Sime Darby AutoConnexion has introduced a new limited edition run of the Ford Focus 1.5L EcoBoost called the Red & Black Edition. It’s based on the Trend hatchback variant of the facelifted third-gen C346, which was launched in Malaysia last March.

A number of items have been added on to the standard count for the special run, which will consist of only 20 examples, all in Candy Red. Though the colour – as well as Panther Black – was listed for the Trend at point of launch, we’re told by SDAC folk that the baseline variant has only been available in Frozen White up to now.

Black has been added to the exterior in a big way to provide contrast (and give the edition its name) – the car gets its grille surround, front and rear skirt lips and side mirror covers finished in gloss black, and the shade also adorns the 17-inch multi-spoke alloys. A black roof completes the dress-up job.

Inside, the Trend’s standard black fabric seats have been replaced by leather upholstery, and extra kit finds its way on, in this case an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a rear-view camera and driving video recorder. Standard equipment for the Trend includes SYNC Gen1 and a 3.5-inch dot matrix monochrome central display, six-speaker audio system, manual air-conditioning, a keyed ignition and two airbags.

No mechanical changes, and so the 1.5 litre EcoBoost GTDI engine continues with 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm in terms of output. The mill is paired with a SelectShift 6F35 six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The Focus 1.5L EcoBoost Red & Black is priced at RM120,888 on-the-road without insurance, a RM2k premium over the standard Trend.

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