The next-generation Ford Focus is slated to grow in size, according to Automotive News. The expanded Focus will launch with a new design theme when it comes to market in 2019.
We already know the new Focus will be imported to the U.S. from China, likely in both sedan and five-door hatchback variations. Both variants are expected to have a new design theme with a new variant of Ford’s trapezoidal grille upfront and greater use of aluminum in the body.
The weight-savings from the added aluminum is expected to yield a downsizing in the engine department. Rumors suggest a variant of Ford’s three-cylinder engine will serve as the base engine, likely mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission to replace today’s problematic PowerShift unit.