The new 2018 Ford Focus – expected to debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March – is spotted undisguised on a film location in Portugal.
There was a time when the Ford Focus was one of Ford’s ‘big guns’ – especially in Europe – but with car buyers’ hearts moving in to SUVs and Crossovers the Focus has rather lost its grip on a fickle car buying public.
But Ford aren’t about to give up on the Focus, and a new Focus is expected to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month before going on sale soon after.
But the new Ford Focus has already been outed on a film location in Portugal by a reader of Hungarian website Vezess, who managed to grab a shot of what looks like a new Focus ST Line before he was chased off by the film crew.
Looking a lot like a bigger, stretched Fiesta (and not dissimilar to the new Kia Ceed), the new Focus will come as a five-door only, lose a bit of weight, have a bit more room inside, more technology and be underpinned by Ford’s global C Platform.
Engines are still likely to be Ford’s cracking 1.0 litre Ecoboost petrol in various states of tune, a 1.5 and 2.0 litre petrol and variations of the 1.5 litre TDCi.
There will almost certainly be a Focus Active Crossover to try and tap in to the love for crossovers, ST Line, ST and Vignale versions and, it seems likely, a new Focus RS in time too.
To cut costs, Ford are planning to build the majority of the new Focus in China, although it does seem likely some production will remain in Europe.
Expect more details before the Geneva Motor Show kicks off next month.