New Ford Focus Mk4 (& hybrid) | 5 Q/A before release

2019 Ford Focus blue st-line sport rear

The Ford Focus MK4 has been officially revealed in Europe. The popular hatchback is comes with some interesting changes which Vice president of product development in Europe, Joe Bakaj, says is a “culmination of know-hows gained over the 20 years from the previous three generations of the car”.

Here are five things to know before the all-anticipated release:

How does the new Ford Focus look?

In a familiar pattern, the new Ford Focus adopts a sharper design language for 2018. It is aerodynamically enhanced but some of the boldness of the previous generations seem to be lost. That said, the new model doesn’t lose any points on the aesthetic front, in fact, they might even have gone up a notch!

The car’s front fascia gets a larger grille, sleek new headlights and different bumper. Sides and rear have similar amount of changes. It not all aesthetic though, and the new design has lowered drag coefficient 0.273, whihc is best in class for the hatchback. Weight has also come down by 194 pounds (88 kilograms).

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New 2018 Ford Focus blue

Is the interior any different?

The new Ford Focus will sit on a longer C2 platform which sees the wheelbase increase by 2 inches (50 mm). This means that there will be more room inside the cabin. Leg and shoulder room will also increase.

Tech has improved and so has the interior quality. A large 8-inch tablet-like display takes care of infotainment duty. Ford Sync 3 with Android Auto and Apple Carplay is provided with advance voice command feature.

Safety and drive-assist features like cruise control, speed sign recognition, and lane centering are provided. Others include head-up display, improved active park, pre-collision pedestrian detection, evasive steering assist and even adaptive front lighting system.

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Any developments under the hood

A 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder will take prominent place for variants going to Europe. It is available in 84 horsepower, 99 hp and 123 hp trims. However, in USA, it’s a turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 148 hp and 180 hp tunes that will power the base variants. Only two transmission options are currently available: six-speed manual or a new eight-speed automatic.

Coming to diesel, it has two Ecoblue mills with 1.5- and 2.0-liter displacement. The first one is available in 94 hp and 118 hp states of tune, with both delivering 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque. The latter is Ford’s first ever diesel mill to use steel pistons and is capable of producing 148 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm).

Ford claims that efficiency is higher on their list of priorities, and we believe them. It couples highly advanced (&fast) cylinder deactivation tech, improved aerodynamics and lower weight to slash fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 percent.

When will it be available in Europe and USA, and in what forms?

MK4 Ford Focus all variants sedan, wagon, crossover

The new Ford Focus will go on sale in UK and across Europe by end of this year. It will only come to USA by July next year.

The Focus being more popular in Europe, receives a number of iterations including the standard hatch, sedan, wagon, crossover and an upscale Vignale. Only the former two will be available in USA.

Will it join the electric bandwagon?

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Yes! Ford has close to 12 cars lined-up for complete electrification and the Focus is one of them. However, this will take time. There are talks of a plugin hybrid model as well.

What’s expected in the initial portfolio is a Focus RS model with mild hybrid technology. This will help push numbers up to the coveted 400bhp mark.

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That’s all we got about the Focus right now. Stay tuned to Autopromag on April 10 for complete specification and details!

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