You’ve already read about it here on this blog, and now you can buy it in the showrooms. The Focus TDCi is now officially part of the Sime Darby Auto ConneXion line-up here in Malaysia and it goes for RM128,888.
The 2.0 litre Ford Duratorq engine makes 134 horsepower and a class-leading 320Nm of torque, which beats the Peugeot 308 Turbo’s previous class-leading 240Nm figures. The 2.0 TDCi’s 320Nm can also be boosted 20Nm up to a total of 340Nm for a short period of 8 seconds, although the ECU manages this feature automatically. There’s no “push to pass” button. The Pug does have more horsepower of course.
It’s not an apple to apple comparison anyway since one is turbodiesel while the other is a turbo direct injection petrol engine. The 308 has a quicker 0-100km/h acceleration time of 9.3 seconds versus 9.8 seconds for the Focus.
And of course, the other star feature is the nice 6-speed Powershift transmission, which is a twin clutch transmission. Shifts quicker and moves power more efficiently to the wheels than a slushbox automatic. Combined with the inherent frugality of a diesel engine, Ford pegs the Focus TDCi’s fuel consumption at just 5.8 litres per 100km on the combined urban and extra urban cycle!
Other features include a leather interior, a 6-CD changer with MP3 support, auto up/down power window controls for all four windows, dual airbags, ABS brakes, ESP stability control and TCS traction control. That ESP is a must have feature in a car that makes so much torque at a low rev count as a mid corner surge in torque from an over-eager right foot without the aid of stability control in keeping the car true to its line could result in hefty repair bills.
Only two colours are available – Diamond White or Panther Black. Only the hatchback body is available and it is a CBU from Philippines. The Diamond White car you see above has been kitted up with optional racing stripes which are an RM600 option. For the Panther Black car, the racing stripes are light silver in colour instead of blue. The stickers on the side of the car come standard.
We’ve already reported our first impressions of the car on a short drive, but we’ll be back sometime next month with a full test drive report including fuel consumption – how much does the car really consume on an average Malaysian driving cycle? Look after the jump for a nice hi-res gallery of the new Focus TDCi.
Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Powershift Short Test Drive
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