Review of Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet
Remove the roof, feel the breeze in your hair and prepare for some open road journeys, sunscreen and a nearby hat.
And while some other manufacturers have had their convertible versions under $ 50,000 for a while, it’s Ford’s turn to come to the coupe-cabriolet party and later than never.
Ford’s offering in this segment is in the form of Focus Coupe-Cabriolet with an Italian twist.
The stylish new addition to the Focus range is based on the Vignale concept car that was first showcased at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The production version was built in collaboration with Pininfarina, the name attached. With many brands over the years, including Ferrari.
And the origin of the car is further mounted in Italy, already built in Torino.
The new Focus carries with it pride, with the Pininfarina badge adorned by it.
At $ 45,490, the hardtop convertible comes at a competitive price, compared to Holden Astra and Volkswagen Eos. It is powered by a quiet, 2.0-liter Duratec four-cylinder engine inside the cabin in both modes.
A total of 107kW is delivered at 6000 rpm, with 185 Nm at 5400 rpm, but 90% of the maximum torque is available from just over 2000 rpm.
Ford believes it will sell about 100 models per month, with 75% of sales being automation, adding $ 2000 to the price.
But on winding roads, the four-speed automatic transmission feels sluggish. Apply some hard acceleration and you are watching and wait for the tacho needle to increase as it is very slow, anticipating the final power supply.
Although sliding into the sporty sequential gearshift mode helped and allowed the driver to control the gears, it still felt too slow.
The standard five-speed manual is the better way to go. When driving uphill and accelerating, it still feels a bit confined, but once reaching faster cruise speed, Coupe-Cabriolet is fun to drive.
This is not a sporty drive in terms of fast moving and how it is delivered, but that’s not really the essence of this convertible.
Instead, it’s an exciting ride and a luxury car you can enjoy around town or on the open roads. Throw it around corners and corners and you’ll soon see its interesting nature. It handles well when it’s stuck into corners – with the roof up or down.
By achieving top-notch reduction capabilities, the Coupe-Cabriolet also gains weight, weighing 140kg to 150kg heavier than the rest of the Focus range.
Removing the roof requires the car to stand still and simply push a simple button on the center console before the two-piece roof retracts in 29 seconds. Boot space is best in class: 534 liters with roof up, 248 liters when the roof is removed.
When you remove the roof, Focus still feels strong and stable on the road, the wind is on
No problem at all. Dual-zone air conditioning adapts to the off roof, and still manages to cool you despite the outside heat.
Coupe-Cabriolet also comes with a good equipment list, including heated seats, six-disc CD system, wipers, leather upholstery and glove box cooling as standard. Metal paint is at no additional charge. Safety features are also impressive, with ABS and Dynamic Stability Control, as well as front and side airbags and anti-roll protection.
Inside, it feels comfortable and even the two rear seats provide adequate space. However, it will still be a bit cramped for returning passengers on long trips. Focus drop-top is a stylish design and stands out from the rest of the Focus range, although it still maintains its DNA.
The unique unique flow and rear tail lights make it a more unique design.
Economically, Focus’ claims a consumption of 7.5 liters / 100km for the manual and 8.3 liters / 100km for the car that automatically beats the others in the segment.
In driving in the real world, we average around
8.4 liters in the automatic version.
The convertible rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, with an optional 18-inch wheel.
A diesel model is available in Europe but Ford Australia has no plans to bring it here. Primarily a result of various needs in transmission, the diesel engine only comes with a manual.
And while a gasoline-powered turbo model, like in the Eos, will give it the added advantage of pushing it into a more interesting and engaging drive, Ford said it has no plans to expand the range anyways. anytime in the near future.
Ford believes their new convertible car will be taken by both men and women, younger and trendy nesters looking for a treatment after their children leave home.