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Ford is gearing up to follow the new 2017 Fiesta with fresh take on its larger family hatchback – the Focus – and we’ve got new spy shots of the Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra rival undergoing testing before it hits showrooms in 2018.
Unlike the development mule wearing the current car’s bodywork spotted last year, this is our first look at the 2018 Ford Focus in its own skin.
Ford isn’t prepared to give spy photographers a truly revealing glimpse just yet. The car in our shots still wears a heavy disguise, but we expect the next 2018 Ford Focus to usher in an evolved design language, rather than an all-new look. At the front the same style grille remains, while the temporary taillight clusters at the back suggest the same horizontal theme as the new Fiesta is on the way.
The current third generation of the 2018 Ford Focus has faced ever-tougher competition during its lifetime – not just from the likes of its age-old rival, the Astra, which has shed weight to rediscover a handling sweetness it has lacked for years but also from the boom of ‘lifestyle’ vehicles, like baby SUVs and larger crossovers.
The Mk3 2018 Ford Focus moved away from the ultra-crisp handling of its predecessors because it was, at least in part, a global model designed and engineered as part of the ‘One Ford’ program, catering to all needs. The new model – previewed in our exclusive images – will be sold globally, too, but Ford appears to be prioritising European tastes in its development.
In a key move that shows the importance being placed on the new generation, Darren Palmer has been put in charge of the project. The Briton is rated highly within Ford for his work on the recently revealed Mk7 Fiesta and the cheaper, Indian-built Ka+ that sits just below it in the range.
Under the skin, the 2018 Ford Focus is likely to retain the existing version’s Global C-car platform. However, Palmer’s team will have been given a brief to make sure the set-up retains suspension comfort, while rediscovering more of the handling agility that made the Mk1 and Mk2 cars so popular.
Ford is likely to increase its wheelbase very slightly in a bid to improve interior packaging, especially for rear-seat occupants. As such, Palmer and his engineers will turn to elements like the power-steering set-up, the front suspension geometry and tricks like stiffer rear suspension bushes in a bid to increase handling verve. At the same time, expect greater use of high-tensile steel in the car’s construction, to help it lose a few kilos.
Significantly, the 2018 Ford Focus range will be split into the same ‘differentiators’ as the new Fiesta line-up. Cheaper editions could be dropped altogether – a reflection of the fact that the Fiesta range now extends to higher price points than before. The remaining models will include the sport-focused ST-Line and the more luxurious Vignale, which also brings perks on the customer service side.
There will also be an Active version of the car, giving Ford a competitor for the VW Golf Alltrack, and supplementing the EcoSport baby SUV and Kuga family SUV in the brand’s line-up. The 2018 Ford Focus Active will feature slightly raised ride height and additional body cladding, in the same fashion as the Fiesta.
Ford Europe boss Jim Farley told Auto Express: “The Fiesta is going to be step one, but I think we’ll continue to look at these [Active editions].” Unlike the Fiesta variant, the 2018 Ford Focus Active could be offered with four-wheel drive – although it will be front-wheel drive by default.