Ford's compact car set for a full revamp next year.
With the all-new 2017 Ford Fiesta officially out now, Ford's next major project is the next-gen Ford Focus that is expected to arrive next year. Using the latest details available, Quatro Rodas has created a rendering to preview the 2018 Ford Focus.
The new generation Ford Focus is expected to feature an evolutionary design rather than a completely new design, with some inspiration from the 2017 Ford Fiesta. The Brazilian publication has created the rendering with that thought.
Underpinned by an updated version of the current Ford Focus' C2 platform, the 2018 Ford Focus is unlikely to have a longer or wider body. However, reports say that the redesigned model would have an about 50 mm longer wheelbase. Various weight-saving measures will help reduce the weight by around 50 kg. Ford will likely offer the compact car once again in hatchback, sedan and estate body styles.
The 2018 Ford Focus would get a variety of small and compact engine options, including the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol, 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol, 2.0-litre Ti-VCT petrol, 1.5-litre TDCi diesel and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel units among others. Specifications for Europe, South America and other regions would differ, of course. Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission is unlikely to find its place in the Focus anytime soon, and the familiar 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission could continue along with 5- and 6-speed manual transmissions.
Reports say that the 2018 Ford Focus range would also include ST-Line, ST, RS and pure electric variants. Ford will offer the ST variant with a 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine that produces up to 275 bhp and a 1.5- or 2.0-litre diesel engine. The pure electric and RS variants should arrive at a later stage.
For the interior, designers will go for a more stylish but simpler layout. A touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard would offer control for more functions. Ford could drop the low-end grades of the car to make more room for the higher-end Fiesta grades and the company will offer an upscale Vignale grade in Europe.
[Image Source: Quatro Rodas]