Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the excellent 2012 Focus, Ford needs to develop on that success. At least, it has to show it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the U.S. rather than let it languish into obsolescence as it did previously.
Given that the existing 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 strong compact car, but its replacement will deal with a tougher competitive set that consists of the current Chevrolet Cruze, the brand-new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s upcoming replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We don’t expect Ford will burn the present Focus’s structure to the ground and go back to square one however, rather, that it will massage those bones to lower weight, increase stiffness, and stay up to date with ever-tougher global crash requirements. The current model sports a commendably rigid body and outstanding suspension tuning, possessions that we hope will carry over to 2019 Ford Focus.
Style sensible, it’s difficult to gather much from these spy pictures of a heavily camouflaged Focus hatchback model. We can detect more sculpted body-side styling that sweeps from simply behind the front wheel before rising to near the top of the rear fender, along with the latest handle Ford’s business two-slat grille. In general, though, the Focus doesn’t appear like it will break brand-new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re confronted with another set of complicated model elements, specifically the bizarre binnacle atop the dash that houses a very cheap-looking head unit that does not appear in other modern-day U.S.-market Ford, in addition to the incomplete door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, since not only are they garishly substantial, they’re unpleasant, too. Look past the unfinished or still-under-development bits, and there are notable modifications 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 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 performance models use burlier turbo fours, which we anticipate will rollover to their replacements, but we’re concentrating on the routine Focus here).
Those engine choices might remain, although Ford could choose to adopt a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an additional engine or replacing the turbo three, assisting the Focus to square up better versus Chevy’s all-turbo Cruze and Honda’s half-turbo Civic lineup. The Focus model pictured here has a six-speed handbook transmission, an alternative we believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a modified version of the six-speed dual-clutch automated used in the current car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Try to find the new Focus to make its launching sometime next year before showing up in the U.S. as a 2019-model-year offering. Ford needs to continue to sell its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a beginning rate around $17,000 to $18,000.