New Ford Focus Sport announced

The next generation Ford Focus, showcased at the Paris Motor Show alongside the Ford Focus ST concept, will arrive next year, but Ford has updated the current model one last time.

Designed to coincide with the new ’60’ plates and set to sell throughout 2011, the Ford Focus Sport adds a number of additional features.

These include interior fabrics from the Titanium specification and a choice of six body colours. Extra gadgets include satellite navigation, Bluetooth, rain sensing wipers, parking distance sensors and a self-dimming rear-view mirror.

The exterior gets auto headlamps and 16" ST-style allot wheels, and Ford says the extra equipment should cost £1,500 but instead is priced just £700 over the Zetec equipment level.

The Ford Focus Sport will be available with either the 1.6-litre petrol engine or a similar sized TDCi unit at a cost of £16,545 and £17,845 respectively.

David Calder, product manager, Ford of Britain, said: “We wanted to create a stylish and practical package which represented outstanding value for money, and the Focus Sport delivers that. This is a vehicle that should appeal to our retail and fleet customers alike, and will continue to be offered alongside all-new Focus through 2011.”

Despite the Sport name, the Focus Sport is more of a last fling for the second generation Focus, with a host of equipment thrown in. However, it is set to be a popular model alongside the next generation focus next year.