A new and improved 2019 Ford Focus sedan has been spotted for the very first time. The first images of its hatchback counterpart emerged last year, but we haven’t been able to get a glimpse at the new redesigned model of the Ford Focus sedan until now. And even though we get very little information from this heavily-camouflaged test model it is enough to get us excited about whats to come.
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The new model will be built in a Ford plant in China, while the old plant in Wayne, Michigan will be reassigned to higher-margin Ranger and Bronco. The company’s original plan was to source the new Focus from a plant that would be built in Mexico, but because of slow sales of passenger vehicles Ford ended up using some capacity at their Chinese plant. From what we can tell from these new spy shots, this new redesigned 2019 Ford Focus will be slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model. Its hard to tell how many inches will be added to the overall length, but no doubt, it will result in a more ample amount of space inside the cabin.
Engine and Powertrain
Ford is yet to disclose their plans for the new model’s powertrain, but is is highly likely that all units will be turbocharged. The new Focus will, as always, be offered in various trims, among which will be the Focus ST hatch, offered right at the start, that will probably come with the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. A little further down the line, look out for the Focus RS hatch, whose powertrain is a little harder to predict. The new model’s biggest rival will be the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Subaru Impreza, as well as the new Toyota Corolla.
2019 Ford Focus Price and Release Date
While the passenger vehicle’s sales have been on a steady decline in recent years, the Focus is one model that keeps being the staple model for the segment on the US market. During the first half of the year, Ford managed to sell 82,721 units of the hatch and the sedan, which is not to shabby, but when we compare it to the 103,144 units the automaker delivered in the same time period a year ago, it is quite a drop.
The new 2019 Ford Focus will hit the showrooms sometime during the 2018 model year, but it will arrive as a 2019 model. The pricing information is yet to be announced, but we expect the new model to start at about the same amount as the outgoing model. So, expect the entry level Focus to set you back about $18.000.