Overall dimensions appear unchanged but a longer wheelbase should provide more rear leg room. It'll come with three and four-cylinder engines
Steve Cropley Autocar
16 February 2018

The upcoming Ford Focus isn't due on UK roads until July - but it's already been seen completely uncovered, thanks to this latest spy picture.

Posted on Hungarian website Vezess, the image, which appears to capture the car as it is filmed for an advert, shows that the future Focus will take influence from the smaller Fiesta.

Like the Fiesta, the new Focus will be launched in multiple variants to create a staggered line-up arrival. The Focus programme’s similarity to the Fiesta’s is no surprise, since the project is now under the management of Ford’s small-car guru, Darren Palmer, whose team recently delivered the new Fiesta, Ka+ and a dramatically improved Ecosport B-segment SUV.

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The Focus, a rival to the Vauxhall Astra, will be built on Ford's global C-class platform, which is also shared with the Fiesta. It will be a five-door hatch only; Ford is keeping its development funds for making more SUVs, which European president Jim Farley believes are turning into “preferred family cars”.

Although unlikely to grow in length or width, the new Focus is tipped to have about 50mm more in the wheelbase to match its rivals for rear leg room. It will also deliver weight savings of around 50kg, model for model, although precise figures are still being calculated. Efficiency will be high on the agenda; Ford will undoubtedly improve on the current car’s aerodynamics. It will also launch a new all-electric version as one of a dozen electric cars promised last year by Farley. The company has also been experimenting with hybrid models, which are already successful in its US line-up, but there are no sure signs yet of a Focus hybrid.

The Focus's engine range will centre heavily on the successful 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder petrol engine — available in 99bhp, 123bhp and 138bhp versions — and there are also likely to be 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units in several power outputs (with up to 275bhp) for the ST-Line and 'full fat' ST versions. The staple diesel will again be the 1.5 TDCi, although a 2.0-litre diesel may still be offered for ST performance models. Ford is likely, for the time being at least, to stick with its six-speed Powershift twin-clutch gearbox as the European automatic option.

One certainty is that Ford will launch a high-riding Focus Active, along the lines of the recently revealed Fiesta Active, in order to take advantage of burgeoning demand for 'lifestyle' cars. There will be several models; base cars will have a regular front-wheel drive system, but there is likely to be a four-wheel drive option utilising hardware from the existing Kuga SUV.

Suggestions that there would be no replacement for the current Focus RS appear wide of the mark; Ford sources suggest there may be “at least one more” version of the highly rated 165mph sports hatch in the company’s armoury. Farley is known to be keen on such models, which he says do much to boost the image and desirability of the wider Ford range.

Inside, the new Focus will be more carefully packaged than ever to offer enhanced passenger space in key areas, even though it is no bigger externally. As shown below, the decor will be simpler and more stylish; the company’s designers privately admit that they "over-delivered” on dashboard complexity in the previous Fiesta and Focus. The fascia, in particular, will be simpler and less claustrophobic, with more functions activated via a prominent central touchscreen.

The overall look, fit and finish has been previewed by the latest Fiesta, which has been noted for its vast improvements and quick-responding infotainment system. The Fiesta is available with a 10-speaker B&O Play sound system as part of its entertainment features; expect a similar technical list in the new Focus.

Ford has a habit of revealing cars ahead of their expected arrivals. It showed the third-generation model, earmarked for a 2011 launch, at the 2010 Detroit motor show at the beginning of that year, evidently to stress the car’s global credentials and pay homage to the firm’s hometown. However, the new Focus is expected to land after the Geneva motor show in late spring before sales commence.

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16 February 2017
[quote=Steve Cropley]It will only come as a five-door saloon [/quote] It will, at least, come as a 4 door Sedan as well, for all the markets outside of Europe. And i'd find it very strange if for the first time in over 50 years Ford would decide to not offer an Estate when all their major competitors offer one.

 

 

23 February 2017
[quote=tuga][quote=Steve Cropley]It will only come as a five-door saloon [/quote] It will, at least, come as a 4 door Sedan as well, for all the markets outside of Europe. And i'd find it very strange if for the first time in over 50 years Ford would decide to not offer an Estate when all their major competitors offer one.[/quote] Ireland too gets the 4 door saloon. The 5 door is a turtle shaped hatchback, Mr Cropley!

16 February 2017
If most of the current generation of Fords are anything to go by, where their designs were mild evolutions of their predecessor, we probably have a fair idea what the next Focus will look like. Just look at the current Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy, Kuga and new Fiesta.

16 February 2017
[quote=Lanehogger]If most of the current generation of Fords are anything to go by, where their designs were mild evolutions of their predecessor, we probably have a fair idea what the next Focus will look like. Just look at the current Mondeo, S-Max, Galaxy, Kuga and new Fiesta.[/quote] Actually, this looks like a significant change in design. It would appear that the fixed third side window aft of the rear doors, a feature that has appeared in all three generations of Focus, has gone, to be replaced with a solid c-pillar and more upright tailgate. The rear door window line is now rather like the BMW 1-Series (unless the disguise is very clever indeed!)

16 February 2017
That's exactly what I thought - I had a MK3 estate it was a great car, a 2.0tdci 161bhp, it would seem on this write up that a high powered diesel estate won't be avalible. I'm not interested in getting a jacked up front wheel drive SUV looking car.

16 February 2017
"The staple diesel will again be the 1.5 TDCi, though a 2.0-litre diesel may still be offered for ST performance models" sounds that like the next Golf Ford will be cutting back on the deadly diesel option as a 2.0 diesel is currently offered on models other than the ST at the moment.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

16 November 2017
xxxx wrote:

"The staple diesel will again be the 1.5 TDCi, though a 2.0-litre diesel may still be offered for ST performance models" sounds that like the next Golf Ford will be cutting back on the deadly diesel option as a 2.0 diesel is currently offered on models other than the ST at the moment.

Will you just give it a rest? If anyone even mentions the word "diesel" anywhere, on any article, then off you go. Bore off. Still waiting to hear what car you drive by the way....

16 February 2017
I generally see as many estate versions of the current Focus as I do the Kuga, and more than the C-Max. Which shows there's still an appetite at least in the UK for small estates from Ford. Not everyone want a SUV, crossover, MPV or a jacked-up hatchback.

A34

16 February 2017
Dramatic news for Autocar's publishers: "your" photographer(s) is(are) also moonlighting for several other magazines.

16 February 2017
If the current car is anything to go by, the estate will be better looking, more practical, more comfortable for rear seat passengers and easier to park courtesy of the large glass area. I also like the idea of an 'Active' model as I need a car with raised ground clearance but I don't need an SUV. Providing it comes with a decent petrol engine I could see a Focus Estate Active being on my shopping list.

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