Despite the fact that many customers are choosing crossovers more than other types of vehicles, Ford continues to offer its compact car, the Focus, for the 2019 model year. The newest model comes packed with technology, new interior and exterior design, and better materials. Ford had just revealed the Euro spec version in Germany, while the US spec will follow in the second half of 2019.
The 2019 Ford Focus will be making use of Ford’s new C2 platform, meaning that aerodynamics, crash performance and interior space will all be improved. Its wheelbase has also grown by 53 millimeters, increasing the cabin space, but keeping the front and rear overhangs short.
The new Ford Focus doesn’t just boast good looks and a sleeker body as aerodynamics has also been improved and Ford has managed to lower the drag coefficient to 0.250 for the sedan and 0.273 for the hatchback. The Ford Focus has also lost a lot of weight, down to 194 pounds (88 kilograms), cutting down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 10 percent.
Aside from that, it also comes with features like adaptive cruise control with stop & go, speed sign recognition, and lane centering to make the vehicles maintain a comfortable driving distance. The new Focus also gets Ford’s adaptive front lighting system with predictive curve light and sign based lighting, which adjusts the car’s lights before reaching a curve, junction, or roundabout. There is also a forward facing camera that monitors lane markings up to 214 feet (65 meters) that drivers can rely on.
A new head up display had been added, featuring things like active park assist, park out assist, pre collision pedestrian and cyclist detection. Other safety features include blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, post crash braking assist, wrong way alert, and many others.
It also features FordPass Connect, which is when you use your smartphone to control your vehicle’s functions. These covers anything from locating the car to checking vehicle status like oil life, fuel levels, locking and unlocking the door, etc.
Customers can get the Focus in two gasoline engines, providing several different power outputs. The smaller engine is a 1.0 liter EcoBoost with 84 horsepower, 99 horsepower and 123 horsepower. And the beefier one would be a 1.5 liter EcoBoost that makes 148 and 180 horsepower. It is then available in a six speed manual or an eight speed automatic.
Diesel options are also available in 1.5-liter engine with 94 or 118 horsepower, and a 2.0 liter engine with 148 horsepower that also uses steel pistons.
In Europe, the Focus will be available in a sedan, wagon, hatch, Focus Active crossover and upscale Focus Vignale. And in the US, they will get a sedan and a hatch along with the future ST and RS.