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Old 02-15-2017, 08:38 AM   #1
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A prototype for the next-generation Ford Focus has been spotted for the first time.

Earlier shots showed a test mule but the latest tester is wearing the body of the production model due out in 2018. The car should arrive as a 2019 model.

From modifications seen on earlier test mules, we know that the redesigned Focus will be a slightly longer and wider than the current model.

Apart from this there isn’t a whole lot of info on the next Focus, however. We expect the formula to be the same, with the car once again coming in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles.

A variety of powertrains should also be on offer once more, including performance-oriented options for successors to the current model's ST and RS hotties. The entry-level option should be an inline-3 with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation. This engine is also destined for the redesigned Fiesta.

Ford should also continue to offer an electric option. The current Focus Electric may not be as popular as some of its rivals but the car provides a boost for Ford’s fleet-wide average fuel economy. Note, Ford in January confirmed plans to add a compact electric SUV with a 300-mile range to its lineup by 2020. It’s possible that the battery and powertrain of this model will also be used for the next Focus Electric.

Key rivals for the Focus include the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf.

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Old 02-15-2017, 09:49 AM   #2
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honestly, I don't hate it. I like the When I see that last pic I immediately think of a 2008 Mazdaspeed.. which is not a bad thing to me.
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Wagon RS variant FTW
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:36 AM   #4
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Let's hope that Ford designed this one with AWD in mind from the get go. If so, we could see a ST variant to compete with the WRX, as well as the RS. Much better for the consumers when companies are going head to head.
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Let's hope that Ford designed this one with AWD in mind from the get go. If so, we could see a ST variant to compete with the WRX, as well as the RS. Much better for the consumers when companies are going head to head.
IIRC I read somewhere that this model was designed with AWD in mind.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:20 PM   #6
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Let's hope that Ford designed this one with AWD in mind from the get go. If so, we could see a ST variant to compete with the WRX, as well as the RS. Much better for the consumers when companies are going head to head.
Umm the current gen was designed with AWD in mind as the Focus and Escape are built on the global C platform.
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Umm the current gen was designed with AWD in mind as the Focus and Escape are built on the global C platform.
The RS, the awd was stuffed into it. New one may not have such constraints.
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The RS, the awd was stuffed into it. New one may not have such constraints.
What do you mean stuffed into it? The only constraint was time. It was a low volume mid model addition that had to be engineered and built in a relatively short amount of time. There is still nothing wrong with it. The overheating issues with the RDU have nothing to do with the chassis design.
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Let's hope that Ford designed this one with AWD in mind from the get go. If so, we could see a ST variant to compete with the WRX, as well as the RS. Much better for the consumers when companies are going head to head.
How about the Impreza? I like the idea of an AWD Focus.
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What do you mean stuffed into it? The only constraint was time. It was a low volume mid model addition that had to be engineered and built in a relatively short amount of time. There is still nothing wrong with it. The overheating issues with the RDU have nothing to do with the chassis design.
car was built for FWD, not AWD. They had to shoehorn an AWD system into it. With AWD in mind, they would have had more room to work and engineer. Even Ford said these things sir.

I like the RS, that isn't an insult. I think for the time constraints, the FWD chassis, etc, they did a marvelous job.

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How about the Impreza? I like the idea of an AWD Focus.
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The front and rear bumper cladding camo is very effective. I really like the look of the greenhouse. The Focus has been far too egg-like in its first three generations (although, the grass is greener and I love the MKII body), so I'm glad to see the more upright hatch.
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car was built for FWD, not AWD. They had to shoehorn an AWD system into it. With AWD in mind, they would have had more room to work and engineer. Even Ford said these things sir.
That isn't entirely true. While the Focus wasn't specifically designed for AWD, the platform it is based on was. The RS would not have been AWD if the chassis didn't already have the driveshaft tunnel space and Ford didn't already have access to the AWD rear subframe/floorpan from the Volvo. All they really ended up doing was adding bracing to stiffen that existing stuff up. Granted - those models were designed around the Haldex system, but I think the Twinster is just as compact.

Unless they think they are going to start offering regular Focus cars as AWD, I would suspect that they will optimize the Focus chassis for FWD again and they will need to do nearly the same changes if they did another AWD RS. I'd be surprised if they made any sacrifices (cost, interior space, etc) on their next car for the masses just to make it easier to possibly make a couple of thousand AWD RS's a few years later.

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Modifications to the car, made in order to accept the AWD platform, were surprisingly limited, thanks to the bloodline of the chassis. “The car is on the C1 platform, which is what is under the Kuga, C-Max, etc,” states Johnson. “It was created 15 years ago when Volvo and Mazda were both part of the Ford Group. It was the platform for the Mazda 3, and the Volvo S40 and V50, which were all created in Cologne. Volvo insisted that the platform had AWD capability at that time, although there was no interest from Ford for an AWD application, but that has really benefitted us now.

