5 things you should know — Ford Focus

The very-’70s interior looks to be in decent shape

The very-’70s interior looks to be in decent shape

The revised styling continues in the cabin as designers installed a new instrument cluster, satin aluminum accents and high gloss finishes. What do you have?

"We grabbed it with both hands, to develop the best mid-size family vehicle that money can buy".

We weren't able to see much in Ford's brief teaser of its new Ford Focus, but we liked the compact car's new face, especially its more aggressive headlights.

Ford may be grappling with the global shift toward utility vehicles by killing off some of its auto nameplates, including the Ford Fiesta, but the Focus compact is here to stay for awhile. This will streamline a number of common components like engines, electronics, and sunroofs.

"We don't spend that time and resources on things that might happen or might not happen", Fleet said. Ford didn't specify what powertrains would be available in the US when it goes on sale next year, although one or more of those engines should make the trip overseas. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

The new Ford Focus will be positioned higher than the current one. An 8.0-inch touchscreen will be available along with other features including Wi-Fi, a motion-activated liftgate, telematic services, and a wireless charging pad for mobile devices.

Update as I type: first image of the Ford Focus hatchback. That same app doubles as a remote start. The latest model has 50mm more knee room, 60mm more shoulder room and a boot that's been created to house a dog cage.

Ford will give up sales volume in vehicle segments in order to get higher returns, Farley said. Wonder how they pulled that off?! An electronic parking brake replaces the current lever-type brake, and the gear shifter is also gone, replaced by a rotary gearshift dial.

In "weird-things-you-might-not-notice-but-Ford-has-thought-about" news, the rear-view mirror has been specially shaped to mitigate that frightful buffeting throb effect you get when you open one window at speed.

In the 2019 Focus Wagon, meanwhile, there's up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat. The all-new C2 platform accords the fourth generation Focus with 20 percent more torsional rigidity, while stiffness of individual suspension attachment points is increased by up to 50 per cent, reducing flex for better body control. While Ford may have confirmed some of its engine options - everything from a 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine through to a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel - so far that's only the case for Europe and China. In Europe, customers have a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel available.

Ford says the Focus engines bound for North America will be announced closer to the car's launch. The new Focus also debuts a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new Focus goes on sale today, priced from £17,930 for the Style hatchback - which is £2,300 less than the equivalent previous model.

Vignale is Ford's new premium brand that aims to add a bit more class and luxury to its models, and therefore acts as the range-topping trim.

Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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