Innovation is the very DNA of Ford. We're continually pushing the boundaries of possibility and invention.
Every vehicle we produce is packed with helpful features, driver-centric design and innovative technology. Some of this - such as Traffic Sign Recognition and SYNC 2 connectivity - you can see immediately. Much of it - like EcoBoost Engine Technology and All-Wheel Drive, you can't.
But rest assured that every time you drive a Ford, there's a wealth of technology at work that ensures an enjoyable experience for you and your passengers.
Intelligent Speed Limiter
Intelligent Speed Limiter is designed to enhance your Adjustable Speed Limiter, helping you to better concentrate on the road. When activated, the system automatically adjusts your maximum speed setting to the speed limit detected by the Traffic Sign Recognition camera.
Active Park Assist
Depending on which Ford you choose, your car will come fitted with technology designed to take the stress out of either parallel, or both parallel and perpendicular parking. Active Park Assist uses ultrasonic sensors to measure the parking space and determine if your car can fit. Then the computer steers you in while you only have to control the brake, accelerator and gears. With Park Out Assist, it helps you pull out of them, too. The Perpendicular Parking system can sense if there's space for your car to fit, then reverse you in. Side Parking Aid also warns you if there are any lateral obstructions.
Active Braking with Pedestrian Detection
This technology scans the road to detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead and warns you of their presence. If you don't respond, the system automatically applies the brakes, reducing the severity of accidents and helping you avoid them altogether.
Front Wide-View Camera
A tiny and discreet camera, on the front of the vehicle relays a split screen image in your car's Multi-Function Display, so you can see vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians coming from either side. This technology is invaluable if you're edging out of a narrow parking space, or onto a busy road where your lateral view is obstructed.
BLIS® with Cross Traffic Alert
When you're reversing out of a space and have limited visibility of the traffic situation, Cross Traffic Alert (part of the Blind Spot Information System) can detect oncoming vehicles and sound a warning. The technology illuminates a light in the wing mirror too: left or right depending on the direction of oncoming traffic.
Size equals power, right? Well that's the traditional way of thinking. EcoBoost is anything but traditional.Its a wholesale re-imagining of what an engine can do. These smaller, lighter engines feature many innovations that deliver great fuel economy and reduce emissions. Yet they don't compromise on performance. No wonder the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine won international Engine of the Year award four times in a row.
To an EcoBoost engine, every drop of fuel is precious. So precious that it reduces fuel consumption and makes a serious reduction in CO2 emissions – to as low as 99g/km. Detailed fuel consumption and CO2 emissions details are available on the car line pages listed below.
Direct injection helps EcoBoost engines achieve these remarkable figures. A precise, highly pressurised amount of fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber. This innovative and effective way of using fuel means EcoBoost engines use only the bare minimum amount of fuel needed.
Every EcoBoost engine features turbochargers for a power that far exceeds engine size. Turbocharging uses exhaust gases, which are usually wasted, to push more highly compressed air into the engine and give a huge boost to their power. A 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine can deliver an impressive performance up to 140PS, similar to an older, heavier 1.6 litre petrol engine.
Power when you need it
The turbo also creates a great spread of torque (the power available to make the wheels turn). This makes EcoBoost engines flexible on open roads, with fewer gear changes needed. Variable cam timing helps generate high torque even at low revs, and maintains peak power. Or more simply: you get immediate, responsive power whenever you need to accelerate – such as overtaking a long, slow lorry.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) monitors conditions to determine the amount of grip, cornering balance and responsiveness needed when the road (or terrain) is wet, dry or icy. It automatically sends extra power to the front or rear axle as and when needed, ensuring exceptional handling and improved efficiency at all times.
At low speeds the AWD system concentrates on improving traction to support driveaway and manoeuvring on slippery surfaces, or at high torque levels. For instance, if the front wheels are on ice and the rear ones aren't, AWD sends extra torque to the rear, putting power where it's needed. When you're driving faster it moves the focus to delivering superb handling and a wonderfully responsive driving experience, while keeping an eye on traction. To do this it monitors the way you are driving and constantly fine-tunes itself.
Rear Inflatable Seatbelt
The two rear outer seats can be fitted with a unique safety feature: Rear Inflatable Seat Belts. In the event of an impact, the belts inflate and spread the crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts. By reducing pressure on the chest and better controlling head and neck movement, this innovative technology is designed to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Ford SYNC with Emergency Assitance
An important and potentially life-saving part of Ford SYNC is Emergency Assistance. In the unlikely event of an accident, where the airbag is deployed or the fuel-pump deactivated, the technology can automatically make a direct call to the Emergency Services for you. You can choose to stop the call, or talk to those services if you need to. Crucially, the system will supply vital information, such as your GPS coordinates, even if you are unconscious.