“The rear subframe on this car is something we created for Volvo too, back when we were together,” he adds. “We never used it, but Volvo did on some applications. We took that as it slotted right into the C1 platform, and we made some modifications to it so it will accept the RS’s anti-roll bar and the GKN system. Fundamentally it allowed us to start at a point that wasn’t ‘absolute zero’.

“There’s a certain beauty in that, as a new subframe would cost in the region of US$6-7m worth of investment,” he continues. “We didn’t have that money, and we had to look at other solutions.”
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That isn't entirely true. While the Focus wasn't specifically designed for AWD, the platform it is based on was.The RS would not have been AWD if the chassis didn't already have the driveshaft tunnel space and Ford didn't already have access to the AWD rear subframe/floorpan from the Volvo. All they really ended up doing was adding bracing to stiffen that existing stuff up. Granted - those models were designed around the Haldex system, but I think the Twinster is just as compact.
Well we disagree a little bit. I'd call haldex a fwd biased system. So I will agree it's half right.
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Looking at the wheel/fender gap on the prototype, the possibility of a AWD variant of the next-gen Focus at all trim levels is believable.
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The upcoming 2018 Ford Focus ST Wagon has been spied at the Nurburgring, sporting a set of Volvo-esque daytime running lights.

Although the prototype doesn’t wear any badges, its gaping front grille, prominent rear spoiler, diffuser-style rear bumper and twin exhaust all strongly suggest it’s the performance-focused ST variant.

The shape of the headlights mirrors those seen on the latest Fiesta, but the T-shaped LED daytime-running lights are strikingly similar to the Thor’s Hammer units featuring on the front of modern Volvos. If we didn’t know better, we’d say the design was lifted straight from the Volvo V40.



The Swedish similarities end and the daytime running lights, though. The rear of the car features horizontal taillights – once again, like the Fiesta – split across the tailgate and rear three-quarter panel, while the body should grow marginally larger in every direction compared to the current car.

Expect to see the usual selection of Ecoboost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines offered across the Focus range, in both three- and four-cylinder guises. Although the latest Fiesta ST is powered by a three-cylinder engine, we’d be surprised if Ford used the same engine in the hot Focus – expect a four-cylinder Ecoboost under the bonnet.

Inside, previous spy shots have revealed the Focus will run with a similar dashboard layout to the Fiesta. Expect to see a touchscreen sitting above the air vents, with far fewer buttons than than the model on sale today.



The current-gen Focus first launched in 2010, so expect to see the new model soon. It’ll likely be given a full reveal late this year or early in 2018.






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wagon you say? I'll watch it, likely won't buy because wrong wheel drive.
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:01 AM   #17
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“Spied! Ford Focus Caught Completely Undisguised in Portugal
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When Ford introduced the 2012 Focus, it was a big deal. For the first time in years, the U.S. got the same great compact car that Europe did. Seven years later, however, the Focus we were so excited to drive is now best described as “long in the tooth.” Thankfully, a redesigned version is on its way, and based on this spy shot, it’ll be a real looker.

According to a Google translation of Hungary’s Vezess, the above photo was taken by a reader in Portugal who appears to have caught Ford shooting a commercial or promo for the new Focus. It also sounds like the workers were less than thrilled to see him. “Hi, I think I saw the new Ford Focus in Cascais,” the reader wrote in an email to Vezess. “I was not able to observe more because they were chasing me. The woman in the middle yells not to take a picture.” But take a picture he did.

Compared to the current Focus, the car we see here has a much more premium, mature look that matches previous reports that the Focus would move upmarket. We see a little bit of Mazda3 in the flared fenders and sloping roof, but from this angle, the headlights have more of a Volvo or Kia Cadenza vibe. Overall, though, we like the look, especially in this color.

Interestingly, the car appears to have been debadged, but the body lines do match previous Focus prototype spy shots that we’ve seen. If you look closely at the wheels, it also looks like a Ford logo has been covered up.

With the Focus clearly production-ready, a Geneva Motor Show debut would make sense. But based on what we’ve heard, Ford actually plans to skip Geneva and reveal the new Focus in April. Sadly, if Ford handles the Focus reveal like it did with the new Fiesta, we may have to wait on U.S. specs. If so, let’s hope the Focus ST doesn’t suffer the same fate as the Fiesta ST.”

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By the looks of it (18" wheels at least, red calipers, sporty bumpers, and st style wing), i'd say we are looking at the next gen focus ST not just a regular vanilla focus.
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my first reaction to seeing the photo was .... staged viral marketing. spy photos never look that good.
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That front overhang is as long as the wheelbase. What is this a 4th gen Trans Am?
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Looks decent from that shot.
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profile looks almost identical to the GR/GH hatch... at first glance, I thought that was a picture of my car.
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