Ford says over 8,000 Focuses have arrived in the UK so far and initial interest is high for the best-selling car of the past ten years in the UK.
Nigel Sharp, Ford Britain managing director, said: “Our new Ford Focus delivers a level of refinement and comfort, combined with hi-tech features and connectivity, not found on a medium volume car. Dealers are ready with enough new Focus stock to keep the car in pole position in the marketplace.”
So far only five-door models have been delivered, but Estate versions are expected to arrive in May.
The new Ford Focus has been completely revamped from the previous generation and is based on an all-new platform which was also used as the basis of the new Ford C-Max.
Priced from £15,995 in the UK for five-door hatchback models, the Focus comes with a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine in 148bhp and 178bhp variations.
Alternatively, diesel engines comprise 1.6-litre units in 94bhp and 113bhp derivations and a choice of three 2.0-litre diesel powerplants delivering 113bhp, 138bhp and 161bhp.
Standard equipment on all models includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity, DAB digital radio, voice control, ESP and ABS.
Building on the entry-level Edge trim, Zetec models will add 16" alloy wheels, a heated windscreen, leather steering wheel and some sports seats.
Titanium and Titanium X specifications complete the range, adding extra features such as climate control, parking sensors and bi-xenon headlamps.
Ford is anticipating strong sales of the new Ford Focus. The previous generation was the UK’s best-selling car in 2010 and currently tops the sales charts again so far this year.
Ford says it is delivering 500 vehicles a day to dealers and over half of the models already ordered are Ford Focus Zetec variations.