Ford Inside News banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Mercury C557
Joined
·
22,734 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Ford shapes up family car for the next decade with dramatic looks and cutting-edge tech.
Text: Sam Hardy / Photos: Miroslav
30th March 2009

Meet the most desirable family car ever! This striking machine is about to rewrite the hatchback rulebook, with a stunning combination of head-turning looks, driver appeal and up-to-the-minute technology. Say hello to Ford’s next-generation Focus.

Set to go on sale in 2010, the third generation of the family car will take the company’s brand values to the next level. It gets a dramatic new look that’s backed up by a range of hi-tech small- capacity turbocharged engines.

Ford gave the strongest hint of how its upcoming models will look when it revealed the Iosis Max at the Geneva Motor Show last month (see Issue 1,053). And it’s from this car that the new Focus takes much of its styling inspiration.

The hatch gets a sleek new front end, with a large lower grille and elongated headlights. Bold lines run from the edges of the grille to the A-pillars.

At the rear, there are further nods to the Iosis MAX, with a high tail, angular C-pillars and eye-catching lights. Chunky wheelarches and short
overhangs finish the look and give the newcomer a muscular stance. According to insiders, a panoramic glass roof will also be available. Inside, expect a toned-down version of the concept’s striking cabin, with a new centre console boasting an improved version of Ford’s Human Machine Interface control system. Options will include a reversing camera.

Under the skin is a fresh development of the current car’s chassis, so it’s unlikely the new model will grow much in size. Emphasis will be put on ride and refinement, without sacrificing the sharp steering and driver appeal for which the Focus has become famous.

New turbocharged EcoBoost engines dominate the line-up. Entry-level models will come with a 1.0-litre four-cylinder turbo unit offering 89bhp or 108bhp, but most variants will get a new 1.6-litre turbo, available with 148bhp or 178bhp outputs.

These units will combine storming pace with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to give buyers the best of both worlds. There is also a new range of diesels in the shape of a 1.6 TDCi, delivering up to 128bhp, and a flagship 2.0-litre with 168bhp or 197bhp.

All engines are mated to manual boxes as standard, but Ford will also offer its Powershift twin-clutch transmission. Start-stop technology is set to be rolled out across the range, too.

We reported in Issue 1,054 that Ford bosses were debating when to launch the car. Sources have revealed that it looks as though the Focus and C-MAX compact MPV will be launched simultaneously in 2010.

The models have been developed alongside each other and could be global cars – ie sold in all Ford markets across the world. They would follow in the footsteps of the latest Fiesta, which goes on sale in China later this year, and in the US in 2010.

The Focus will be built at Ford’s plant in Saarlouis, Germany, while the C-MAX, which is to appear as a seven-seater for the first time, will be assembled at Valencia in Spain.​
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,674 Posts
Have a look on this link at slide 18, there is a pic of a the end rear quarter of a car which I think is the next Focus,
http://tiny.cc/RuwZi

Comments??
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16 Posts
Now if the Focus we get here in the US looks like that sketch up there I wouldn't mind owning one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
152 Posts
Not bad at all. It does look an awful lot like the iosis MAX concept. You sure that isn't just a new S-MAX? Or is it the fact that the one pictured here is a hatchback? I hope the next Focus isn't hatchback only...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,674 Posts
Have a look on this link at slide 18, there is a pic of a the end rear quarter of a car which I think is the next Focus,
http://tiny.cc/RuwZi

Comments??
The more I study this picture in the above link I posted, I'm thinking this is the next C-Max concept, as there are no rear door handles (sliding doors) for the 3 row (7 paxs), and also it is quite tall, much taller then the Focus.

The shoulder line is identical to the Iosis Max, but the rear lights look like production, the rear door seam is quite different from the Iosis Max, and rear window line in the C-pillar is different as well.

good shot of the rear quaters of the Iosis Max for comparing to my 1st link
http://tiny.cc/PW1DO
 

·
Mercury C557
Joined
·
22,734 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Kudos for posting both the .pdf And the comparison pic, MKII :)

maybe it could be a pre-production/near-production version of the next C-Max?
either for a Fall'09 autoshow
or just in-studio as part of the finalization process?

As a friend & I have discussed (he disagrees),
covering the market with the fewest body-styles/models possible is a way to maximize profits...
...but deciding how many = 'fewest' isn't easy.

Am I right that on the current C1 platform, Ford builds
- CoupeCabrio/hard'vert
- 3 & 5 door hatches
- 4 door sedan (China for sure, Europe?)
- 5 door wagon
- C-Max
- Kuga
Any others?

Also I wonder if they'll make
- a "Box" model? (synUS vs Cube Soul xB Element...)
- the Reflex or similar Sport model
then again, Volvo & Mazda seem to have some larger models (C70, Mz5, CX-7) that are partially C1;
& Imho, we could use cars between the current U.S.Focus & Fusion sizes
( OR Merc could! )
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top