First Official Look On Brand New Ford Focus, Launch Set For Spring 2018

Ford has dropped the first official image on the all-new Focus hatchback, still wrapped in a colorful camouflage.

The new Ford Focus will enter its fourth generation early next year and the company decided to wrap its late test cars in a vibrant wrap with the slogan #TimeToFocus written on the sides.

The new compact Ford will have more or less the same footprint with the outgoing model, only now it’ll come with a longer wheelbase in order to offer more room inside the cabin. The next Focus will also be more aerodynamically efficient thanks to the new design which follows the steps of the recently launched Fiesta supermini.

The range will be divided in distinct trim levels, again like in the Fiesta, with Ford planning to introduce an Active pseudo-crossover variant alongside the ST-Line and Vignale editions. Reports suggest that Ford is considering offering the Active version with an optional all-wheel drive system derived from the current Focus RS.

As previously spied, the dashboard will feature the company’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system mounted above the air-vents while the cabin is expected to use better quality or as they say “more premium” materials.

The main star of the engine range will of course be the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder also set to make its appearance alongside a 2.0-liter petrol. Diesel options will include a 1.5-liter and a 2.0-liter engine. A dual-clutch automatic will still hold its place on the options list.

Autocar
reports that Ford will launch the new Focus after the Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales in Europe set to begin later in the year.

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  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    so they have made it bigger again and basically made the ” hatchback and estate” and an estate nearly as big as a hearse !

    • khc

      Bigger? The article said it would have virtually the same exterior “footprint,” with only a longer wheelbase.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    oh my god looks like failed attempt to look like megane and i30

  • OdysseyTag

    Focus still got a long way to go it seems.

  • rover10

    Another winner in many markets. It appears that key issues with the current car have been addressed. Increased rear headroom and leg space for second row passengers plus improved luggage stowage is evident. No doubt we will see an active variant in both hatch and wagon forms. Talking to someone who has seen the new car, says it does look good in all views, and more substantial than the existing vehicle.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      You’d think people would buy something bigger if they needed the extra space. I hate the constant need to make every generation bigger.

      • rover10

        Ford did attempt to make the current model sleek both in profile and in plan, but it did compromise on space and the press jumped on the fact in comparison to key competitors. You are right about size, but unless you are competitive with package then it’s difficult to justify the smaller dimensions.

  • Harry_Wild

    Looking forward to the best selling Ford Focus RS model with its 350 hp AWD. Hope Ford makes enough of them to satisfy the demand so market adjusted pricing will be under the $60K retail price! It is the most popular model that just cannot keep up with demand!

  • willhaven

    Eager to see the new ST!

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  • roy

    Looks like a cross between a bmw and something asian from the side

  • sean tooher

    looks like the old vauxhall astra …. that’s not a compliment !!!!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Doesn’t look more modern than the current one.

  • jfalckt

    Ungainly, awkward, lost its way, all spring to mind

  • Randy Terpstra

    The North American market version, will be imported from China. Take THAT Mexico….8)

  • DGC

    The MK1 Focus was such a cool car…. Really hard to follow up with such a template.

  • Vassilis

    Looks weird. After getting the current car wrong in terms of design, I can’t believe they’ll miss another opportunity.

  • Croppo

    My opinion? Not born yet and yet already old. Poor design aside, segment C seems not to have a great future (if your name is not VW Golf). C-SUV are winning more and more customers to the detriment of the common hatchbacks market.
    I think that only Citroen has made a point by giving the classical small and low B-hatchback named C3 a SUV look. That’s the way, unfortunately. Besides, if automakers keep on launching new versions of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and so on with such a conservative design, they’ll throw away mountains of money.

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