• Mar 1, 2010
Next-gen Ford Focus – Click above for high-res image gallery

It may not be an earth-shattering revelation or anything – Ford's own Jost Capito said about as much a couple weeks back – but Ford has reportedly confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that it is merging its European and American high-performance divisions into one unit. First up on The Blue Oval's hi-po radar will be a hotted-up version of the new next-gen Focus.

Will the car carry an ST, RS or SVT badge? That we don't yet know. Nor do we know what engine will be powering the hot hatch, though our best guess (which goes along nicely with rumormill fodder) would be a four-cylinder EcoBoost. Perhaps Ford will find a few more ponies lurking within in its new 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected mill. We'd also gladly take the
Powershift six-speed dual clutch gearbox.

All-wheel or front-wheel drive? Dunno. Hatchback bodyshell? Probably, and we hope so. Sale date? No clue, but certainly not before 2011 hits and probably well into the year. Price? We'll see. Clearly, there are way more questions than answers at this point, but you can consider our interest officially piqued by the notion of a return to real performance from Ford's neglected (in the U.S. at least) Focus platform.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Fiesta! Fiesta!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, its a Focus ;)

        But, come to think of it, I could go for a fast Fiesta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is it that every post I see on this topic tends to assume there'll just be one hi-po Focus?

      At least in Europe, the outgoing generation has two - the ST and the oh-my-god-want RS.

      Come to think of it, a lot of cars have two performance models over and above the base model. Subaru has the Impreza, WRX and STI. VW has the GTI and R. Audi has S and RS. MINI has S and JCW.

      I'd be shocked if Ford didn't do something similar, and give us a turbo'd Focus ST with 200-ish horsepower, then a firebreathing SVT/RS/whatever they decide to call it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because, we're not lucky enough to get to two hot Focii; we're not lucky enough to get one. At this point, it looks like Ford would die if they produced a performance oriented car that wasn't Mustang based.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like the idea of two performance models, but I'd rather see them be a Fiesta ST/RS/SVT/Whatever and a Focus ST/RS/SVT/Whatever instead of two Focii. A low-end performance model Focus would kill sales of a Fiesta-based performance model here in the states.

        A performance model of both cars would encourage speed shops/ Ford Performance to develop for both models, creating more interest and a larger fan base for each.

        Plus, variety is the spice of life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This can't come soon enough, current Focus is arguably the ugliest looking car in USA but it is not nearly as ugly and cheap as is interior in that very same car. That interior is criminal. Gray, cheap, ugly, dirty ewwwww.

      I look at this new Focus and i think it will sell based on looks alone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current Focus just reminds me way too much of my old Tempo. Loved that car but the 80's design needs to stay there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        All the cars you have listed are not good looking, Focus is down right ugly. In my opinion.

        Also, my biggest beef is by far with the interior. You have to go to the dealership and seat in one to know what i am talking about. It is truly something else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The ugliest looking car in the United States."

        Wow, that is a pretty bold statement. By saying this, you are saying that the current Aveo is good looking. This is also saying that the current Venza is good looking. How about that fabulous looking Corolla?? Especially the ones with the tacked on body kit, that the performance can't pay the bill on?? Yeppers, that Versa is one good looking car. The Honda Crosstour.............. gorgeous. How about that stylish and sophisticated Sebring, that is so bad, that Chrysler is actually thinking of changing the name of.

        However, of course you are right. The unassuming Focus is the ugliest car, inside and out, in the US. (yes, this, and the above paragraph, are sarcasm)
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree, the current focus is embarrassingly ugly, the looks alone guaranteed that i would never even test drive one even though its specs put it smack dab in the middle of my price range

        really just a terrible design
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this, I wish the focus would come out, like now. But seems that ain't happening, but they should definatley make it awd, not fwd because I hear it's got a ton of torque steer, even with the electronic diff... Heard it from TopGear
      • 4 Years Ago
      i obsess over cars so autoblog doesn't have too
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully sooner rather than later, I would love to garage my 04 SVT Focus and get a new one for daily driving... I haven't found a car that is as much fun, as cheap to maintain, insure and operate as my SVT Focus is... Besides I can only hold off going for forced induction for so long.. I would rather have it with a new factory warranty! (on a daily driver.)

      Ford, you have a hit with the new focus, now make it a homerun with an ecoboost model!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who wants a 3 door?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not feeling the 5dr though. Just looks like a crossover wagon
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mazdaspeed3 and Civic Si better watch out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want the 5dr in dark red please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford Focus STSVTRT SE with EB (EcoBoost)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news! But ...

      "We'd also gladly take the Powershift six-speed dual clutch gearbox"

      I'm not with you on this one. If it's an option, that's fine. If it's the only option then we have a problem :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      cheers again to the marketing and development geniuses at ford who realized that americans should get a focus that doesn't look like an ugly pos.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And cheers to ole Alan Mulally who knows how to turn a car company around and give the people what they want.
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