Almost all Ford Focus rivals have undergone comprehensive revamps leaving the Ford Focus looking rather bland. However, Ford has finally decided to release a new generation for the 2019 model year. We have already captured prototypes of the next-gen Ford Focus doing test rounds. However, as you would expect of any prototype, the model was heavily camouflaged meaning little can be deduced from the testing mule. Despite the camouflage, we can tell that Ford has derived inspiration from the Fiesta in constructing the exterior look of the 2019 Ford Focus. As such, expect the production model to have sharper and cleaner lines. Read along to find what we have gathered so far about the next-gen Ford Focus.
2019 Ford Focus Exterior
Although the testing mule was covered in heavy camouflage, we can see the resemblance from the Fiesta. The grille has been shifted towards the center of the fascia while the headlights look slightly revised. Talking of the grille, Ford has retained the corporate two-slat grille. The resemblance is pretty visible on the flanks where the model features a prominent beltline which stretches the entire length of the car. The model also has a sloping roofline that makes it more attractive.
At the rear, the model features faux taillights but these could just be temporary with production models likely to feature two-piece clusters. Overall, the model will likely be wider and longer than the current version.
We also have photos of the cabin. They reveal a corporate styled cabin characterized by a plain look. However, considering it is way too early before its on-sale date, I believe the cabin is just temporary for testing purposes. The photos also reveal that the model has dropped the traditional manual parking brake lever in favor of an electronic parking unit. It also features a larger display that could be a hint for SYNC3. I believe the model will borrow its styling from the Fiesta. We will update you with more information when it becomes available.
Engine and performance
It is too early to tell the power-trains that Ford will equip the Focus with. However, going by the industry trends, the automaker is likely to discontinue the current naturally aspirated mills for EcoBoost engines. The new base engine even in the U.S. will likely be a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder engine that produces 142 hp. The European market will also get a 1.5 L, mill tuned to produce different levels of output ranging from 150 hp to 200hp.
Later on, the automaker will release the performance-oriented Ford Focus ST. This model will use a revised 2.0 L, EcoBoost mill that will produce over 260 horses. Details about the transmission system are not available as of this writing.
Price and release date
Credible reports reveal that Ford is planning to showcase the model at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show while sales will commence in the second half of 2018. The base model will have a starting price of around $17,000.
Top rivals of the Ford Focus include Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza.