Last year, our spies were hard at work following the fourth-generation Ford Focus. Now, the American automaker has released the first official image of the C-segment fighter, albeit wearing colorful camouflage. The car seen here is in hatchback guise with its production body.

No longer donning false panels, the next-generation Ford Focus adapts a more aggressive look at the front and a curvier rear-end treatment. The signature trapezoidal grill has been flipped upside down and gets softer edges around the corner. It also appears that the headlights follow the form of the all-new Fiesta. A closer look at the bumper corners reveal trapezoidal fog lights.

The sides also get a significant redesign, losing the third window which has been part of the Focus look for nearly 20 years. Its windowline 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 moment, photos of the rear section have yet to be provided by Ford.

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2018 Ford Focus sedan

With Ford officially showing off the all-new Focus, it is likely that the hatchback body will be revealed first. The sedan and wagon will likely follow a few months after the official world premiere. Speaking of which, Ford has yet to announce the launch date of the 2018 Focus but it is likely that it will be during the year.

As for its engine lineup, expect a wide range EcoBoost engines will be carried-over from the current model. One of which will be the 1.0-liter EcoBoost inline-three that may be available in different output ratings. Aside from the gasoline-powered EcoBoost, a new line of turbo-diesels will be available as well.