Ford has announced that its new offering will be out in the market in 2019- the Ford Focus. Back in 2016, the company had fallen prey to some amount of political football, thanks to their declaration that the new release from Ford would be built in Mexico. This naturally created a bit of a turmoil, considering that all the Fords that are marketed to the United States are built in Wayne, Michigan, with the exception of the 350-hp RS model. This decision to shift base led to Ford receiving a huge Twitter based backlash from then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who continued the Twitter tirade even after he was elected President. Ford ultimately changed its decision and announced that the U.S. market Ford Focus will be built entirely in China.
Keeping all the political ball playing aside, the 2019 Ford Focus has only recently been spotted in a test drive. Admittedly, though, this is not the first time the car has been seen on the track, although the first time it was heavily camouflaged and not much could be made out of its bodywork. The company went a little easy on the camouflage this time, thankfully, and we were able to get some glimpses of the car that is set to debut in 2019. The first thing to grab attention on the prototype was the hashtag: #TimeToFocus.
2019 Ford Focus engine and powertrain
The current Focus does not have much to boast about the engine. It comes with only a 160 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 123 horsepower turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost. The outlook is better on the Focus ST and the Focus RS, both of which use much bulkier and more powerful turbocharged and four-cylinder engines. We are not certain, as of now, whether the 2019 Ford Focus will also carry over the engine choices of its earlier models; however, there is a possibility that Ford will opt for a small displacement, turbocharged, and four-cylinder engine.
It may be incorporated either as an additional engine to the original set or as a replacement for the three-cylinder turbocharged engine altogether. Either of the two would be a good move on the part of Ford; it will up their game against giants like the Civic from Honda, which is a half turbo, and also the Cruze from Chevy, a full turbo. While all this is speculation at this point, we do know that the prototype we saw comes with a six-speed manual transmission. It seems as though this will option will come in addition to the current Focus’ upgraded six-speed dual clutch automatic.
So, we can expect that the 2019 Ford Focus will retain the current 160-hp 2.0-liter inline-four and turbocharged 123-hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder engines, with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions and a front wheel drive.
2019 Ford Focus platform
It does not seem likely that Ford will change the structure of the current Focus completely for the 2019 Ford Focus, and that seems obvious from the prototype photos we could get. It is about the same size as the current Focus, and the architecture is not new, but there are a fair few changes visible to it. From what it looks like, stiffness is high on the scale, and the weight much lesser. It can be hoped that the 2019 Focus will retain the rigidity of the current model along with its excellent suspension, and will incorporate the necessary technology to meet the very high global crash standards.
2019 Ford Focus exterior
As far as design is concerned, it doesn’t look as though the 2019 Ford Focus will bring about many changes from its predecessors. The body styling is obviously more sculpted, with the sweeping line from the back to the front, and a slight rise just above the fender. It features the two slat grille that is becoming a fixture of Ford models, although this one is bigger and more widely separated from the headlights. The lower fascia has LED accent lights, which is new for a Focus. The rear of the car is broader than its predecessors.
2019 Ford Focus interior
The inside of the car gives some mixed feelings. First of all, the good bits are good. The dashboard is larger than average and features a very large LCD display located right in front of the dashboard, as opposed to the ore buried version of the Fiesta. The climate control buttons, infotainment buttons, and the air vents are very similar to that of the Fiesta. But, because of its considerably larger size, there is more negative space between the controls in the Focus than there is in the Fiesta. On the downside, however, the interior of the Focus leaves much to be desired. First of all, there is a strange looking binnacle on top of the dashboard, containing a head unit that looks positively cheap. The door panels are unfinished, and the plastic air vents take much away from the overall décor of the car.
2019 Ford Focus price and release date
The 2019 Ford Focus is set to arrive in the United States sometime in the next year; launch dates have not been declared yet. The base prices will probably start from $17-18,000. It is likely that Ford will continue to sell both the hatchback and the sedan versions of the car, much like the previous models.
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The 2019 Ford Focus is much awaited, not least because the Focus line has fallen considerably behind the times, what with the arrival of compact competitors like the Honda Civic and the Chevrolet Cruze. Compared to them, Focus has not seen much in the way of innovation.