Expect to see the new Focus break cover sometime in April.
Next month, Ford will reveal the all-new 2019 Ford Focus in a separate event away from the congestion of the Geneva and New York auto shows. Unfortunately for Ford, the new Focus has already been leaked thanks to candid photos taken during a photoshoot in Portugal showing the hatchback completely undisguised. We only got to see the new Focus from one angle, however, but our spy photographers recently caught the sedan version being tested in the snow.
You couldn’t exactly miss it, either, since the car is covered in eye-catching comic book-inspired camouflage designed to generate publicity. Ford has promised the new Focus will adopt a more unique look than its somewhat uninspired predecessor, and that appears to be the case here. At the front, we can see a larger grille and new headlights, while a longer trunk and bold new taillights highlight the rear design features. Combined with a sloping roof, the new Focus looks a lot more stylish than the current model. Small hatchbacks often don’t translate very well to larger sedans, but Ford appears to have pulled it off here.
Ford hasn’t announced a date for the reveal, but we already know quite a lot about the new Focus. A recent report claimed the new model will be around 50 mm longer than the outgoing model to increase rear legroom, and 110 pounds lighter depending on the model variant. The sedan version should also launch at the same time as the hatchback. The dashboard will be more hi-tech and feature less physical buttons in favor of a tablet-centric layout. Engine options are still unknown, but the range-topping Focus RS could adopt a mild hybrid powertrain with 400 horsepower on tap, enabling it to hit 0-62 mph in just 4 seconds. That would make it a seriously hot hatch.