Not dissimilar to previous sightings with the British registered prototype still carrying heavy amounts of camouflage, the final production variant is expected to feature styling derived from the new Fiesta, with the only hints of this so far being a thinner grille and prominent headlights.
The interior meanwhile also mirrors that of its smaller sibling with the old smartphone inspired dash making way for more modern layout, highlighted by a new freestanding touchscreen display, new HVAC switches and U-shaped air vents.
Changes underneath the skin are likely to be made up of a slightly longer wheelbase, updated suspension and steering, as well as the use of high-tensile steel to cut down on weight, while engines are likely to include fettled versions of the multi-award 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder, the bigger 1.5 EcoBoost four-cylinder, a new normally aspirated three cylinder petrol, and a 1.5 TDCI in various states of tune with a 2.0 TDCI capping the range off.
Certain market will also receive a hybrid and full-electric model, while the ST could follow the Fiesta in downsizing from the current 2.0-litre turbocharged engine to a more powerful version of the above mentioned 1.5 EcoBoost, rumoured to produce 206 kW as opposed to the current 184 kW.
In addition, trim levels will include the luxury Vignale and semi-sport ST-Line as well as the off-road-inspired Active, though this version, rumoured to go on sale with front and four-wheel drive, will remain forbidden fruit for South Africans as it will utilise the Focus estate as a base.
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