Having absolved itself of the sinfully bad 2005– 2011 Focus models with the excellent 2012 Focus, Ford needs to develop on that success. A minimum of, it needs to prove it can keep the Focus nameplate a winner here in the United States rather than let it suffer into obsolescence as it did in the past.
Considering that the present 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 includes the current Chevrolet Cruze, the new Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3’s upcoming replacement
2019 Ford Focus Design
We do not anticipate Ford will burn the current Focus’s structure to the ground and go back to square one but, rather, that it will massage those bones to reduce weight, boost stiffness, and keep up with ever-tougher worldwide crash requirements. The existing model sports a commendably stiff body and exceptional suspension tuning, properties that we hope will carry over to 2019 Ford Focus.
Style sensible, it’s hard to garner much from these spy pictures of a heavily camouflaged Focus hatchback prototype. We can identify more sculpted body-side styling that sweeps from just behind the front wheel prior to rising 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 does not look like it will break brand-new ground stylistically.
Inside, we’re faced with another set of complicated prototype components, namely the bizarre binnacle atop the dash that houses a really cheap-looking head unit that does not appear in any other modern-day U.S.-market Ford, along with the unfinished door panels. We sure hope those white plastic air vents are test pieces, because not only are they garishly huge, they’re unsightly, 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 might be a completely digital gauge cluster.
2019 Ford Focus Engine
Today’s Focus offers just 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 utilize burlier turbo fours, which we expect will rollover to their replacements, however we’re concentrating on the routine Focus here).
Those engine choices might stay, although Ford might choose to adopt a turbocharged, small-displacement four-cylinder either as an extra engine or changing the turbo 3, assisting the Focus to square up much better versus Chevy’s all-turbo Cruze and Honda’s half-turbo Civic lineup. The Focus model envisioned here has a six-speed handbook transmission, an alternative we believe will return on the 2019 Focus in addition to a revised iteration of the six-speed dual-clutch automated used in the present car.
2019 Ford Focus Price
Try to find 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 should continue to offer its compact in both sedan and hatchback guises, with a beginning price around $17,000 to $18,000.