Future Cars: 2019 Ford Focus ST Brings Back The Styling Magic

Ford’s original Focus was a breath of fresh air when launched upon the motoring world back in 1998. As a replacement for the Escort, its radical styling and fantastic handling was a big middle finger to the small car main-players of the late 1990’s.

Unfortunately, successive generations of Focus haven’t quite captured the same magic like the original did, but Ford are currently readying their 4th generation car – can stand out and blow the competition away? Let’s probe further.

Post-Kinetic Styling:

Illustrated here in ST-guise, the all-new car wears a similar face to its smaller sibling – the latest Fiesta. Although here, the headlamps are deeper, more angular and perched above some rather angry-looking fog light housings.

Perhaps the biggest talking points will be its sleek proportions, long hood and very BMW-like Hofmeister Kink (Focus previously had a quarter window behind the rear doors). Around the back, the view is dominated by a pair of horizontal, two-piece tail-lamps that now extend across the hatch opening.

Under The Skin:

Conjecture has the new Focus riding upon a modified version of Ford’s global C-car platform; although rest assured there will be improved cabin space, NVH and safety levels. Expect pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection systems for avoiding stray wildlife of the human kind.

The current car’s over-styled, cheap feeling interior has been ditched. Ford has worked hard to bring a sense of ‘premium’ to the new Focus, with soft-touch plastics, floating 8” touchscreen, generous levels of kit and contemporary styling (think latest Fiesta, but more upscale).

EcoBoost Power:

Small is good; the engine lineup will start with Ford’s latest 1.0-Litre, three-cylinder unit in various states of turbocharged tune. Next up is the 1.5-litre turbo four, followed by a couple of diesels in 1.5 and 2.0-litre capacities. It’s unclear if Ford will still offer an Electric powertrain under the Focus banner – stay tuned for future updates in this regard.

Fast Ford fans will be catered for with the continuation of the ST’s 2.0-litre, EcoBoost four. Whilst those wanting more mumbo in RS guise will have to wait, as that car isn’t expected to appear until much later down the track.

On The Street:

Expect an official presentation in early 2018 ahead of a market launch in the second half of the year, with a range of variants; including hatch, sedan, wagon and an crossover-like, ‘Active’ version with increased ride-height, extra cladding and possible all-wheel-drive.

Major rivals range from Volkswagen’s Golf, Mazda’s 3, Subaru Impreza, Honda Civic, Vauxhall Astra (or is that the Peugeot Astra?), Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Octavia and the soon to be revealed Toyota Corolla.

What do you think of Ford’s 2019 Focus?

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m sorta liking the styling seen on the upcoming Focus, it distinguishes itself from the previous models .

  • rover10

    No, I don’t think the ‘C’ pillar or window will look like the rendering. I guess it won’t be too different from today’s styling. The front detailing could well be close to the final design?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Look again at the spy shots; Ford have lengthened the rear doors and included a reshaped quarterlight like the rendering.

      • rover10

        Yes, I understand the body increases, but the rear quarter window will not be as shown in this image.

        • Six Thousand Times

          You can see the outline. It looks very close.

          • rover10

            We will have to wait a few more months to see. For me, the rendering is too close to the BMW 1 Series, which I’m sure Ford would want to avoid?

          • Six Thousand Times

            Sorry, we can see now. The pictures accompanying the rendering tell the story. What we don’t know is what the bodyside sculpture will look like.

          • emjayay

            It looks like the swoop back kink is a little higher than in the rendering. This would be a bit closer to the sharp edged shape seen on a lot of Fords today. But not sharp, and not an extra window outside the door.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Agreed.

  • Six_Tymes

    this looks sharp.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sadly, not available as a stylish 3-door coupe.

  • SteersUright

    Whoa! If it looks like this, and I mean not watered down but just like this, Ford will have something. However, the biggest issue with the Focus (yes I have one) is the interior packaging. Its awful, nasty, cheap, and poorly designed. Both the front and rear passengers feel cramped, the swept-back cab design results in a dash is way too long with tons of glare reflecting off of it and making you feel miles behind the front wheels for a sporty car, with the resulting impact on visibility and “connectedness” you feel with a performance car/hatch/whatever. Golf Gti is about the same size yet feels like it has 2 Focii worth of interior space, much better driving position, and like 3 leagues ahead in interior design and execution, feeling so much more substantial, expensive, and special.
    Fix the interior packaging, class it up, and especially make the ST and RS much more special inside. Not cheesy nor plasticky but performance oriented special, think Porsche GT car.
    Edit – just looked at the pics again. The “swept back” cab design is still there. This would be a total deal-breaker for me for many reasons. Bad move Ford.

    • Zandit75

      This new model is growing in all directions, so hopefully all of your concerns are addressed!

      • SteersUright

        Hope so too. The current one is SOOO close to being a damn near perfect hot hatch and defeating the mighty Gti, Golf R, etc.

  • Balcis

    focus with hoffmeister kink, lol 🙂

  • alexxx

    this looks fantastic….

