a Zetec S interior pack that comes with Inferno Red partial leather, heated front seats, power driver seat, power rear windows and global closing for just £800 more.
The new generation Ford Focus is developed in Europe and underpinned by the carmaker’s new global C-segment platform, which is bound to underpin at least 10 vehicles around the world and generate two million produced units by 2012. The use of this platform allows the Focus to be sold in over 120 markets around the world, sharing 80 percent common parts.
Kuzak remarked that the unveiling of three new core Focus body styles in Paris, France represents a new milestone in Ford’s global C-car strategy. He disclosed that Ford will simultaneously commence production of the Focus at its assembly sites in Saarlouis, Germany and Michigan, United States in the next few months, thereby allowing carmakers to start realizing its vision of delivering at least 10 new derivatives from the C-segment platform.
As lead plants, the Saarlouis and Michigan sites are currently preparing for a simultaneous manufacturing launch by the end of 2010. Ford has confirmed in Paris that it has no plans to expand the new three-model Ford Focus with another three-door or Coupé-Cabriolet derivatives. He explained that the sleek and coupé-like design of the five-door hatchback means it would not be possible to create a three-door version of the Focus.
Kuzak noted that the three-model Focus range should be able to provide the ideal fusion of sporty, dynamic looks and daily practicality. He added that customers seeking a C-segment with the same bold appearance but with extra space would be excited about the new C-MAX as it will satisfy their mobility needs.
The US carmaker is inching closer to fulfill its promise to include a performance version of the Focus to the next-generation line-up in 2012 by unveiling a preview of this model – the new Ford Focus ST -- at Paris. This performance iteration of the Focus will be powered by a Ford EcoBoost engine that provides up to 250 PS.