Ford Australia has rolled out a new and lower cost version of the Ford Focus called the Focus Ambiente (not pictured). The entry-level Ambiente version of the Focus will sell in Australia for $23,490 plus on-road costs. To achieve the low price, the automaker ditched some of the features that are common on other fourth-gen models that launched Down Under late last year.
One way the low price is achieved is by ditching the new 134kW 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo gas engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The cheaper car will go with the naturally aspirated 90kW engine paired up with the older 6-speed automatic as seen in the Ecosport SUV.
The new low price Focus Ambiente isn’t on the Ford Australia website just yet; as of now, the Trend flavor is listed as the entry-level version. That car starts at $25,995 plus on-road costs. That makes it about $2,500 more than the Ambiente version of the car.
Reports indicate that an unspecified number of Focus Ambiente variants are on sale via the Ford Australia national retail network. It’s believed that fewer than 1,000 Ambiente models are available in the initial shipment. The Ambiente may have a lesser engine and transmission, but it still reportedly has six airbags, autonomous emergency braking, and other safety gear. The car lacks sat nav, automatic headlights, and automatic wipers. It reportedly has manual air conditioning but lacks the thermostat-controlled AC that upper-level models offer.
The car does reportedly include a backup camera, and options include $300 convenience pack with automatic headlights and wipers among other things and prestige paint that will add $650. With the change to the older 6-speed manual transmission, the Ambiente gets a standard shift lever rather than the rotary E-Shifter that is in other versions of the car.