• Feb 8th 2009 at 3:07PM
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Having driven the current European Focus in sporty ST trim and with the even hotter RS version rolling off the assembly line, we can tell you that our friends across the Atlantic have one fine-handling hatchback on their hands. And for the next generation, Ford is planning to give the Focus the styling and rakish profile its chassis deserves.
The next Focus, which we hope will replace the American version as well, will spawn several body-styles. First up to bat will be the C-Max minivan, but while the standard five-door will continue as the mainstay model, a new coupe variant is also in the works. Following the lead of Volkswagen, whose Scirocco cuts a sleeker profile than the Golf/Rabbit on which it's based, and Renault, whose new Megane looks startlingly different in coupe and five-door guises, the Focus coupe will feature a sportier shape while retaining usability. You can bet the design for the new Focus range will follow the cues set down by the Fiesta (which we also drove in Europe), with the coupe adopting more pronounced wheel arches, a higher beltline, angled C-pillars, a sloping tail and sporty aero bits. Inside, the cabin will benefit from a complete redesign, with a central controller that we hope works better than BMW's iDrive. Bank on a lineup of gasoline and diesel engines ranging from 89 horsepower all the way up to 197 ponies. The next-generation ST and RS should up the ante even further. Expect to see the Focus coupe debut later next year, with other variants to follow. We hope and pray Dearborn follows the One Ford plan and brings its best hatchbacks home. Thanks for the tip, Colin!

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      • 6 Years Ago

      1. What in God's good name are you smoking?
      2. How is the American Focus better?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm kind of impressed. At the very least that back quarter shot is pretty decent.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not convinced North Americans have an appetite for American badged good small cars. People who buy small cars go for Japanese/Korean and those who buy domestic brands don't always pick small vehicles.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I have similar apprehension.
        Ofcourse I hope we both are wrong. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I normally fit what you described, but if Ford offered a vehicle like this here I would gladly support my country's auto makers and purchase one. The reason that the small car segment in America usually leans more towards the Asian auto makers is simply because their cars have been better, for the most part. If we had slick little Euro-cars like this here, more people would buy them. Especially given the praise the Euro focus gets. I'd pick this car up in a heartbeat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't understand what you are saying I remember that the first ford focus was a success in the USA market a few years ago when in came out as a hatch. And Just like the Ford Taurus the car lost style and appeal somewhere in the process. I just hope that just like the upcoming Taurus, the new focus brings a design and is style that is welcome by the American Buyer. I like what Ford is bringing to the Market, and I am sure the focus replacing would be one to be proud of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did anyone else look at the photo and immediately think of the Impreza?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have to agree with Cellien. I don't see any similarity other than the color blue that's on the Impreza!

        It looks like a Mondeo-Focus to me!

        I looked hard too! Things that didn't match!

        Car shape
        Lights (all)
        Complete Facia

        I tried I just don't see it at all!

        Nice Ford Focus though! WOW I wouldn't mind driving that!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes. Even before I saw full-on pictures (as in, when I first saw the cropped picture on the main post (on Autoblog)), the Impreza came immediately to mind.
        Looking at it full-on, I see a lot of Honda Accord Coupe in the side profile too. Yeech. It's a pretty bad combination behind the front. It certainly doesn't look as good as either the current Focus (European) or Scirocco.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the real thing looks anything like that, bring it here to the US and I'll buy it.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "The next Focus, which we hope will replace the American version as well"

      It had better damn well replace the American version, or else most of the support Ford's gotten from the American people is going to evaporate faster than hope for Tesla's vaporware.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe that Alan said it is one of the cars, like Fiesta, making a transfer over Stateside.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cool. VW will finally get some competition in the American premium small car market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks a little like Audi's A1 concept from this angle
      • 6 Years Ago
      oh nice another cool ford that we wont get here in the US. until then check out my video for the fiesta movement.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford had better act fast and bring us some real cars. The american Focus is a total POS!!! You could not give the American Focus to me.
      I think Sea Urchin is smokin' something funny!! Ford's american cars SUCK!!!
      • 6 Years Ago

      They *might* bring new Focus "as is" from Europe, but I'm still afraid they'll go VW Rabbit route and put ONE engine "choice" in it and none of those will be what they get in Europe.

      If they want to prove that Americans don't want cars like Focus, multiple body choices and 5 engine choices are a must - like they have in Europe. Only if they can't sell it with so many choices, then I'll concede that US market can't care less for small hatchbacks.

      There is one problem with that, though ... how are they going to explain to American consumer afterwards why there are no body/engine choices on the rest of the lineup? Fusion, for example. It will be very hard to market 1 body/2 engines as a "choice" once there are 4 body/5 engine CHOICES for a Focus (3d hatch,5 door hatch, SW, coupe).
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a frickin Fiesta with a nose job.
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