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On the one hand it wants to offer more Focus variants in different markets; on the other, it wants to simplify the line-up.

The newest Ford Focus, which was unveiled Tuesday, will be sold in the USA later next year, a Ford official confirmed to The Car Connection. Production of the third-generation Focus ceased on the 6th of April, 2018.

Powering the new Focus will be an initial offering of four engines - two petrol and two diesel.

The fourth generation model of the Ford built on a new platform C2, which improves interior space, crash safety and aerodynamics for better fuel economy. The vehicle will steer itself to maintain a safe position on the road - and can even steer around obstacles the driver failed to spot - and there are new headlights that adjust the pattern of light to better illuminate a corner, junction or roundabout. Trim wise, the range starts with the Style and builds through Zetec, Titanium, sporty ST-Line, top-of-the-range luxury Vignale, and the small-SUV-style Active, which has higher suspension and more rugged styling. The second-largest USA automaker said it's deepening its pact with Changan and another partner, Jiangling Motors Corp., by starting a new distribution unit.

It's unclear when this new Focus would be sold in the United States.

Expect a major shift in the cabin's design and control layout. An electronic parking brake replaces the current lever-type brake, and the gear shifter is also gone, replaced by a rotary gearshift dial. The center console also has been redesigned and is narrower, with switches and buttons moved to the touchscreen.

"Inside looks a big step up on the current Focus, with Ford's SYNC3 Infotainment with 8" screen standard across the range (and with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), FordPass Connect to deliver a WiFi hotspot, and wireless phone charging.

Even the cheapest of the new Focus range has so many high tech features on board it is probably the most sophisticated family vehicle Ford has ever made.

Thanks to a new chassis and suspension, the fourth-gen Focus promises a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity compared to its predecessor and a weight reduction of 110 pounds on average.

On the engine front, Ford's press blurb mentions the familiar 1-liter EcoBoost joined by the newer 1.5-liter EcoBoost which bring cylinder deactivation for the first time in the three-cylinder engine class.

Ford officials show off the new Focus that is part of five new midsize cars the maker plans to debut in China. No word yet on which engines will power the USA model.

Ford's new CoPilot360 safety suite will bow on the Focus, though specific technologies will vary by region; and FordPass Connect embedded in the vehicle will let passengers turn the Focus into a high-speed internet WiFi hotspot. Called Co-Pilot360, the bundle includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and forward collision warnings with automatic emergency braking.

Engine specifications for North America will be announced closer to launch, scheduled for the second half of 2019. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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