22 February 2006

Focus cabriolet breaks cover

Topless Ford has the Vauxhall Astra CC in its sights

Ford Focus Coupe-Cabriolet

The Ford Focus will be revealing a little off-the-shoulder number at the Geneva motor show with the Focus Coupe-Cabriolet.

Joining the Volkswagen Eos in wowing the crowds with an origami-folding metal roof, the Focus CC will hit UK showrooms in September.

While retaining the Focus family look at the front, the rear end has been completely restyled by Italian designers Pininfarina.

The Italians has created a spacious four-seater cabin and 500 litres of boot space when the electrically operated roof is raised.

Ford claims the Focus CC has the stiffest body of any car in this sector, preserving the Focus's fine handling.

Two petrol engines are on offer from launch, with a 1.6-litre unit producing 99bhp and a 2.0-litre with 143bhp.

In keeping with rivals, there's also a 134bhp, 2.0-litre turbodiesel.

Prices will confirmed nearer to the Focus CC's launch, but Ford has hinted that the range will start at around £17,000 to take it head-to-head with the Vauxhall Astra CC.

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