2019 Ford Focus
Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the outstanding 2012 Focus, Ford must develop on that success. At least, it needs to prove it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the United States instead of 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 two years in a row before 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 includes the most recent Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s approaching replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We do not expect Ford will burn the existing Focus’s structure to the ground and start from scratch however, rather, that it will massage those bones to decrease weight, boost stiffness, and keep up with ever-tougher global crash standards. The current model sports a commendably rigid body and exceptional suspension tuning, possessions that we hope will carry over to 2019 Ford Focus.
Style smart, it’s hard to amass much from these spy photos of a heavily camouflaged Focus hatchback model. We can discover more sculpted body-side styling that sweeps from simply behind the front wheel before increasing to near the top of the rear fender, in addition to the current take on Ford’s business two-slat grille. Overall, though, the Focus doesn’t appear like it will break new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re faced with another set of complicated prototype components, particularly the strange binnacle atop the dash that houses a really cheap-looking head unit that doesn’t appear in any other modern-day U.S.-market Ford, along with the incomplete door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, since not just are they garishly huge, they’re undesirable, too. Look past the unfinished 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 totally 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 efficiency models utilize burlier turbo fours, which we anticipate will rollover to their replacements, however we’re focusing on the regular Focus here).
Those engine choices may stay, although Ford could decide to embrace a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra 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 prototype envisioned here has a six-speed handbook transmission, an option we believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a modified version of the six-speed dual-clutch automatic offered in the current car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Look for the new Focus to make its launching at some point in the year prior to showing up in the United States as a 2019-model-year offering. Ford ought to continue to offer its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a beginning rate around $17,000 to $18,000.