Next Ford Focus RS Will Be A Wild Hybrid

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But Ford doesn't believe Americans want it.

Here's what we know: the next-generation Ford Focus RS, like the standard Focus hatchback and ST hot hatch, will not be sold in the US. This decision on Ford's part stemmed from the belief that not enough Americans wanted traditional cars, such as hatchbacks and sedans. While the previous generation Focus ST and RS sold well here, bringing over only their successors makes no financial sense. America's one-generation-only chance at the Focus RS has come and gone. That sense of disappointment is probably about to become even greater.

According to the UK's Car Magazine, who received these details from unnamed sources, the next Focus RS is now entering the final stages of development and is expected to debut at a 2021 model. Not only will it remain AWD, but will now come with an electric four-wheel-drive system. Its rear wheels will rely solely on e-power while the combustion engine drives the front rollers.

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Interestingly, there could be a special steering wheel button labeled 'RS' used by drivers to ignite a brief electric boost. Expect excellent overall traction along with the ability to tweak torque vectoring.

And speaking of the engine, our previous report claiming around 400 hp with mild-hybrid assist continues to be accurate. The electrically assisted AWD system could even accommodate Ford's Drift Mode as well. This latest report, however, offers a few more details, including a 48-volt integrated starter-generator that will provide a boost of all-electric power at low revs.

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Okay, but which combustion engine will Ford utilize? All signs point towards the familiar 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the same engine used in the previous Focus RS. Definitely no complaints there given that it produced as much as 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Hopefully, a six-speed manual will stick around as well, though we wouldn't be surprised to see an optional dual-clutch automatic as well.

In general, Ford is prepping a new hybrid hot hatch with upwards of 400 hp thanks to electrical assistance. It's a shame Americans will miss out on this one. Again. Fortunately, those craving all-electric performance will soon have a new savior: the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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