• May 11, 2010
2012 Ford Focus spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The all-new Ford Focus made a pretty big splash when it debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this past January. The new car, which will be offered in both sedan and hatchback flavors, rides on the automaker's new global C-car platform, and the version that America gets won't be noticeably different from the European model. A good thing, as we've been crying for Euro-tuned Foci for years, though it's safe to assume that the hot new Focus wagon won't be headed to our shores.

Nevertheless, our spies have spotted the 2012 Focus testing near Ford's proving grounds in Dearborn, Michigan, and good news – the fresh styling hasn't been dumbed down any from the original models that debuted in Detroit. Aside from more road-worthy wheels and tires, the only noticeable difference is a small spoiler on the sedan, which will more than likely be either an option or a trim level designation. If we're honest, we much prefer this car with a spoiler-less rear end, or maybe with a subtle lip spoiler at most. (Sidebar: If you squint your eyes, does anyone else see a bit of the Escort ZX2 echoed in the Focus sedan's rear shape?)

Don't expect to see the showroom-ready Focus for quite some time, though – its 2012 model year designation means that we have to wait until the new calendar year before seeing these little guys on the road. Click through the gallery below to see high-res shots of both the sedan and hatchback prototypes.




[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't like the taillights either....wish they had left them alone....the front I can live with...although the RS was MUCH better looking!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They better make a/retain the coupe. None of this hatchback crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sometimes I hate living in America, we get no 3-door love. All I want is a hot hatch, and the Focus could have been that...

      @Brian: Where's Honda's hot hatch? Oh yea, back in 1991 with the CRX Si ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        And there's no 3-door Mazda3, is there...
        • 4 Years Ago
        For some reason they believe it won't sell.. its rather sad really. Hatches sell nowadays. The Mazda 3 I only see the hatch.. I barely ever EVERY see the sedan version of it around my area in MA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ nardvark...I'm with you. I have no interest in a Fusion. Not because it's not a nice car, but I just prefer the driving dynamics of a compact, and the packaging of a 5-door. The only other thing I'm waiting for is the introduction of the 2.0 EcoBoost in an ST/SVT model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sedan looks japanese
      • 4 Years Ago
      the price for a focus in china is 20,000USD, what is the price in US?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Civic is coming and, as usual, it will blow the Focus, the Snooz--er, "Cruze" and all the other competition from Detroit right out of the water!

      This focus is as good as the CURRENT Civic, but as usual, they will be caught with their pants down with the new Civic.

      The Civic is and will remain the KING of compact cars!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't win an argument against a fanboy like Brian. You could sh** in a box and slap a Honda badge on it and Brian will not only buy it, but he'll be praising it for it's perfume.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Other than the fact that it's shaped like a door-stop and has an awe-inspring 1.8 litre engine, what exactly is so great about the current gen civic? In all honestly, its a decent car, but I am much more excited about the 2012 focus than the next gen civic. Besides, considering the crosstour and the CR-Z, i have a bad feeling about the styling and sportiness of any upcoming honda product.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Worlds of contradictions from "Brian the Honda Salesman". First he says that the new Focus will only be as good as the CURRENT Civic. Really? Kinda like the new Fiesta is only going to be as good as the current Fit? Oh wait, the Fiesta beats it in every category except maybe interior packaging.

        Then he says that the only car better than the Civic right now is the Mazda 3 but that Mazda is a "bit player". Hmmm, a bit player can beat the Civic? Are we only basing Civic's greatness on sales? And wait, the new Focus is built on the same platform as the 3 with a better interior, better features, and a better base engine, all from a company that is decidedly NOT a bit player and who is quietly slaughtering the initial and projected quality ratings from just about every source?

        Someone sounds a little scared. Did Brian make a poo poo?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think Honda's lack of an R&D budget is going to start hurting them. We've all seen how crappy their hybrid powertrain is relative to Toyota and Ford's, and now that Ford is actually applying some of its mammoth R&D resources to small cars in this country, Honda is going to have trouble maintaining ownership of this segment. The next Focus is supposed to hit 40mpg with 155hp. That blows the current Civic out of the water, so unless they've got something revolutionary planned, they're screwed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Civic has HONDA RELIABILITY and QUALITY, remember all the mountains of problems the first Focus had when t came here?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, the hideous Crosscrap is hardly flying off the shelves. It sold just under 2500 units in April, just about as much as the not so hot Buick Lucerne :) !! I saw one on the streep the other day (actually the only one I've seen so far in real life)... man, is that ugly or what!!! I'll give you that it probably doesn't beat the Aztek in ugliness, but it's pretty close!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Contradicted myself? I said they're selling so well that you can't find them on dealer's lots. That means they're FLYING off the lots faster than they can sell them.

