Ford has officially released a teaser image and video of the next-generation Focus hatchback which is expected to be revealed on the 10 April 2018 and with a potential South African market introduction in 2019.
The new Ford Focus hatchback will be larger, but lighter, feature much cleaner lines and a raft of new onboard technologies. Based on a development of the existing C2 platform, the new Focus is expected to sit lower, wider and longer (the latter attribute certainly in the case of the sedan) than the current model. As is the case with the Fiesta, there should be a number of trim lines, including the sportier ST-Line and the upmarket Vignale (replete with chrome detailing and LED head- and tail lamps).
Our render from July 2017 is fairly accurate when compared to the official image from Ford.
The engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, but over and above weight saving measures such as the more extensive aluminium and high-tensile steel in the body construction, the Blue Oval will utilise its 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine in various states of tune as well as the 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbodiesel. Let's not forget the performance ST version either. The manual transmissions will feature 6 ratios, but it remains to be seen whether the controversial 6-speed dual-clutch Powershift automatic option will be upgraded or replaced.
We'll be attending a test drive event in Europe in June and will bring you a comprehensive report. Watch this space.