The Focus is an important model for the American automaker Ford. Ford cars are known for their lively dynamics and the Focus is among the best of them. When the Ford Focus RS came out, it left everyone awestruck. The current Ford Focus RS, the fastest Focus yet, is a front-wheel drive car that can behave like a four-wheel drive vehicle. Set to enter its fourth generation, the 2019 Ford Focus is expected to be dynamically better than the car it replaces. Will it continue to push the bar higher for the Focus nameplate?
|Specifications||2019 Ford Focus|
|Engine||Direct-injected, turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol/ Port and Direct-injected, turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol/Turbocharged, 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel/ Turbocharged, 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel|
|Power||1.0-litre petrol – 85HP/100HP/125HP; 1.5-litre petrol – 150HP/182HP; 1.5-litre diesel – 95HP/120HP; 2.0-litre diesel – 150HP|
|Torque||Petrol – N/A; 1.5-litre diesel – 300Nm; 2.0-litre diesel – 370Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/8-speed automatic|
|Rear Suspension||Twist-beam/SLA independent type|
|Front Brake||Disc brakes|
|Rear Brake||Disc brakes|
What’s new about the 2019 Ford Focus?
The 2019 Ford Focus is an all-new model from the Blue Oval. It has been unveiled in Europe and will go in sale in the continent this year. Subsequently, it will go on sale in USA in second quarter of 2019. The nameplate, now entering its fourth generation, makes room for four body styles – a five-door hatchback, a five-door wagon, a crossover, and a four-door sedan. Underpinned by Ford’s C2 platform, the new Focus weighs 88kg less than the model it replaces. The all-new Ford Focus hatchback now measures 4,378mm x 1,825mm x 1,455mm (l x b x h) with wheelbase spanning 2,701mm in length. The new car sports a near 50:50 weight distribution, making it look sleek and sporty.
Up front, the 2019 Ford Focus gets a new face with blacked-out trapezoidal grille, redesigned bumper, swept-back LED headlamps with LED DRLs, and creases on the hood that make it look muscular. The notable changes on the side are new alloy wheels, blacked-out B pillar, and a character line that runs from the headlamp on either side to the middle of the rear door. Another crease starts from the middle of the rear doors and ends in the taillamps, giving this car’s look a muscular feel. The rear is quite neat with FOCUS lettering in the middle of the tailgate and number plate housing underneath it, a diffuser, and two exhaust pipes on the right side.
Inside, the all-new Focus gets a new dashboard design. As a result, it now looks neater than before. A/c vents are now horizontal. Above the centre vents sits the SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system. Below the A/c vents sit the HVAC controls, and the car gets a rotary gear selector when equipped with automatic gearbox. The instrument cluster feels quite airy, but the layout is the same as the outgoing car with two analogue dials flanking a digital display in the centre. Below the digital display are engine temperature and fuel gauges. Black is the dominating interior colour with brushed aluminium inserts adorning various bits like door latches, central A/c vents’ outline, and steering wheel. Based on the trim, the interior layout slightly differs in colour scheme. A sliding door hides a big, modular storage space on the centre console.
Is the 2019 Ford Focus worth consideration?
The Focus is an important nameplate for Ford’s global plans. The hatchback is quite popular in Europe, as evidenced by the fact that Europe will get all four body styles plus the Vignale trim of the Focus. In stark contrast, in Ford’s home country of USA, the Focus will be available in hatchback and sedan body styles only. The European car will feature two petrol engines – a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine with 84HP, 99HP, and 123HP output, and a 1.5-litre EcoBoost motor with 148HP and 180HP power output. Transmission options will be limited to a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The bigger EcoBoost engine will also get cylinder deactivation which will turn off one of the cylinders, making the three-cylinder engine act like a two-pot unit.
Two news diesels will also be on offer – a 1.5-litre EcoBlue engine with 94HP and 118HP outputs with 300Nm torque output in either state of tune, and a 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine with 148HP power and 370Nm torque outputs. The fact that makes diesel engines of the Focus worth mentioning here is the use of steel pistons in the 2.0-litre EcoBlue motor, the first time Ford has done so. Apart from this, the all-new Ford Focus allow its owners to trigger various functions of the car from their smartphone via FordPass Connect. These features include locating the vehicle, check car’s vitals, lock/unlock doors, and more. There will be adaptive cruise control with sop/go function, speed sign recognition, and lane centering features on offer.
The 2019 Ford Focus will feature adaptive front lighting system which will be paired to a camera mounted up front. Using this, the car will monitor lane markings up to 65 meters ahead of itself. Moreover, the car’s lighting system will adjust itself to light up a curve ahead. Other features on the Ford’s flagship hatchback will include a heads-up display, active park assist, pre-collision pedestrian and cyclist detection, cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, and evasive steering assist aids. All in all, the hatchback will be loaded to the brim with features and electronic aids.
All this just shows how important the Focus nameplate is to Ford overall. This kind of focus is rarely seen on mass-market vehicles, much less hatchbacks. The nameplate, which has grown in popularity due to Ford’s One Ford policy, will likely affect other nameplates as well. Also, it may be a wish, but may Ford bring the Focus to India, even if it is in sedan form. At least it will have a competitor for the likes of Honda City and Hyundai Verna. Even better would be the Focus wagon that will exist in a niche in the Rs 5-15 lakh range. Until it is here on sale, calling it worth your consideration or not would not be a nice idea.
Ford will slash the Focus (the regular one) from its US line-up in the near future. The Focus is one of the most popular cars across the world and the second most popular Ford vehicle behind the F-series pick-up trucks (here’s the source). The hatchback has achieved this popularity due to its performance in emerging markets across the world, which does make one ponder as to when will this car come to India. So, do keep a close eye on the developments surrounding this car. It may just come to India in sedan (or even better, hatchback) form.
2019 Ford Focus – Synopsis
- Unveiled in Europe; Will go on sale in Europe in 2018, followed by US launch in 2019
- Powered by two EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines each with varying outputs
- Transmission options to include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic (with a rotary selector)
- Buyers will get to choose between hatchback, sedan, crossover and wagon body styles
- Underpinned by Ford’s C2 platform; 88kg lighter than predecessor; sports near 50:50 weight distribution
- EcoBoost engines to get cylinder deactivation feature
- 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel has steel pistons, a first for Ford
- FordPass Connect to allow users to activate various functions via their smartphone
- Adaptive front lighting system paired with front camera to pre-adjust headlamps for curves, roundabouts, etc.
- Electronic aids include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, cross-traffic alert, evasive steering assist, and more