Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the exceptional 2012 Focus, Ford needs to build on that success. A minimum of, it needs to show it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the U.S. instead of let it suffer into obsolescence as it did in the past.
Considering 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 latest Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s approaching replacement.
2019 Ford Focus Design
We don’t expect Ford will burn the present Focus’s structure to the ground and start from scratch but, rather, that it will massage those bones to decrease weight, boost stiffness, and keep up with ever-tougher worldwide crash standards. The existing model sports a commendably stiff body and excellent suspension tuning, possessions that we hope will carry over to 2019 Ford Focus.
Design wise, it’s tough to garner much from these spy photos of a greatly camouflaged Focus hatchback prototype. We can detect more toned body-side styling that sweeps from simply behind the front wheel prior to rising to near the top of the rear fender, in addition to the latest handle Ford’s corporate 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 confusing model elements, specifically the strange binnacle atop the dash that houses a really cheap-looking head system that doesn’t appear in other modern U.S.-market Ford, as well as the incomplete door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, since not only are they garishly huge, they’re unattractive, too. Look past the unfinished or still-under-development bits, and there are significant 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 offers 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 expect will carry over to their replacements, however we’re concentrating on the regular Focus here).
Those engine choices may remain, although Ford might choose to adopt a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra engine or changing the turbo three, assisting the Focus to square up much better versus Chevy’s all-turbo Cruze and Honda’s half-turbo Civic lineup. The Focus model pictured here has a six-speed manual transmission, a choice our company believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a revised model of the six-speed dual-clutch automated provided in the current car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Search for the new Focus to make its debut sometime in the year before getting here 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 starting rate around $17,000 to $18,000.