Ford UK chief Roelant de Waard said the car would have been “the stuff of dreams just a few years ago.”
“Our electrified powertrains are designed not just to save drivers money on fuel, but also to boost the fun-to-drive character of our vehicles,” he said in launching the car.
The 48-volt hybrid drivetrain option joins other premium-car features available across the range such as a configurable 12.3-inch dashboard display screen and voice-activated connectivity to help ward off hatchback competition from Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
A secret weapon in the Focus’s fight arrives later this year in the form of a cloud-based system that warns of real-time hazards – crashes, road works, stray animals – in the road ahead, independent of the satnav.
“What makes Local Hazard Information different is that it is the cars that are connected – via the Internet of Things. There is no reliance on third party apps,” said Ford engineering chief Joerg Beyer.
The hybrid Focus is available across all trim levels and in hatch or estate body styles, at prices starting from £23,610.