Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the excellent 2012 Focus, Ford must construct on that success. A minimum of, it needs to prove it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the U.S. rather than let it languish into obsolescence as it did in the past.
Since the current Focus appeared in 2012, it won spots on our 10Best Cars list 2 years in a row before being unseated by the also-excellent Mazda 3. The Focus is still a solid compact car, however its replacement will face a harder competitive set that includes the latest Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s upcoming replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We do not expect Ford will burn the existing Focus’s structure to the ground and start from scratch but, rather, that it will massage those bones to decrease weight, boost tightness, and stay up to date with ever-tougher international crash standards. The current model sports a commendably rigid body and exceptional suspension tuning, possessions that we hope will rollover to 2019 Ford Focus.
Design smart, it’s hard to garner much from these spy images of a greatly camouflaged Focus hatchback prototype. We can spot more toned body-side styling that sweeps from simply behind the front wheel prior to increasing to near the top of the rear fender, in addition to the most recent handle Ford’s business two-slat grille. In general, however, the Focus doesn’t appear like it will break brand-new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re confronted with another set of confusing prototype components, particularly the unusual binnacle atop the dash that houses a very cheap-looking head system that doesn’t appear in other modern-day U.S.-market Ford, along with the incomplete door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, because not just are they garishly big, they’re unattractive, too. Look past the unfinished or still-under-development bits, and there are notable 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 offers only 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 use burlier turbo fours, which we anticipate will rollover to their replacements, however we’re concentrating on the routine Focus here).
Those engine choices may remain, although Ford could choose to adopt 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 model pictured here has a six-speed manual transmission, a choice we believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a revised version of the six-speed dual-clutch automatic offered in the existing car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Try to find the new Focus to make its launching sometime in the year before showing up in the U.S. as a 2019-model-year offering. Ford should continue to sell its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a starting price around $17,000 to $18,000.