You've seen the all-new Focus hatchback... now, meet the new saloon, too! Ford is promising that the next Focus family will be bigger than ever – and to prove it, the wraps were also pulled off the four-door version at the Detroit Motor Show this week.
The same range of frugal engines will be offered as in the hatchback – including 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol EcoBoost units, and new 2.0-litre TDCi diesels.
The saloon’s nose and headlights are identical, but the rear deck is elongated to incorporate the conventional boot. In addition, this model features unique tail-lamps.
Also different are the back windows – they have a softer, tapering outline than the hatchback’s. In our eyes, that gives the saloon a more upmarket look to the five-door’s sporty appearance, and proves just how versatile the various design details of both new models will be.
At an exclusive preview, Gunnar Herrmann, in charge of the Focus project, told Auto Express: “We know this is the right car for the world, and we know its technology and quality are in a class of their own. From this same platform, we want to build 10 different cars, with a sales target of two million vehicles.
“We have already seen the new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX people carriers, and the Focus hatchback and saloon are the next stages in the plan.” As Auto Express revealed in Issue 1,092, these four models will be joined by a stylish new three-door variant of the Focus, as well as a hugely versatile estate,a coupé-cabriolet and a coupé version of the Kuga SUV.
Ford bosses would not be drawn on whether there would be a replacement for the firebreathing Focus RS. But they admitted that an electric version – building on the technology found in the Focus BEV concept, driven in Issue 1,096 – would hit the road as early as 2012.
Ford chief John Fleming told Auto Express: “The saloon and hatchback take the Focus in a new and exciting direction.”