Renewed Focus: Ford reveals fourth-generation, made-in-China compact

2019 Ford Focus Final Teaser Released Ahead Of Today's Premiere

The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever

In a statement describing the new Focus line-up, Ford doesn't point out, however, that production will be moving out of the U.S.to a factory in China. Slotted for USA arrival in 2019, the Focus will use the first of five flexible architectures that will underpin every future Ford.

Like the Fiesta, the Focus will come with an Active crossover body option, although that will be on offer at a later date. There's also the more upmarket Focus Vignale variant with premium materials. It comes laden with standard equipment and a range of colours exclusive to the model.

Despite the new model undercutting the outgoing vehicle by £2,300 it's packed with latest gadgets. That suite includes: adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and speed sign recognition, lane-centering assist, adaptive front lighting, Active Park Assist and Evasive Steering Assist. The list could go on... There's also driving modes selector complete with Sport mode.

Also debuting on the 2019 Ford Focus is the new C2 platform, which will underpin a new look that seemingly combines various elements of its competitors including the Peugeot 308 and Mazda 3. It's said to be one of the largest displays available, and one of the brightest, too.

Ford offers a wide variety of engines with Focus which starts with 1.0 L EcoBoost engine producing 84 hp, 99 hp and 123 hp, 1.5 L EcoBoost puts out 148 hp and 180 hp.

We'll have to wait to learn what will power the USA version of the Focus, but in Europe, Ford is adding two new options: a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas engine and a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel. The engines will range from outputs of 84bhp to 180bhp. The diesel engines include 1.5 L EcoBlue engine producing 94 hp and 118 hp and 2.0 EcoBlue engine puts out 148 hp of power and 370 nm of torque.

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Ford has created some pretty interesting cars over the years but none of them stand out as much as the Ford Focus.

The "connected car" isn't just a buzzword any more, and drivers are expecting more from their dashboards than an FM radio and Bluetooth. Other markets do, however, get the option of a saloon.

Australian pricing and specifications are still to be revealed, however Ford has announced autonomous emergency braking with night time pedestrian and cyclist detection as standard. Each grade boasts a slightly different appearance and equipment levels.

On the road, Ford claim it'll be better than ever thanks to a new independent rear suspension with continuously controlled damping. The 2020 model will have an all-new suspension design and a stiffer chassis, along with a reworked steering system, in the interest of making the vehicle more fun to drive.

What this essentially means is connectivity features. There'll be native music streaming, too, while the FordPass mobile app will allow remote access to locate the auto, check things like its fuel level and oil life, and unlock and start it from a smartphone.

On a wheelbase stretched by 53mm, rear knee room is now 50mm better and said to be the best in class, while shoulder room is also increased by nearly 60mm from the outgoing Focus. Range-topping Vignale models will start from £25,350 for the hatch and £26,550 for the estate.

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