After quite the dry spell, our spies were able to spot Ford testing the next-gen 2018 Focus. This time however, our insiders managed to spot the prototype four-door body instead of the five-door.
The latest set of photos gives us a glimpse on what will the new Focus sedan may eventually look like. The front fascia is heavily draped in camouflage but we do get to see restyled headlights that come with LED daytime running lights (DRLs).
The front grill, front bumper and hood may also get a new design as hinted by the black-painted panels that cover the aforementioned components. Compared to the current generation model, the Focus sedan could come with a longer wheelbase as well for better cabin space. The Focus (whether as a hatchback or sedan) always had limited rear legroom since the first generation.
It is also hinted the 2018 Focus will be wider than the current third-generation. As far as features are concerned, the all-new Focus may come with SYNC 3, a new electronic parking brake (based on our previous spied prototype) and a slightly tweaked center console design.
Around the back, it's hard to tell what Ford will be doing for the 2018 Focus. But by our estimates, the Blue Oval brand will most likely give the Focus sedan a sleeker design for its trunk lid, rear bumper and taillights. All in all, the 2018 Focus may come with an evolutionary design, rather than revolutionary.
As for its engine lineup, it's highly likely that the plethora of 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, expect a new line of turbo-diesels to be available as well.
A plug-in hybrid variant and all-electric version are expected to be available as well for the 2018 Focus.
Beside the five-door hatchback and four-door sedan, Ford is also preparing a five-door wagon version of the Focus apparently. However, our spies have yet to see the wagon body style.