All-new 2019 Ford Focus hatchback spied nearly undisguised
It looks like a generic C-segment hatch
Say hello to the all-new 2019 Ford Focus Hatchback, snapped by our spy photographers while wearing very little camouflage.
Camouflage may not be the correct word to describe the psychedelic livery on this Focus prototype, which also sports the #TimeToFocus hashtag.
First impressions? It's still recognizable as a Focus, but the all-new C-segment model adopts a "happier" reversed grille, bulged rear haunches and front fenders, as well as all-new lights.
The headlight signature seems inspired by Volvo's "Thor's hammer" headlamps, while the taillights appear to be decoys — look closely, and you will spot a much more extended cut up. That means the tail lamps will be significantly larger than those on the prototype.
Overall, the 2019 Focus has an underwhelming appearance if you ask me. The Volvo-like headlights and Mazda3-inspired flared haunches and fenders are too obvious, while the rest of the car looks quite bland.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there was a time Ford wasn't afraid to experiment with the design of its compact models: just take a look at the Focus Mk1 which still looks fresh and original today.
The new Focus should be slightly bigger than the current model, allowing for increased space inside — including rear legroom. While there are no photos of the cabin, the 2019 Focus is expected to kick it up a notch when it comes to quality to be able to compete with the VW Golf or Honda Civic.
While the Focus Hatchback will be primarily aimed at the European market, the Focus sedan will target China and the United States — the latter will be made in China, after all.
A 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo gasoline engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission is expected to make up the bulk of sales. That engine will be offered alongside the usual range of turbocharged gasoline and diesel units, including the new 1.5-liter oil burner. The all-new Focus is expected to debut in early 2018.
An all-electric version is also in the cards, as are high-performance ST and RS models.