Focus Elevates Driving Dynamics
OCT
25

The all-new Ford Focus will take dynamic driving to new levels with optionally available handling packages on SE and range-topping Titanium model.

Driving dynamics and responsive handling have been elevated across the entire all-new Focus range for 2012. All Focus models feature standard specifically tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, independent Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control. These features combine to make Focus more agile and confidence-inspiring for enthusiast and normal drivers alike.

“Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus,” said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. “They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We’ve done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models.”

The automotive enthusiast community should appreciate the sharpened handling offered in the volume-series Focus SE four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. The SE Sport Package features sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels, sport seats, four-wheel disc brakes, piano black grille, metallic interior trim accents, leather-wrapped steering wheel and standard five-speed manual transmission.

Focus SE Sport Package four-door models add a rear spoiler, while all SE Sport Package models with the PowerShift™ dual-clutch transmission add SelectShift Automatic™ functionality for manual override gear selection. SE Sport Package is the only mid-level Focus model to offer premium Yellow Blaze Metallic Tri-coat paint, as well.

Two additional wheel packages are offered with the Focus SE Sport Package. A 16-inch machined alloy wheel with painted pockets is offered as an upgrade, while serious enthusiasts may wish to add the 17-inch machined and painted alloy wheel option.

The range-topping Focus Titanium model is fitted with the sport-tuned suspension as standard equipment. This includes stiffer springs and dampers.

Enthusiast buyers specifying a Focus Titanium sedan or hatchback can add the Titanium Handling Package with optimized suspension components, special 18-inch alloy wheels, low-profile summer performance tires and a trunk-mounted full-size spare.

“Focus enthusiasts spoke and we listened, providing them with additional packages,” said Rushbrook, an active amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racer. “Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium Handling Packages.”

North American Ford Focus hatchback and sedan with optional handling packages will go on sale – in SE and Titanium trim series levels – at Ford dealerships in early 2011.

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Lincoln As an owner of a 2000 ZX3 I have to agree with you Stephen. I am still disappointed that there is no t 3 door hatch as well.
3 year(s) ago via
Mike Rick, there are no plans that I have seen about the Focus Wagin. There will be the Grand C-Max (7 seater) coming late next year. The C-Max (5 seater) will not be coming over. The thought is the 7 seater will replace any need for the standard wagon.
3 year(s) ago via
Richard Yeager-Stiver Can't wait until mid-summer when this thing is sold by Ford as a pure electric. I've already seen this car, as an ICE, in action on BBC's Top Gear.
3 year(s) ago via
Rick Clark I am very interested in the Focus wagon. Is it actually a somewhat "Americanized" C-MAX? Will it be availabe in an SE package? Surely with the "one car" idea you will bring a clean diesel in also!
3 year(s) ago via
Stephen I am a huge fan and future buyer of the 2012+ focus. I'v owned two previous generation focus hatchbacks (2001 and 2002) hatchback models. I am very say to say that I would not purchase the new focus without the option of a Standard (Manual) transmission. I understand the demand for a "do it yourself shift" might be less here in America, but I strongly believe that a car built on promises of being sharp, dynamic and fun requires that option be there for the enthusiast. “Focus enthusiasts spoke and we listened, providing them with additional packages,” said Rushbrook, an active amateur Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racer. “Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium Handling Packages.” - Please look at this endorsement... wouldn't the option for a 5-speed manual or better yet, a six speed just make sense!?!!
3 year(s) ago via
Mike Is the base suspension the same as the Focus sold in Europe will have? Or will the sports suspension fitted as standard on the Titanium (and optional on the SE) the same as Euro spec base handling?
3 year(s) ago via
Tim Harmon What is the estimated release date for the ST model?
3 year(s) ago via
Tim Harmon The article says that "The SE Sport Package features sport-tuned suspension . . ." and "The range-topping Focus Titanium model is fitted with the sport-tuned suspension as standard equipment. This includes stiffer springs and dampers." Is the sport-tuned suspension identical using the same spring rates and shock valving for both models?

What are the "optimized suspension components" that are part of the "Titanium Handling Package"?
3 year(s) ago via
sharon basdeo I love this car wish i could afford one so i would not have to walk to work or always depend on someone to drive me all the time
3 year(s) ago via
Ptong The styling on this car is fantastic, looks really sharp. Congrats and I can't wait to test drive this vehicle.
3 year(s) ago via
Carl W Hey Patrick you will not need to add the Sport Package to obtain the excellent driving dynamics the C1 Focus is applauded around the world for........the choice of offering even more Sportier dynamics is a choice I believe Ford N.A. is wise to do. Plus this new Focus and revised C1 chassis is going to move the Focus even further ahead of the competition
3 year(s) ago via
Patrick Will the aluminum accents come standard on the Focus SE steering wheel or do you have to buy an upgrade package to get this?
3 year(s) ago via
Patrick I thought that the excellent driving and handling dynamics of the all new, next-generation 2012 Focus come standard on the car. I didn't know you had to buy an upgrade package in order to experience the great driving dynamics.
3 year(s) ago via
Thomas C Nice but we need available AWD/4WD packages.
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