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Next-gen 2018 Ford Focus spotted without camouflage

Jordan Katsianis
15 Feb 2018

Ford’s crucial family hatch is nearing production, but will it be able to compete against the Golf?


The all-new Ford Focus has been spotted yet again on an website, this time completely devoid of camouflage while being shot in preparation of its global launch in a few months time. 

The blue car seen in this image is not only the first time we have seen the fourth generation Focus without design-masking stickers, but could be our first look at a possible ST-Line variant thanks to a telling combination of a large tailgate spoiler, aggressive bumpers and large diamond cut wheels.

> Click here for our review of the VW Golf

Taking design cues from the new Fiesta, the new Focus shares its sibling’s upright grille and lower bumper design. Flanking the grille are new LED headlights with a horizontal split in the centre of each unit, similar to the effect used on contemporary Volvos.

The changes aim to make the new Focus look more grown up and sophisticated than before, a theme that should continue in the cabin. The biggest source of criticism where the current Focus is concerned, we expect the cabin in the new car to take inspiration from the new Fiesta, with a high mounted infotainment screen, lower, simpler dash and a focus on higher quality materials. Interior space should also improve thanks the new Focus’ longer wheelbase, although basic exterior dimensions will remain close to what they are now.

Ford is hoping to reinstate the crisp handling that made the first two Focus generations such a hit with buyers. The current car, although capable, was missing some of the enthusiasm that defined its predecessors and this was due in part to the ‘One Ford’ philosophy that globalised Ford research and development. According to sources, Ford appears to be prioritising European tastes with this fourth generation car, a claim backed up by the placement of Brit Darren Palmer as project chief. Palmer has also been responsible for the latest seventh generation Fiesta.

The new Focus’ engine line-up is likely to prioritise three-cylinder petrol engines, although four-cylinder petrol and diesel options will also be available. Ford will launch an ST hot hatch version of the new generation car to battle the VW Golf GTI and the impressive new Hyundai i30 N, but details remain scarce at this stage.

Ford will also diversify the new Focus’ powertrain options via a hybrid version, while an estate, saloon and high-riding Active model will all be added to the range in time. 

When it is launched next year, the Focus won’t only have traditional rivals like the VW Golf and Mazda 3 to deal with, but also the onslaught of compact SUVs and crossovers that have been luring mainstream buyers away from traditional hatchbacks. 

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