Ford Focus India launch possible by 2012

Ford India may launch the ‘Focus’ sedan in India by next year. This will mark Ford’s re-entry into the D segment and the Focus will compete with the likes of Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Laura.

The Focus is expected to be priced in the Rs. 11 to 16 lakh range and will be the second car (the first being the new Ford Fiesta) out of the eight cars Ford plans launch in India. The Ford Focus is part of the ‘One Ford’ strategy which simply means Ford sell’s the same car all over the world with next to no changes.

First showcased at the Detroit Auto Show in 2010, the car looks like its elder sibling the Mondeo, which is part of the Ford’s North American product portfolio. The Focus is manufactured in China, Germany and USA. The U.S. specific Focus is 4,478 mm in length, 1,839 mm in width and 1,499 mm in height. The ground clearance of the car is 150 mm and the boot space is 348 litres. The India-bound Focus will likely be altered to take on our roads sporting a stiffer suspension setup and may offer more ground clearance. The ‘Kinetic design’ theme, seen in the next generation Ford Fiesta to be launched in June, can also be seen on the Ford Focus. Related: 2011 Ford Fiesta for India: Photo gallery

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Photo: 2011 Ford Focus

The car’s front sports swept back headlamps, prominent horizontal splits at the front bumper giving the car, a sporty stance. The Focus is shorter in length when compared to the Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic, but is taller than both by a few inches.

On the interior, the Focus will have a driver oriented dashboard with ergonomically laid out switches and controls. The instrument cluster will likely have a blue-lit theme with easily-to-read fonts. The Focus may not be spacious enough for five, but will comfortably seat four adults. Some features found in the US-specific model like: satellite navigation, steering wheel integrated cruise control, lane-change assist etc could also make their way to India. Also read: 2011 Ford Fiesta launch confirmed

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Photo: 2011 Ford Focus

The Focus is offered with 6 engine options in international markets. However, in the India bound sedan, we expect Ford to offer a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine with 6-speed manual transmissions. The 1.6 litre petrol engine is actually a 1,596 cc, 4-cylinder petrol motor that churns out 100 hp of maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 150 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hr in 12 seconds and, can reach a top speed of 182 km/hr using the petrol motor.

The diesel variant sports a 1,997 cc, 4-cylinder, common rail, motor that produces 136 hp of maximum power and 320 Nm of maximum torque at 2,000 rpm. This engine can propel the car to a top speed of 205 km/hr and accelerate from 0 – 100 km/hr in swift 9.4 seconds.

Ford India had previously tried its hand in the D segment by launching the Mondeo, a couple of years back. However, the car was soon withdrawn from the market. Now, in a bid to cash in on the demand for luxury cars in India, Ford is all set to bring the Focus to India.