There is still 2 years to wait, but work is well underway on the new Ford Focus. The new car will follow the same building structure as the Fiesta, using Ford’s global C-class platform and only be available only as a 5 door car. Other C-class cars include the new Kuga, C-Max and Grand C-Max. Autocar photographers managed to snapshot the first images of the car whilst testing in Arctic conditions under a 4th generation body disguise. Manufacturers use these disguises to test the performance of the car and make sure it performs well in extreme conditions.
It is unlikely that the new car will grow length or width but it is likely to have around 50mm extra wheelbase to help it match its slightly more spacious rivals. Overall weight figures are yet to be announced but are expected to be dropped by 50kg with efficiency a key feature alongside improved aerodynamics. Last year, Ford’s European president Jim Farley promised us a dozen electric vehicles and the new Focus is believed to be one.
In terms of the standard conventional fuel engines, the Focus will rely mainly on the 1.0 EcoBoost units, available with 99, 123 and 138bhp, but have back up from 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre units. Both with a range of different performance outputs to power the sporty ST-Line and full ST models. In terms of diesel, the standard 1.5 litre unit will be the main engine, with the possibility of a 2.0 litre engine available for the ST. An unchanged mix of manual and automatic will be available. As with the all-new Fiesta, a high-riding ‘Active’ model will be built and could possibly be full four wheel drive.
We still have a bit of time to wait but first sightings look promising for the Focus.