Ford is putting the finishing touches on the next generation Focus, which is set to move slightly upmarket to make enough room for the bigger and more comfortable latest Fiesta. Not only that, but the Blue Oval’s most important model globally – the Focus family hatchback – will also receive two new members in its lineup, the posh Vignale and the crossover-inspired Active.
If that last badge sounds familiar, you might have heard about the SUV-like Active variant of the Fiesta that's on its way in a few months. Its bigger brother will follow the same formula – slightly raised suspension in combination with additional plastic body cladding for a more rugged appearance, as our rendering previews. Don’t expect phenomenal off-road capabilities, because the hatch will continue to be powered exclusively by the front wheels.
It’s #TimeToFocus (take a look at the spy photos below) for Ford as its traditional hatch slowly loses ground against the continually building SUV opposition in Europe. Larger SUV models might be more upright and offer more space, but the next-generation version of the Focus is set to compete, thanks to larger dimensions and improved packaging. The elongated wheelbase should free up more space in the cabin, especially in the rear seats, and add more room in the boot.
Gallery: 2018 Ford Focus new spy images
Depending on the region, the new Focus will be available with a number of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, and we expect the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo to be the big seller. Naturally, ST and RS variants will join the range at a later date.
We're all set to see the newest Ford Focus in the first half of 2018, and it's likely to be a Europe reveal. European versions of the car will continue to be built at Ford's factory in Germany, while versions of the car for the global market will be produced in China. The hatch and estate will arrive first, followed by the Active and super plush Vignale version early in 2019.