Everything We Know About the 2019 Focus
Ford’s all-new 2019 Focus has finally been spotted without its camouflage. And it looks better than ever. Here’s everything we know so far – and few things we don’t.
Focus on the Future
Despite the quality of recent Focus models, and the promise of the one, sales have been dropping. After peaking in 2012 at 27,936, sales have fallen each year thereafter. In 2017, Ford sold just 11,937. This doesn’t have much to do with Focus specifically. Instead, it’s a symptom of the fact that Canadian drivers buy SUVs and trucks instead of cars. In fact, Ford is moving production of the Focus to China in order to make room domestically for the returning Ranger medium-size pickup and the Bronco off-road SUV. With that in mind, it may seem like the writing’s on the wall for the new Focus. But, based on new reports, that doesn’t seem to be the case at all.
A Portuguese spy recently caught Ford shooting a commercial for the 2019 Focus. His picture is the first image leaked of the new car without any of its camouflage. While the film crew made an effort to disguise the badges, the profile and the headlights match the camouflaged test models pretty perfectly. The hatch transitions a bit more aggressively into the front fascia. The contrast between the front and rear gives the impression of real sportiness that the previous generation (ST and RS excluded) lacked.
What should you take away from the leak? First, you should note that the Focus is production-ready. Secondly, note that it looks damn good.
One big question that remains to be answered is whether or not Ford will continue the lineup of performance Focus models. According to a report from the Netherlands’ Auto Internationaal, the Focus ST and RS will live on, but that report is unconfirmed. The Focus ST and RS have been wonderful hatchbacks with bonafide track-ready performance and styling worthy of Tokyo Drift. We do know that Ford will be bringing the Edge into the ST family, so it would make sense for the Focus to continue.
In the same report, the Dutch publication asserts that Ford will even offer a performance hybrid variant of the Focus. This would combine a turbocharged engine with a 48-volt electric motor and enable greater horsepower and torque than any previous Focus. The performance will be further boosted by decreased weight, with most models being roughly 100 pounds lighter than the 2018 Focus.
The Focus ST and RS were widely lauded for their thrilling performance. However, many critics complained that the interior quality wasn’t good enough for the price point. The base Focus, after all, is an economy car, so it’s difficult to escape some of the underpinnings. Plus, the model was getting a little long in the tooth, so the interior layout was a bit outdated. But, the 2019 Focus will be a little longer than its predecessor. That will offer passengers greater legroom. Secondly, the new Focus will consolidate most of the non-essential vehicle controls in a touchscreen. This should free up even more space and help create a more mature interior across the trim levels.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more about the 2019 Ford Focus.