Ford Focus ST Wagon Spied With Volvo-like Headlights

Ford recently announced plans to push car development to the backburner but that hasn’t stopped work on the all-new Ford Focus.

Recently caught in wagon form, the redesigned Focus is a step in the right direction as the car has sporty appearance particularly in the ST trim shown here. Despite the presence of heavy camouflage, we can see the model has a sporty front fascia, a unique grille, and five-spoke alloy wheels with a black finish.

The prototype also has new headlights that mimic the Thor’s Hammer headlights that are found on vehicles from Volvo. Other notable changes include a sportier greenhouse and a more pronounced shoulder line.

At the rear, the wagon has an evolutionary tailgate with a larger spoiler. Rounding out the changes are new LED taillights and a sportier bumper.

Ford hasn’t such much about the redesigned model but global markets boss Jim Farley recently revealed the Focus will be introduced in Europe early next year. The executive also confirmed plans for a luxury-oriented Vignale model as well as a crossover-inspired Active version.

Power will likely be provided by an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines. There will also be plug-in hybrid and electric variants as well as sporty models such as the ST. The later is rumored to have to have a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine developing around 275 hp (205 kW).

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  • Nordschleife

    First Aston now Volvo. They always talking about Hyundai stealing cues from other models but I think Ford is worse in that they are stealing from brands they used to own.

    • Big Black Duck

      ironically Ford has been copying from Hyundai as well..don’t forget they stole from Jag too…bunch of whores

    • willhaven

      Is it theft if you borrow from your family?

      • Nordschleife

        I believe so especially when you’re divorced from that side of the family.

    • Benjamin B.

      Whatever, Ford owned Volvo and Aston Martin as well as Jaguar and Land Rover. The AWD/4WD system in the F-150 that can switch between AWD and 4WD is “bothered” from Land Rover. The Explorer and Expedition (and Lincoln Naviagator) both use a similar system as well.

    • exeptor

      Look at the bright side – you have a premium(ish) design for a fraction of the original price :).

    • brn

      The design probably existed while Ford owned it. Ford engineers may have even developed the design and Volvo may be the thief. They may share rights.

      We really have no idea who has what from an intellectual property perspective.

  • Cupboi

    Looking fine, but god damn, that’s a big wagon. This could be the next Mondeo, for all i care. Just hard to grasp that this is a C-segment “compact”. The current Focus barely fits the bill.

    • Benjamin B.

      True… cars have gotten much larger thanks to crash protection, etc. I heard there’ll be an Active Volvo-like crossover variant as well.

    • SteersUright

      I saw a Civic, defined as a compact car, parked next to an Accord from just 1 generation ago and they were the same size on the outside. Why do cars need to get bigger and bigger?

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Those Chinese. Always copying someone else…

  • Marty

    Or Audi headlights, since they have basically tried every available shape of LED strips already.

    • brn

      One could even claim they stole it from the Fusion.

      The truth is, none of this is original to anyone.

      • Marty

        Indeed. I think the important thing isn’t to be first, or even original, but to use design elements in a consistent way so that they become part of the identity. I think Volvo has managed that in a better way than for example Audi (if we only talk about the design of the headlights).

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