We’re reporting live from the PJ Exchange in Petaling Jaya, where the third-generation Ford Focus has just made its Malaysian debut, nearly six months after it made its ASEAN market premiere at the Bangkok Motor Show.

The C346, to give the new Focus its official code designation, arrives in both sedan and hatchback forms, and in four trim guises, translating to two for each body style. Incidentally, SDAC also sprung a surprise by launching the Focus ST at the event.

The hatch versions are the Sport and Sport +, while the sedan variants are known as the Titanium and Titanium +. The ‘plus’ versions get higher specification kit, but let’s cover what’s standard fitment across the board first.

Thailand, where the car comes from (production there began in July), has the Focus in four trim levels (Trend and Ambiente are the two others) and two normally-aspirated engine choices – we’re not getting the 1.6 litre unit, so it’s left to the 2.0 litre Duratec Ti-VCT GDI to carry the day on all four versions here.

The direct injection and dual variable valve timing (both on intake and exhaust) lump offers 170 hp at 6.500 rpm and 202 Nm at 4,550 rpm for output figures. The unit is paired to a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch gearbox, with manual override coming in the form of SelectShift buttons, located on the gearknob itself.

Measurement-wise, both the hatch and sedan have the same width (1,824 mm) and height (1,466 mm), with only the length being different – the hatch is 4,358 mm long, while the sedan stretches the tape 4,534 mm.

Standard equipment across the range includes keyless entry with push-button start, automatic and electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering with audio controls and a 4.2-inch TFT colour multifunction display.

Also on, Ford’s SYNC system, Bluetooth connectivity and voice control, as well as a Sony MP3/CD player and nine-speaker system, replete with USB/iPod connectivity.

Standard safety kit across the range includes front and side airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, TCS, ESP and Isofix points. The + models add rear curtain airbags.

All versions also feature an Active Shutter Grille, electric power assist steering and Torque Vectoring Control as standard. Linked to the car’s cooling system temperature, ASG – which has 16 possible positions – shuts the lower bumper centre grille for better aerodynamic efficiency at high speeds.

On both hatchbacks, the seats are finished in semi-leather, and seat adjustment is of the manual variety. For the sedans, leather seats are regulation issue, as is a four-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Different wheel sizes too; the hatchbacks are dressed in 17-inch units, with 215/50 series rubbers, while both Titanium sedans run with 16-inch alloys and 205/60 profile tyres.

Besides the previously mentioned rear curtain airbags, going the + route adds on bi-xenon HID headlamps (the non-plus makes do with halogens) with auto-on function and follow-me-home lighting, cruise control, auto dimming rear view mirror, variable dimming for the instrument cluster and auto rain sensing wipers.

That’s not all. The + gets a powered tilt/slide sunroof, Active Park Assist and Active City Stop (read more about these in Danny’s comprehensive first take on the Focus), and in the case of the Titanium +, a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

As for colours, the variety is less than found in Thailand (which has eight) – we get five exterior shades in all, with Frozen White being the only one available for all four trim versions. Candy Red and Midnight Sky feature on three models each, while Ingot Silver is exclusive to the sedans and Panther Black, the hatches.

Lastly, pricing. The Sport hatch and Titanium sedan go for RM115,888, while the + versions for both retail for RM128,888, all on-the-road including insurance. It’s very competitive pricing for a comprehensively-equipped offering, topped off by the introduction of a five-year or 200,000 km warranty for it, a first for Ford in Malaysia (the Fiesta, Mondeo and S-Max registered from now also get the five-year deal). As it goes, the arrival of the Focus should stir things up in the segment very nicely.

Read Danny’s take on the new Focus hatch and sedan here.