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New Ford Focus snapped hiding under psychedelic disguise


The fourth generation Ford Focus has been captured again ahead of world's debut next year, albeit this time without the black-and-white masking and pre-production panels seen until now.

Wearing an almost psychedelic finish with very little disguise, and sporting the #TimeToFocus social media campaign hashtag, the snaps, posted by Britain's Auto Express, provides the clearest glimpse yet of the front and rear ends, both derived from the new Fiesta.

Aside from the Aston Martin-like grille, the front facia adopts a sharper look with a tapering bonnet, thinner lower air intake, redesigned foglights and headlights seemingly taken from the Aston Martin Rapide. While the side profile is unmistakeably still Focus, the rear features Fiesta lights and an expansive integrated boot spoiler. As per previous reports, the interior will also be heavily influenced by that of the Fiesta.

While the new Focus is expected to retain its predecessor's underpinnings, the publication claims it will get a revised steering setup together with updated suspension, a longer wheelbase and greater use of lightweight, high-tensile steel to cut back on weight.

Like the Fiesta, European spec Focus' will feature a wide-range of trim levels including the luxury Vignale and sporty ST-Line, as well as an off-road inspired estate based Active model reported to offer all-wheel drive as an option.

Up front, petrol power will likely come from reworked 1.0 and 1.5-litre EcoBoost mills in various states of tune, while existing versions of the 1.5 and 2.0-litre TDCI units will cater for buyers seeking diesel power. A plug-in hybrid and full electric model will also become available in selected markets, with the ST expected to drop the long serving 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine for a 206 kW version of the 1.5.

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