Anton Andres / Ford Press | April 11, 2018 00:41
All-new Ford Focus makes its world premiere in hatchback, sedan and wagon form
After a year of spy shots and months of teasers, it has come to this. Ford has officially pulled the covers off the all-new Focus. Coincidentally, the debut of the fourth-generation Ford Focus marks the 20th anniversary of the C-segment stalwart. The hatchback, wagon and sedan were revealed with the latter making its world premiere in China.
Starting with the hatchback, it gets a wide, upside down trapezoidal grill at the front, flanked by a pair of sleek, upswept headlights. Defined edges also define the corners of the front fascia. This new look is also shared with the sedan and wagon.
As part of the all-new look, it loses the third window which has been part of the Focus look for nearly 20 years. In its place is a window line kinks upwards, much like the current generation, and has a reverse kink rear window treatment. The fenders on the other hand have been flared outwards and it gives the 2018 Focus a wider stance. At the back, long wraparound tail lights dominate the fascia. Notably, the rear tailgate also has a wider opening. Depending on the variant, there are different treatments to the lower half of the bumper. All models get an integrated rear spoiler.
As for the sedan, it is significantly different from the hatch from the middle. The window line also sweeps upwards but that's where the similarities end. Rear doors are longer and more upright, giving it a more formal roof line. Its rear windshield slopes more dramatically than the current model as well. A curvier rear fascia has been applied to the sedan and gets a similar treatment to the hatchback when it comes to the tail lights. The sedan does appear to have a longer set of lights and the elements are also different.
Lastly, the wagon which is the most upright of the three body styles. Despite that, it retains most of the hatchback's lines with the significant difference of a longer tail end. The third window is slim, giving it a more rakish appearance. As for the back, there's an upright tailgate and a rear fascia treatment similar to the hatch.
All three share the same interior design, which takes a leaf from the European-spec 2017 Ford Fiesta. It is angular in form and sees more geometric shapes than the soon to be outgoing model. Gone is the 'waterfall' effect center stack and in its place is a flatter dashboard. The infotainment screen also follows the trend of 'floating' screens as it takes center stage on top of the dash.
The engine range, at least for Europe, consists of four turbocharged gas engines and three turbodiesels. The Ecoboost gas engine range starts with the 1.0-liter version with 85 PS, moving up to 100 PS and 125 PS. For more power, there's the 1.5-liter EcoBoost range with two states of tune; one with 150 PS and tops out at 182 PS.
New turbodiesels are now dubbed EcoBlue. The base EcoBlue makes 95 PS from its 1.5-liter mill and the same engine can be had with 120 PS. Both 1.5 EcoBlue diesels have a torque rating of 300 Nm. Topping the diesel range is the 2.0-liter EcoBlue with 150 PS and 370 Nm of torque. Transmission choices for most engines include a six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic.