• Mar 26, 2009
The next Ford Focus is being prepared in sedan and wagon formats, and the first mules have been caught. Judging from what we see here and what we've already heard, the coming Focus will take its design cues from the Iosis-Max concept shown at Geneva last month.
One thing we didn't see on the Iosis-Max, however, was the high-rise stance the Focus mule is sporting. We aren't sure why the mule has such elevated ground clearance, a state which seems to affect the sedan more than the wagon – perhaps there's some clandestine CUV testing or tuning going on?

Regardless, we can't wait to see the looks of the final car. And who knows... maybe even a Focus wagon will once again find its way over this way?

[Source: NextAutos]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Was there a car in that picture? I must have missed it.

      BO-RING!
        • 5 Years Ago
        God, it's a freaking mule!

        That means it has a new or redesigned chassis, covered by existing body panels to mask what is underneath.

        What the heck don't you people understand about this?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The rear kinda looks like the 2005 Civic coupe rear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad to hear that's not the final exterior styling, my stomach dropped when I saw the pictures. Looks like it was designed in detroit ;)

      My 2006 ZX3 Hatchback is an amazing car, but mostly because of Ford of Europe (Design, Suspension) and Mazda (Motor). It handles great, sounds great, rides quiet, 35mpg Highway, and looks cool with nice rims. It's way more fun to drive than my girlfriend's civic (but she gets better mpg!)

      Ford, please don't drop the ball on this! Give the U.S. a lightweight, ecoboost Focus hatchback, low cost, low frills and I'll buy one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes me wonder if this is just an elaborate disguise for a hybrid powertrain test, or some other secondary system. Seems like it would be possible to test handling with the car jacked up an extra foot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        possible->impossible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Cobalt SS may very well have the worst suspension of any sporty car I have ever driven. It handles a smooth corner extremely well, but even small bumps in a corner upset the car. To top it off, the car rides very poorly. Even the Mustang's LRA has the Cobalt SS's rear suspension beat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice very nice
      • 5 Years Ago
      People: the current sheetmetal is from the current European Focus sedan. It looks nice, but this is NOT the new sheetmetal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good, because this looks like the current dorkmobile that we're stuck with here in the States. Hell, even Mexico gets the better-looking one.

        First, Ford sent us the groundbreaking New Edge design in 1999. Then they followed up with the dorkmobile version. WTH were *they* thinking?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope.. just like they said, it's a mule. Mules typically don't where sheet metal that will be on the production version.

        But i'm excited for a new Focus. Hopefully Ford is working on getting the rumored he 2.0L Hybrid ready for production, and maybe even getting a 2.0L Duratec that gets 40 mpg standard. That would be huge for the Focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, this doesn't show anything about the next gen at all. The front end is just the current euro Focus, and it was stuck onto the roofline/doors of current US Focus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You might be right but I'm still enjoying the possibility of seeing a Focus wagon return to the states.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We need a new focus. Plz
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ed

        I hope that's correct because the above mule has zero flare! All it really needs is a less stodgy backend and a grill of some sort! So boring!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey I agree but the styling of that is just to blan for me! The original focus is still dear to my heart because it head a stealth paneling kinda thing going for it. Actually kinds like the Lambo Reventon does! It was sharp angled and just cool to look at! I'm a muscle car type / super exotic fan so anything without some level of intensity is always a little lacking to me but this is just to much blan! It's a mule though! I guess it's not really done!

        Also it looks a bit stodgy in the rear! The front is just boring all together! YOu know what? I'm a big Ford fan and I don't like the design of this car! TAKE THAT FORD! LOL But I still love Ford :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Randy

        The operative word is 'mules'. I sincerely doubt the next Focus will be this utilitarian.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SVT focus PLEASE?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't tell from the photos if this will have 4 wheel disc brakes or not. It's pathetic in the 21st century that the current Focus doesn't offer 4 wheel discs at any price. Likewise, I seriously hope they don't downgrade to a lame torsion beam suspension also. The independent suspension is the only few points the current Focus had going for it over much of the competition. Even the new Kia Forte' unfortunately gave up the independent suspension from the Spectra to go with a torsion beam. Come on manufacturer's, wise up. We want premium small cars, not cheap small cars!

      And all you Cobalt fan boys - I don't care about the lap times of your torsion beam'd Cobalt, I want real world comfort and ride quality, not lap times.



      • 5 Years Ago
      Other sites are reporting that the raised stance is because this mule is likely based off the Russian spec model. Roads in Russia, for lack of a better word, suck. Because Russian roads suck, the Russian spec cars require a more utilitarian ride height.
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