New 2019 Ford Focus: this is it!

New 2019 Ford Focus: this is it!

"We're more selectively competing in the vehicle business, so this Focus reveal is a big deal for us", Jim Farley, Ford's president of global markets, said in an interview. The Focus, one of Ford's most popular vehicles of all-time from a global standpoint, has received a full redesign and will be on sale in North American in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model.

This is the all new 2019 Ford Focus sedan, sporting a rather wild design with blue lights, a big shiny grille, and luxurious looking wheels.

Like its predecessor, the Ford Focus of new generation will be offered to customers in the hatchback, sedan and wagon.

The trim levels available on the new Focus, in ascending order of price, include Style, Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line, Titanium X, ST Line X and Vignale. The lighter 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre EcoBlue will use a torsion beam, which Ford would rather refer to as a twist-beam, but infused with Ford-patented force vectoring spring technology borrowed from the Fiesta ST. Ford did not provide specifics on the new Focus for the USA market such as which body styles, trims or powertrains would be offered here. It's worth noting that to begin with that at launch the new 1.5-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines are not available.

Ford's director of product communications, Jay Ward, tweeted on the launch of the new Focus this morning: "It's here!"

ST-Line X (£24,050): The ST-Line X adds 18in alloy wheels, red brake calipers and numerous luxury features found on the Titanium X model.

Ford also showed a revamped Escort model along with the Focus in China, betting that the sporty mid-sized vehicles will lure buyers away from Volkswagen AG's Passat and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Corolla.

The SUV segment of the market is really booming, and Ford expects that more than a third of new auto sales will SUV within the next couple of years.

Top end versions of the new Focus will also be able to handle the daily grind without the driver needing to touch the brake or accelerator pedals.

For more on the Ford Focus, read the in-depth reviews at The Car Connection.

Adaptive cruise control (ACC) enhanced with stop & go, speed sign recognition and lane-centring for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic.

Ford says the new chassis aims to provide an "energetic, engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience".

Engine options include Ford's award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol plus a new 1.5-litre petrol.

The newest Ford Focus, which was unveiled Tuesday, will be sold in the US later next year, a Ford official confirmed to The Car Connection. Prices for the hatch will start from £17,930 while the estate in Style trim will be priced from £19,050. The new Focus also debuts a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

And for the kids, or grown-up music fans, a new B&O PLAY sound system means music can be streamed via FordPass Connect or smartphone devices, through a 675 watt sound system.

To build on its well-established reputation for keen ride and handling, the car's torsional rigidity is improved by 20% compared with the previous generation Focus, and the stiffness of individual suspension attachment points is increased by up to 50%, reducing flex for better body control.