Ford Focus prices and specification revealed

Taking into account the 2.5 per cent rise in VAT from next year, the Ford Focus starts at nearly £900 more than the current Focus.

This is because Ford has discontinued the current Style entry-level specification and replaced it with a new Edge trim level.

The Ford Focus Edge includes digital radio, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and Electronic Stability Control as standard. It also features Ford’s Easy Fuel system, which prevents drivers accidently filling a diesel engine with petrol.

Moving up the range, the Zetec, Titanium and range-topping Titanium X remain for both the five-door and estate versions of the Ford Focus.

The Zetec model will be the best-seller and adds 16" alloy wheels, a heated front windscreen, front fog lamps and sports seats to the Edge specification.

Features such as climate control, hill-start assist, rain sensing wipers, cruise control and a premium audio system are added for the Titanium specifications, while the top level Titanium X specification adds 17" alloys and partial leather trim.

Range-topping models will also boast Active Park Assist, LED daytime running lights and Bi-Xenon headlamps, while blind spot systems and rear-view cameras can be specified as part of an extra option pack.

Ford will offer seven engine choices with the Focus, ranging from the new 1.6-litre 150PS petrol EcoBoost unit to the 2.0 TDCi powerplant.

The EcoBoost model is also the best-performing in terms of CO2 emissions at just 109g/km and offers fuel economy of 67.3mpg.

The Ford Focus starts from £15,995 for the five-door hatchback and £17,095 for the estate version. The Zetec trim starts from £16,995 and Titanium models start at £18,745.

The top level Ford Focus Titanium X starts from £21,245 for the 1.6-litre EcoBoost version, rising to £25,095 for the range-topping 2.0 TDCi version with Powershift Auto transmission.

Ford Focus sales in the UK will start from March 2011.