Ford released details today on its completely redesigned 2020 Focus. The all-new Focus launches in China and Europe later this year before heading to the United States in 2019. According to Ford, this is the global launch of the new Focus, so some details may change before it reaches North American shores.
Here's what we know so far:
The new Focus is sleeker, more stylish and more sophisticated. At a glance, it simply looks more grown-up. Available in three distinct body styles — four-door sedan, hatchback and wagon — Ford says it offers an all-new suspension, a new chassis (with a 20 percent increase in torsional rigidity), a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and a new series of engines, including two turbocharged EcoBoost units and an available diesel powerplant. According to Ford, the Focus' wheelbase has been stretched to provide nearly 3 inches of additional rear legroom, while exterior dimensions remain the same. With the rear seats folded, the Focus wagon offers 58 cubic feet of cargo space, a substantial gain over the 44.8 cubes available in the current Focus hatchback.
Ford provided some engine details for the Chinese and European markets, including a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Another new powertrain offering is the 2.0-liter diesel engine, which Ford calls EcoBlue. And while the automaker says North American powertrains are yet to be announced, we wouldn't be surprised to see at least some variant of the two EcoBoost engines arrive stateside, although the diesel is less likely. The Focus also uses a new Electronic Power Assist Steering system, along with three drive modes (Normal, Eco, and Sport) that allow for adjustments to steering, engine and transmission response.
Ford says the new Focus also uses its new driver assist system, Co-Pilot360. The system includes features such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive front lighting, active park assist, and an evasive steering assist that helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles. The Focus also benefits from FordPass Connect technology, a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. FordPass provides services such as vehicle location, remote door unlocking, and remote start — all available via a smartphone app. Inside, the Focus offers a wireless smartphone charging pad, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, plus Ford's latest Sync 3 technology.
More than just driver-assist technology, though, the 2020 Focus gets several updates that bolster a new upscale attitude. An electronic parking brake replaces the current lever-action brake, and instead of a gear lever, there's a rotary gearshift dial. These changes make for a slimmer center console and more passenger space up front. Ford also extends the use of its hands-free liftgate technology to specific Focus models, so drivers can open the rear tailgate by swiping their foot under the rear bumper.
While there isn't a full breakdown of pricing or trim levels yet, Ford announced four trim levels for the Chinese and European markets: Active, Titanium, Vignale and ST-Line. The Active, according to Ford, is the adventure-focused model, while the Titanium and Vignale trim levels offer a more luxurious experience, and the ST-Line provides a sporty demeanor.
The Focus is already a class leader, and the 2020 version undoubtedly receives a shot of adrenaline with its classy new look, upgraded underpinnings and powertrains, and long list of modern tech features.