First Peek Inside 2019 Ford Focus Reveals New Dashboard Design

Ford is out testing the fourth generation of the Focus for the first time with its production body and our spies were able to snap a photo of the new dashboard as well.

Our first look inside the 2018 Ford Focus reveals the company’s intentions of giving their new model the same treatment with the latest Fiesta.

The whole design looks very similar, with the dashboard featuring a prominent spot for the infotainment system and the controls for the climate system mounted directly under the vents in this prototype Focus test car.

As we reported earlier, this is the first time we get to see the new Focus in its regular production body, with the camouflage and extra cladding trying to hide Ford’s latest design language.

The new Ford Focus is set to get a cleaner, more elegant shape following the footsteps of its smaller sibling, with a less cluttered front end and a set of simple, horizontal taillights at the back.

The engine range will include the company’s usual three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Ford is also thinking of adding an Active soft-roader version of the new Focus in the range.

The new generation of the Ford Focus is expected to hit the road in early 2018, so expect an official reveal towards the end of the year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops


  • Carmaker1

    Seems to be a “poverty-spec” model. Ford has done very well with the C346 Focus, that I hope they do not ruin it with the C519. From what I heard of the design Ford reached for the C519 programme in late 2015, there are notable differences between world market and U.S.-spec versions of the new Focus.

    • TheHake

      Again, it’s because Americans don’t want to pay that bit more for something a bit nicer.

  • rover10

    Elements of the new instrument panel are reflected in the new Fiesta. However, there’s a crudeness about the Focus prototype, that tell me it’s not the final design. What we are looking at is probably a workhorse panel, to enable engineers to carry out their testing? The final design I guess, will be similar to the new Fiesta.


    • SgtBeavis

      I think you’re right. Those AC vents are 3d printed. Also, the shroud over the clock/radio is fake. Look through it and you can see some of the lines from the instrument cluster…

      • Knotmyrealname

        Yes, it’s like a maximum height shroud. No doubt up-spec models will get a taller screen. Perhaps it’s there to get an appreciation for the drivers visibility.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    and it won’t be a pretty one, with a non-removable display on top of the dashboard

  • That looks so tragic if that resembles what we’d actually be getting.

    • Nihar

      It’s not finished, and it’s also a base model.

  • OdysseyTag

    Test mule or not, that instrument cluster is pretty disconcerting. Not really feeling the “bolt-on” nature of touch screen interfaces as seen in many recent cars. A more integrated and streamline center console is more fitting of a car of this class – leave the iPad-centric design for the Fiesta.

  • WG

    I still prefer the current mazda 3 interior over this.

  • hrdboiled101

    I hope that big red button makes it to production.

  • Knotmyrealname

    …and a strange place for a door speaker?

  • Finkployd

    Design seems underwhelming inside and out.
    Also, no dual-zone climate control? wth

  • sure is time to change interior design. I hope exterior won’t look like an Aston Martin Wanabee, and that next Explorer will stop pretending to be a Land Rover. When Ford had Jaguar, Aston, LR… They managed to have their own design, since they sold them… They just copy. It seems they lost all imagination when they’re not making an American car (such as Mustang or Pick Truck).

  • SteersUright

    Current Focus drives great but ergonomics are beyond awful. Cant find a comfortable driving position, windshield stretches out for an eternity creating a lot of glare, the inside is quite cramped for a hatchback of its size. I hope they address these things in the new model as there is currently no good reason to buy a Focus while the Golf exists.

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