        Perhaps you should work on your reading comprehension and logic skills, instead of engaging in childish responsers like "HAHAHAHAHA".

        Now, isn't it past your bed time? Your mom hasn't yelled down to the basement to go to bed yet, manchild?
        • 4 Years Ago
        All of the following are as good or better than the Civic: 3, Golf/Jetta, Corolla, Forte, Lancer, Impreza. After 4 years, the Civic is merely midpack.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's sure as hell better than a Focus or especially Cobalt, a bit better than a Corolla. What other car is better than it? Mazda 3 yeah , but Mazda is a it player.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Crosstour is a home run hit, it's selling in droves (can't even find one on dealer lots around here) despite all the Detroit fanboy bashing of it in a desperate, transparent attempt to try to saddle a transplant with an Aztek.

        Sorry, but nothing will ever be uglier and a bigger flop than the Pontiac Aztek.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda doesn't have to pimp its cars out for years, years, YEARS on end (looking at you especially, GM!) because everybody knows they will be excellent when they come out.

        They run on continuous improvement and competence, not media hype.

        Name ONE car right now that is better than the Civic with the possible exception of the Mazda 3?

        Which would YOU take--the Civic, or the current Focus? Lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the latest civic is . . . (sorry), pretty well the ugliest compact on the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The Crosstour is a home run hit, it's selling in droves (can't even find one on dealer lots around here) "

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... *breathes* HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        You just contradicted yourself.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We aren't talking about the CURRENT USDM Focus - everyone and their brother would admit that it's a pile.

        You are trying to proclaim that a car that is still many months away from release is going to magically be better than some other car that has yet to be released as well. You get that from your crystal ball or have you been reading tea leaves?

        Only a fool will BLINDLY say that one is going to blow another car away when NEITHER of them has even hit the streets yet. If you admit to being a fool or a fanboy (same thing), then fine, no problems, we'll just leave it at that.

        Also, since when are spyshots considered "pimping" out a car? Car makers usually do not want their cars getting caught on camera... thus the whole point of camo. Ford has said little about the next-gen Focus other than it is going to be a world-car (same as the EU). And why all of a sudden bring up GM, when this is a post about Ford and you're delusions about Honda? GM was never even mentioned at all until you brought them up for some unknown and unrelated reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While I think its a big step up from the current style I'm just really not feeling that partitioned air dam look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No wagon ..... NO sale. Likewise, no diesel .....NO sale. Tired of waiting on Ford to deliver up the goods.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, I see.

        You already have a rather distorted - and kind of disturbing - view of the world, so there's little point in pointing out again that BESIDES VW (which I mentioned before), there are no diesels sold in the US in small cars.

        There's a reason for it.
        Diesel fuel is not that much cheaper than gasoline. Diesel engines are expensive and heavy. Even after 100 years, their price premium is still there and not diminishing much farther versus a gasoline engine. Hybrids on the other hand in a rather short amount of time have rather dramatically reduced their price premium and continue to do so, while at the same time their benefits increase.

        Ford would be very smart to offer a system similar to the one in their award-winning Fusion Hybrid into the upcoming Focus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Chances are you weren't buying one anyway, so...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford offers diesel engines in all their European versions of the Fiesta and Focus. Most of the VW Jetta Stortswagens sold in the States this past year were diesels and they are selling at MSRP with no dealer incentives. VW will easily meet the federally mandated 2016 CAFE MPG standards without hybrids or full EVs. Planet Edsel on the other hand, along with Government Motors and Fiat (aka Chrysler) with all their touted hybrid technology will probably be begging the Feds to give them a reprieve which is par for the course from the Big Three.

        PS
        Remember you heard it here first. Even with huge taxpayer funded federal rebates, the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are going to about as popular as turds in a public swimming pool. There will be plenty of hype and some rich tree-huggers will style in them for a while. After that they'll be loss leaders until the next "great" thing comes out of Detroit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Besides VW, what other small car offers a diesel? (in the US at least)

        I see zero point in a small car diesel.
        Leave it to the trucks. Ford said that they will offer a hybrid or a full EV version of some of their upcoming small cars (Fiesta and/or Focus).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that sedan may be a mule for an EcoBoost version. It has some pretty beefy rubber and a lower, athletic stance. Hmmm......
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, an Ecoboost would most likely have a more aggressive rear fascia with exposed exhaust.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rear end is beautiful has that modern European flavor going on in there I would love this with a ecoboost 2.0l i4 and a new sportier more aggressive (and less vented) front bumper..
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