Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the outstanding 2012 Focus, Ford should develop on that success. At least, it needs to show it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the United States rather than let it languish into obsolescence as it did in the past.
Because the present Focus appeared in 2012, it won areas on our 10Best Cars list 2 years in a row before being unseated by the also-excellent Mazda 3. The Focus is still a solid compact car, however its replacement will face a harder competitive set that consists of the most recent Chevrolet Cruze, the brand-new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s approaching replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We do not expect Ford will burn the current Focus’s structure to the ground and start from scratch however, rather, that it will massage those bones to minimize weight, boost tightness, and keep up with ever-tougher global crash standards. The present model sports a commendably rigid body and exceptional suspension tuning, properties that we hope will carry over to 2019 Ford Focus.
Style sensible, it’s tough to gather much from these spy pictures of a heavily camouflaged Focus hatchback model. We can discover more sculpted body-side styling that sweeps from just behind the front wheel before increasing to near the top of the rear fender, together with the latest take on Ford’s corporate two-slat grille. In general, though, the Focus doesn’t look like it will break brand-new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re confronted with another set of confusing model elements, namely the unusual binnacle atop the dash that houses a very cheap-looking head system that does not appear in any other modern-day U.S.-market Ford, along with the incomplete door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, because not only are they garishly huge, they’re unsightly, too. Look past the incomplete or still-under-development bits, and there are notable changes such as an electronic parking brake with an auto-hold function and what might be a totally digital gauge cluster.
2019 Ford Focus Engine
Today’s Focus uses only a 160-hp 2.0-liter 4 and a 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost. (Of course, the Focus ST and Focus RS efficiency models use burlier turbo fours, which we anticipate will carry over to their replacements, however we’re focusing on the regular Focus here).
Those engine options may remain, although Ford might decide to adopt a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra engine or changing the turbo 3, helping the Focus to square up much better versus Chevy’s all-turbo Cruze and Honda’s half-turbo Civic lineup. The Focus model visualized here has a six-speed handbook transmission, an alternative we believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a modified model of the six-speed dual-clutch automatic provided in the present car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Search for the new Focus to make its debut at some point next year prior to showing up in the U.S. as a 2019-model-year offering. Ford ought to continue to offer its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a beginning cost around $17,000 to $18,000.