Auto High Beam. Helping you see, without dazzling others
A useful night-driving aid, Auto High Beam temporarily dips your headlights when it detects oncoming traffic or a vehicle ahead, stopping you dazzling other drivers. Then it automatically reverts back to high beam, giving you maximum visibility. Auto High Beam is available as an option with Lane Keeping Aid.
Headlamps that help you see around bends
Adaptive Lighting with Ford Dynamic LED headlamps deliver a precise and intensely bright light patterns that is automatically adjusted to suit different road and driving conditions. Day time running lights are also included and LED tracer turn indicator strips replace traditional 'blinking' lights, illuminating in sequence for high visibility. In addition, Glare Free High Beam adjusts itself automatically to avoid dazzling other drivers and by following the road, these new headlamps help you see more clearly when driving around bends.
DISCOVER HOW FORD'S SMART TECHNOLOGY IS THE VERY DNA OF FORD
Ford SYNC technology helps you safely stay in touch and entertained while driving. Using your voice alone, it's possible to do many things - from making and taking mobile calls to finding nearby events and listening to your favourite music.
The new SYNC 3 System has built on this capability, adding familiar tap and swipe gestures found on smartphones, enhanced voice commands and increased functionality. It's all designed to help you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.The Ford SYNC System lets you make and take hands-free mobile calls, read out texts you receive, and control the music on your MP3 music player using your voice. Its AppLink feature gives you voice control of popular Apps for Android and iOS. Listen to audiobooks, get the latest football scores from goals.com, find nearby events and hear your Spotify favourites. Ford SYNC also features Emergency Assist which contacts the Emergency Services automatically in the event of an accident and provides essential information such as your coordinates.
Ford SYNC 2 with Voice Control and Touchscreen has the addition of a crisp, clear 8" colour touchscreen for intuitive control of key functions including phone, audio, climate control and optional navigation via voice or touch. (Note: SYNC 2 doesn't feature AppLink.)
Ford SYNC 3. The latest and most advanced version of SYNC enhances the functionality and convenience of SYNC and SYNC 2. A new interface features larger buttons to give you swift access to the information you want. The 8" Touchscreen now features pinch-and-swipe gestures found on smartphones and tablets for even more intuitive navigation. And along with AppLink, Ford SYNC 3 also connects with Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto.
The refreshed interface is even easier to navigate around. Crystal-clear buttons are larger to make accessing information easy and accurate. Combined with smartphone gestures navigation becomes quick and intuitive.SYNC 3 is up to 10x faster than SYNC 2, so whether you tap, swipe or speak, you'll enjoy a high-speed performance.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. SYNC 3 lets you connect your Apple or Android smartphone to your car. Instead of the SYNC 3 interface on the 8" Touchscreen, it will display the familiar screen of your Smartphone. Navigate and control your Apps using the buttons, dials and touchscreen in your Ford, or by using simple voice commands. Access maps, music, texts and more in whatever way you find most comfortable. It's also possible to dictate and send texts and have them read aloud to you when they arrive
Door Edge Protector
Prevents annoying dents and scratches. It's easy to bang your door against things in tight parking spaces. But open the door on a Focus and a protective barrier springs out to shield the paintwork on your car and those alongside.
Quickclear Heated Windscreen
This clever feature is designed to get you on the move quickly on frosty mornings. Just touch a button and ultra-thin filaments can superheat to de-ice, de-fog and de-mist your windscreen as well as help de-freeze the wipers. The system works in seconds, even if it's below zero outside.
Ford Easy Fuel
Often, people mistakenly add diesel to their petrol tank – or vice versa. It's easily done – but not in a Ford Focus. Ford Easy Fuel is a capless refuelling system with a mis-fuelling inhibitor that can tell the difference between the fuel pump nozzles used for petrol and diesel.
The innovative new EasyFold System lets you fold each second row seat flat at the touch of a button. While for the ultimate in convenience, the All-New Galaxy features a unique addition – Power Raise. The press-button EasyFold and Power Raise feature helps to speed up the loading of larger items by lowering and raising the third row seat.
Smart seating system for ultimate flexibility. Versatile seating provides generous space for up to seven, with folding second- and third-row seats enabling numerous seating and stowage configurations. For example, the second-row and third-row seats can be folded flat at the press of a button making instant room for your sporting gear or bulky DIY purchases.