What we have here are the first spy shots of the 2019 Ford Focus hatchback that was found testing in the US. The pictures also give us a clear look at the production headlights and taillights. This new model is expected to debut early next year.
The current-gen Focus has been around for roughly seven years now and it’s only had one major facelift. In order to stay competitive, the car will receive a major update with the next-gen model you see here. Ford hasn’t revealed anything about the new Focus, however, prototypes of the car have been spied in Europe.
The new Focus won’t cost much more than the current model but will offer more space and likely better features. It is going to be based on a new chassis and this has been made clear from test mules spied earlier on. It was noticeably longer than the current car and also featured a longer wheelbase. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, the new car should also be slightly wider and lower. The larger footprint but the shorter height should allow for more space inside the cabin.
All naturally aspirated engines are likely to be replaced with EcoBoost powertrains. This means that even the base model in the US market will receive an EcoBoost. The most likely contender here is a 1-litre, 3-cylinder offering close to 140bhp. In Europe a 1.5-litre engine with anything between 150 and 200bhp should also be available. The rumoured ST Focus on the other hand would get to use a heavily updated 2-litre EcoBoost capable of up to 280 horsepower.
As for the launch date, the new Focus would enter final phases of production early next year and is likely to go on sale within the first few months of 2018.