Ford closed the door on building cars for the US market, focusing instead on crossovers, SUVs and trucks. In America, that meant abandoning the Ford Focus. He lives elsewhere in the world, and it’s due for a design update. Our first look at the facelift model arrived earlier this year, with the Focus Active wearing a tiny amount of camouflage. A new batch of photos shows the Focus teasing in the summer sun.
The last time we saw the Focus, it was testing in cold weather in Sweden. The new photos show the tailgate continuing to camouflage over the hood and tailgate. This mid-cycle refresh means Ford won’t change the design of the model much. Instead, the Focus will get a handful of styling changes. We expect the updated model to get reworked headlights, a modified bumper with redesigned air intakes, a new daytime running light design and a modified grille.
The rear will have even fewer changes, although they mimic the front – new lighting elements. Like the headlights, the taillights look slimmer than before, which sits above a very familiar looking rear bumper. Inside, Ford is expected to update the infotainment system with a larger screen, perhaps measuring up to 10 inches. It might also get the latest SYNC 4 software. Software updates are starting to become as important an update as the exterior design refresh.
Ford is unlikely to consider significant powertrain modifications, so current modifications are expected to remain largely unchanged. Ford hasn’t given any indication when we’ll see the debut of the updated Focus. We last saw a prototype in March, and even then it looked production ready. He always seems ready now. However, there are rumors that Ford will stage a reveal near the end of 2021, with others suggesting it could be early 2022 before Ford picks up the slack.