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2012 Ford Focus: Live Gallery

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We've just had the chance to drive the all-new 2012 Ford Focus, which will begin reaching dealerships within weeks. And while we've agreed to an embargo and can't yet tell you how the Focus drives, we can give you a sneak peek, with some snaps we took during our afternoon with this new-generation small car.

Based on repeated viewings at auto shows, the new Focus is much sportier-looking, with way more design savvy than the Chevrolet Cruze or Toyota Corolla. Available both in four-door sedan and five-door hatch body styles right from the start, the new Focus.

Under the hood, there's an all-new DOHC direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, employing Ford's Ti-VCT variable valve timing system, and making 160 hp; it's mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automated manual (PowerShift) transmission—an automatic, for all intents and purposes, but one that shifts quicker. A four-wheel independent suspension underpins the Focus, four-wheel discs are standard on upper trims (including the Titanium sedan pictured above), and the power-steering system has gone electric. And with a 40-mpg highway fuel economy figure with the automatic transmission, the new Focus will be very frugal, too.

All but the base Focus S will get Sync, while the MyFord Touch system, essentially the same as in 2011 Ford Edge, 2011 Lincoln MKX, and 2011 Ford Explorer models—with the same beautiful eight-inch screen—is standard on the top-of-the-line Titanium models and optional in the Focus SEL. Every other Focus comes with a colorful, high-contrast screen—essentially a better version of the interface you get in the Fiesta. There are plenty of other interesting available tech features, too, including Active Park Assist; it's a segment first, and no, we're not just talking about parking sensors, rather the system that sizes up a parking spot and steers you into it.

Prices for the Focus, including destination charges, range from $16,995 for the base Focus S up to $23,490 for the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium five-door. A fully loaded Titanium still runs about $27k—to put it in perspective, a little less than the average new vehicle.

Keep an eye out for our First Drive of the 2012 Focus early next week. And in the meantime, flip through those images.

 
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