These are the first official pictures of the next-generation Ford Focus. The finer details are hidden within this concept car - to be unveiled at this week's Beijing Motor Show in China - but strip off the big bumpers, flash LED lights and huge 19in alloy wheels and you're left with Ford's best-selling European champion in its second iteration.
Although this is a taster aimed squarely at the Chinese market, the car is fundamentally the same as the European-spec Focus saloon that will arrive in saloon form next spring. The four-door will be preceeded by the three- and five-door hatchbacks that will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in September, before going on sale in the UK on January 1st 2005.
The hatch, which has a more sporting stance than the current car, was scooped by Autocar last September. The engine range includes 79bhp 1.4, 99bhp 1.6, 113bhp 1.8 and 129bhp 2.0 petrol units; diesel offerings run to the 1.6-mand 2.0-litre engines offered in the C-Max.
The car was designed at Ford's European HQ in Cologne. Ford Asia-Pacific design manager Paul Gibson played an 'integral role' in that process said a company spokesman, describing the car as an 'authentic European can with an Asian flavour.'