The tech count is up on the next Ford Focus

Having been introduced back in 2010, the third-gen Focus is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Its replacement has been spotted yet again by our hardy spy photographers, and this time the images are a tad more revealing. In some of them, you can observe the prototype was equipped with a head-up display. As you can imagine, the system will likely be available at an additional cost, and even then only on the upper-spec models.

The test vehicle was still wearing that annoying disguise all over the body, including on the roof where there were four interesting creases also dipped in camo. Expect the Focus IV to grow a little bit to accommodate a longer wheelbase that will pay dividends in terms of rear legroom, which as we all know is not that great on the outgoing model. Same goes for boot capacity, which presumably will be bigger as a result of the increased footprint and what will likely be better packaging thanks to the optimised hardware.

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Our previous batch of spy images revealed the new Focus will have an overhauled dashboard design in the same vein as the Fiesta’s by hosting a free-standing touchscreen display part of the infotainment system running on Ford’s SYNC 3 system.

Beyond the usual hatchback and estate bodystyles, the Blue Oval will likely decide to spice up the range by doing a pseudo rugged version wearing the “Active” suffix, like with the company’s new Fiesta supermini. Some plastic body cladding, a raised ground clearance, and other subtle tweaks will differentiate it from the regular models. The Fiesta Active will be front-wheel-drive-only, so chances are the Focus crossover lookalike won’t be blessed with AWD.

That being said, the next-gen Focus RS, due to arrive many, many years from now, might once again have a similar grippy setup to the current model.

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Gallery: 2018 Ford Focus spy photos