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Ford needs to step up their game in design language… the current Focus was DOA in that department, looking a generation older than the model it replaced in Europe and the Fiesta was cool back in 2006, not anymore yet they still trying to milk that poor dehydrated cow

    • Carmaker1

      I highly doubt that opinion is fact, considering that the Mk.II Focus needed serious refinement.

  • ediotsavant

    That depiction looks like a combination of a Hyundai Elantra and a Mazda 3.

    • diesel_vdub

      I can see hints of Mazda 3 and Subaru Impreza/Crosstrek in the rendering. I’m hoping that’s not the route they actually go as it will look dated as soon as both of those get a redesign.

  • AZCornhusker*

    Question to the editor: Is this a artist’s rendering or the real thing? I cannot find it on other websites.

    • Six Thousand Times

      “Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes”

  • Mr Hahn

    How about adding AWD as an option and a manual?

    • John Doe

      ST only comes as a manual!, But an AWD model would be too close to the RS. Maybe a RWD model would be nice!!

      • Carmaker1

        Not gonna happen.

      • Mr Hahn

        ST is a pile of crap and resale value sucks.

        • John Doe

          In your opinion .. which means what to the rest of us??

          • Mr Hahn

            Really? Only the RS Focus is worth buying.

          • John Doe

            Well unfortunately some of us don’t have an extra $10,000 to throw at a car, that being said it was not out when I needed a new car either ..
            By the time I can afford another new car, I will probably be driving an autonomous car.. 🙁
            I could always do with the extra sleep .. lol

          • Mr Hahn

            Sorry but non performance Focus’s suck.

          • John Doe

            And you own a?

          • Mr Hahn

            What do you own?

          • John Doe

            ST with Mountune MP275. It’s easily $10,000 cheaper than an RS which I (and a lot of other buyers) cannot afford.
            If you add the right enhancement parts to an ST, it really is a very good car for the money. Also the Gas milage on the RS is absolutely terrible, which has been stated by lots of x-ST owners who purchased them.

            And sorry you own a what?

          • Mr Hahn

            Not alot of people can afford the RS because it’s the ultimate Focus. I own a Subie! 👍

          • John Doe

            Model of Subie? (let me guess .. STi?)

          • Mr Hahn

            Forester.

    • Carmaker1

      Why cannibalize the RS?

      • Mr Hahn

        Whats wrong with an 160-180 HP focus with AWD?

        • Carmaker1

          LOL, the ST is not going to have that little HP. A regular Focus with AWD is one thing, but an ST with over 260 HP + AWD isn’t the most ideal for product planning. We’ll see anyway, what works best for them.

    • S3XY

      Manuals in 2017 LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • no25

    I’m digging this. It’s clean and simple.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nice BMW. At this point the only things not German about Ford are the trucks.

  • Ford designers are crap!

    Nice render, BUT…

    Before the new Fiesta was launched virtually EVERY online magazine produced a better rendering of the new Fiesta than Ford’s own efforts…!!!! What a disappointment when I saw the New Fiesta for the first time!

  • nauticalone

    Exterior looks good. Hopefully interior is improved!

  • Michael Harris

    Wow, looks to much like a Mazda now. But hey, it shares a lot with the Mazda 3 to begin with. This thing better have 300 hp. All of Fords product line are going in the opposite direction weight wise. They are gaining lots of weight. So 300 hp in a future ST focus won’t make it any quicker than the current car, considering a near 200 lb weight increase. Ford is moving backwards, sadly, towards heavier, barge like cars. Ford needs to cut back 40% on guzzling pick ups and focus more on luxury and sporty cars.

  • CarbonPhiber

    I’m no Ford fan, but this rendering is fantastic. With a different grille it could be an Alfa. Looking at the camo on the actual vehicle though, I’m really doubting that this is the actual design. Note to Ford: If it’s not, dump whatever you have and just go with this. Or hire the guy who drew it..

  • Puddingpopper

    If it looks like that count me in

  • Infinite1

    The rendering has a more premium look to it and it’s not over the top like the Type R is. If Ford uses this render, I can’t wait to see the RS version.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    Mazda 3 with ford frontend

  • Ron

    I agree, Ford needs to leave the origami over-styled look to the japanese and bring back the sleek and sophisticated styling of the last gen Focus.

  • klowik

    The front grille looks more matured and polished. Ford finally has a signature front grille that distinguishes itself from others.

  • Paul Hojda

    There’s something very Mazda 3 about the side profile of this new Focus. That’s a big compliment.

  • Dredd

    still ugly

  • S3XY

    Make it electric.

  • Paul

    I don’t really like it but will have to see the actual thing.

  • Paul

    Terrible rendering, it looks like it got caught in the stretching device.

  • exeptor

    Amazing.

  • Jesse

    I hope they really upscale some of the interior. The current gauges look like something from the 80’s or 90’s. The ST2 and ST3 Recaros need to be just a bit more comfortable too, I hope.

  • I’d like Ford to stop trying to copy the brands it used to own. Land Rover, Jaguar, Aston Martin… It seems when they design a Truck, a Mustang, they know what to do… but when it comes to cars and SUVs they need to steal design elements.