The New Fiesta looks like it will keep much of the refreshed upscale front but get a upscale new body, that's more designed like the front. Focus seems to be going the same direction. Longer, cleaner lines, less round bits.
As Ford brings Fiesta and Focus more upmarket, I hope they bring intelligent AWD to the Fiesta as an option...same for Focus. Along with Performance AWD for the ST, and an RS version of both with massive power and P-AWD.
Or better yet, being e-AWD across the lineup with every new gen model.
The new architecture of both the Fiesta and Focus should give Ford many opportunities baked in, that the current architecture does not.
I really like the new more horizontal look of the Fiesta-- it's very much with the times.
We have not seen a Focus prototype yet (just a mule).. so I am on pins and needles -- the big one there is to fix the nose of the current platform. Fords look awkward next to the new-platform-since-2008 cars with better proportioned noses.
As for AWD, I expect the Fiesta will remain FWD only with the EcoSport (and maybe other dedicated cars) having unique offering of AWD on the platform. I am expecting that using the EcoSport platform for the Fiesta would needlessly raise costs (and there is no precedent / seeming market demand for such).
An AWD Focus would be interesting and we will see. Again, besides the Impreza, we see no other model going for AWD as an option, so adding that engineering below the Escape seems wasteful / unwarranted.
For me, more interesting than AWD is electrification, virtual AWD, and other forward-looking options. The Focus platform will be a very important platform for Ford --we may not see a replacement before 2025, so it needs to be future proof to a great extent. All the competition has great allowances for electrification, high-speed information network and more -- and the next Focus platform needs the same.