Ford has been spotted testing the next-generation Focus hatchback in Europe. The redesigned Focus is expected to come out late next year as a 2019 model.
Spy photos of a camouflaged Focus show it may be longer and wider than the current model, and could feature a larger back-end. Photos also show a larger front fender, and what appears to be a redesigned grille, similar to the recently freshened Fusion.
It’s unclear what powertrains the redesigned Focus will feature, but reports say it could include a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder in Europe, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 2.3-liter four-cylinder. The compact car could also include an eight-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission.
Ford declined to comment on plans for the next Focus.
The Focus has not been redesigned since the third generation of the small car debuted for the 2011 model year.
Ford builds the Focus at its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., but is shifting production to a factory in Hermosillo, Mexico, in 2018. The small car was slated to be built at a new plant in San Luis Potosi until Ford scrapped those plans late last year.