Ford to offer handling package with new Focus

Available with the SE and Titanium models, the handling package includes sharpened handling with electric power-assisted steering, improved suspension and a torque vectoring control.

"Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. "They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware."

The SE Sport Package featuring sportier suspension, 16" aluminium wheels, sports seats, new disc brakes and a black grille.

Standard Titanium models will be fitted with stiffer springs and dampers in the suspension as standard, but the handling package will add 18" alloy wheels and a host of other extra options.

The new Ford Focus will go on sale in the UK in 2010 after making its international debut this year. The Focus is the newest model to fall under the One Ford strategy.

This means it has been designed on a single global platform which will be shared by ten Ford models, including the more performance oriented Focus ST first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2010.

The Ford Focus will also share parts with Focus models in US, other European and Asian markets as the manufacturer looks to reduce costs across its business with a single model for different markets.

So far Ford has not revealed if a Ford Focus RS version will be available, but after the sell-out success of the current generation model and the limited edition Focus RS 500, it is widely expected to be introduced for the next generation model.