Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the exceptional 2012 Focus, Ford should develop on that success. At least, it has to prove it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the U.S. instead of let it languish into obsolescence as it did previously.
Given that the current Focus appeared in 2012, it won areas on our 10Best Cars list two years in a row prior to being unseated by the also-excellent Mazda 3. The Focus is still a solid compact car, but its replacement will deal with a harder competitive set that consists of the most recent Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s impending replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We don’t prepare for Ford will burn the existing Focus’s structure to the ground and go back to square one however, rather, that it will massage those bones to minimize weight, boost tightness, and stay up to date with ever-tougher global crash standards. The existing model sports a commendably stiff body and exceptional suspension tuning, properties that we hope will rollover to 2019 Ford Focus.
Style smart, it’s tough to garner much from these spy photos 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, along with the current handle Ford’s corporate two-slat grille. In general, however, the Focus doesn’t look like it will break new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re faced with another set of confusing prototype aspects, specifically the unusual binnacle atop the dash that houses a very cheap-looking head unit that does not appear in other modern U.S.-market Ford, along with the unfinished door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, since not only are they garishly big, they’re unsightly, too. Look past the incomplete or still-under-development bits, and there are noteworthy changes such as an electronic parking brake with an auto-hold function and what could be a fully digital gauge cluster.
2019 Ford Focus Engine
Today’s Focus provides only a 160-hp 2.0-liter four and a 123-hp turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost. (Of course, the Focus ST and Focus RS efficiency models utilize burlier turbo fours, which we anticipate will carry over to their replacements, however we’re focusing on the regular Focus here).
Those engine choices may stay, although Ford might decide to embrace a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra engine or changing the turbo 3, helping the Focus to square up much better against Chevy’s all-turbo Cruze and Honda’s half-turbo Civic lineup. The Focus model envisioned here has a six-speed handbook transmission, an alternative our company believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a revised iteration of the six-speed dual-clutch automated provided in the existing car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Look for the brand-new Focus to make its launching at some point in the year before getting here in the United States as a 2019-model-year offering. Ford must continue to sell its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a beginning rate around $17,000 to $18,000.