• Oct 2nd 2006 at 1:00PM
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No, these aren't shots of Focus test mules running on the C1 platform that underpins the European Focus; we're still a long ways off from a true next-generation Focus. However, these shots do show the heavily refreshened Focus that will arrive for 2008 and guess what... there'll be a coupe version! While both the front and rear of the coupe and sedan are heavily covered, we know the front covering is hiding a Fusion-inspired three-bar grille. The side panels of each car, however, are clearly visible and reveal a pair of sharp character lines that originate behind the front wheels. Perhaps some sort of small vent is hiding under there, or else the lines come straight off those fender flares for which the Focus has become quite well known.
The Car Connection is comparing the coupe to the late Escort ZX2 model, though it appears to be a much more substantial vehicle with an extended roofline that allows for a useable back seat.

Whether or not this substantially upgraded Focus can carry Ford's small car line on its own shoulder until a B-segment vehicle arrives remains to be seen, as consumers in the U.S. continue their growing fascination with small, efficient transportation.

Thanks to Jay for the tip!

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Aw, they moved the antena to the back of the roof.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You just have to cross the border, the euro Focus is on sale (later this month) in Mexico.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tracy Mcneil aka LMdealer
      • 8 Years Ago
      The 2008 Focus could be a hit if it is done right. The wheels and profile of the vehicle do provide a boring look at this stage. Beef it up...make it look tough...give it identity. Daimler-Chrysler brought out a Caliber that has appealed to consumers in more than one continent and that is because of the bold look. A Caliber is definitely not bland and has a one of a kind look. That is where Ford needs to go. Ford talks about being "Bold" and now is the time to prove it with the 2008 Ford Focus.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #31...stupid me! I totally forgot that the test mules I have seen only had two bars. Thanks for the correction!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nope... it's some crappy version for the U.S. I really think that Ford of America is intentionally designing boring cars to appeal to the whitest of all white-bread American consumers. People who wear button-downs and khakis at home even when they aren't entertaining guests. Or who's idea of exotic cuisine is the Chinese buffet. It's the only way I can think of that explains the milquetoast design and the fact that they seem so out of touch with reality and where the rest of the industry is headed. I do like the Fusion, but the rest of their lineup is so awful that I would hesitate to buy one out of sheer guilt by association.

      And, speaking of which, Ford's idea of Bold Moves is to introduce a crossover? Really? The CUV? Is that it?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "This looks to me like the refresh that should have been for 2005 - Ford could have got away with it then.....but hey, they are getting better, this will be only 8 years for new sheetmetal instead of 10!"

      -Reducing turnaround time in new designs just as you stated by 20% is no minor thing. Ford has even hinted that we will get totally all new Focus in 2010, now that is fast!!!

      "36. 3 door Coupe styled HATCHES... like the Scion tC, THAT's a good coupe styled small car! a Coupe(trunk) to me is as useless as a sedan.

      Posted at 4:53PM on Oct 2nd 2006 by I don'tlikedis 0 stars"

      -Yes, coupe styled hatches are very versatile, however by offering a coupe it helps reach out to the people that associate hatchbacks with bottom of the barrel rides. As the clear majority of Americans still think this way, good move!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've gotta reinforce what has been said, the escort sucked. I think I spent about 3x the amount of money on parts than when I bought my 89 escort to begin with.

      Call me crazy but I like it. It might be the camo, but it looks slimmer than the current focus and not quite so fat and chubby. It's not perfect but I like the lines on the coupe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "21. I owned one of those mid-80 Escort wagons. It was the biggest POS I've ever owned. My wife affectionately called it the "Penalty Box" and the "Road Apple." My current Focus is the second biggest POS I've owned. My license plate reads "NO2 BOX"."

      -It was such a bad car you just had to keep buying from the same maker?

      "I also can't believe someone used the word "reliable" and "escort" in the same paragraph. MUST be a typo !!!"

      -The escort was a VERY reliable machine, does anyone have any data to prove another compact car was more reliable in 1980's?

      -Just by looking around you see ALOT more early late 80's/ early 90's Ford Escorts than you do than ANY other compact car from that same time era.

      "21. I owned one of those mid-80 Escort wagons. It was the biggest POS I've ever owned. My wife affectionately called it the "Penalty Box" and the "Road Apple."

      Well "D-Dog", in what year did you purchase this Escort? I'm just trying to figure out if your relaibility was off such as it already being 10 years old with 300k miles on it or if you purchased it new. And if new what types of warranty repairs were done on the car?

      The Escort set the bar in domestic automotive reliability. Consumer reports still recommends the Escort as a great used car even long after it has been discontinued. Hopefully the Ford Focus redesign will capture enough sales for Ford to where they will once again be able to hold the #1 selling compact car status such as the Escort did no so long ago.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They MUST keep at least one hatchback variant or the Focus is dead to me! (Some may say it died a few years back, but I like my '06 ZX3 because it really was the most car for the least money at the time) Satellite radio and rear headrests are long over due on this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i dont think you guys are giving Focus enough credit ... the Focus is one of the better handling small cars outhere minus of course the Mazda 3 which is a better Focus ... the new Civic looks nice n rich but the nose is ugly (most Hondas right now are getting ugly too) then u got the boring Corolla .. so boring driving n design wise but u guys dont say anything abt it . is it because its Toyota and in your mind they dont make bad cars? Quality realibility yes and i think u should say that rather criticize the focus where it actually stands out ..btw my brother owned a 94 Escort n he never ever had any problem with the car then my sister baught a Toyota Camry she took the car to the repairshop almost every three months. Point is sometimes u get a really reliable car and sometimes you dont .. tough deal with it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #40 - I have driven both, and there is no handling measure by which a Focus exceeds a Civic. The Focus handles well, but exhibits more understeer and has far less precise steering IMO.
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