Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the excellent 2012 Focus, Ford needs to build on that success. At least, it needs to prove it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the U.S. instead of let it suffer into obsolescence as it did before.
Given that the present Focus appeared in 2012, it won areas on our 10Best Cars list two years in a row before being unseated by the also-excellent Mazda 3. The Focus is still a strong compact car, however its replacement will deal with a tougher competitive set that includes the most recent Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s upcoming replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We do not anticipate 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 reduce weight, boost tightness, and keep up with ever-tougher worldwide crash requirements. The current 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 difficult to garner much from these spy pictures of a heavily camouflaged Focus hatchback prototype. We can spot more toned body-side styling that sweeps from just behind the front wheel before rising to near the top of the rear fender, along with the current take on Ford’s business two-slat grille. In general, though, the Focus doesn’t appear like it will break new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re confronted with another set of confusing prototype elements, namely the strange binnacle atop the dash that houses a really cheap-looking head system that doesn’t appear in any other contemporary U.S.-market Ford, as well as the unfinished door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, since not just are they garishly substantial, 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 exactly what could be a fully digital gauge cluster.
2019 Ford Focus Engine
Today’s Focus provides just 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 performance models utilize burlier turbo fours, which we expect will rollover to their replacements, but we’re concentrating on the regular Focus here).
Those engine options may stay, although Ford might choose to adopt a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra engine or replacing the turbo three, helping the Focus to square up 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 our company believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a revised iteration of the six-speed dual-clutch automated offered in the existing car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Try to find the brand-new Focus to make its debut at some point in the year before showing up in the U.S. 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.