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Next Ford Focus starts shedding its camouflage


With its long awaited reveal getting closer, Britain's Auto Express has published new images of the fourth Ford Focus undergoing testing in the United States.

As with the last sighting some three months ago, the latest snaps sees the Focus still wearing large amounts of disguise and pre-production camouflage at the front, while the rear facia is a tad clearer with the lights taking hints from the new Fiesta.

The same applies to the interior where the old smartphone dashboard makes way for a Fiesta derived design, highlighted by a new freestanding infotainment display, U-shaped air vents and a new HVAC panel. Expect head and leg room to be an improvement over the current model thanks to an increase in wheelbase and height.

Motivation is likely to come from a range of reworked three and four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engines, as well as a 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre TDCI turbodiesel in various states of tune. Some market will also receive a normally aspirated petrol, a plug-in hybrid and full-electric option, while the performance ST will eschew the 2.0-litre turbo mill for a 1.5-litre unit rumoured to produce 206 kW.

European markets will also get the sporty ST-Line and luxury Vignale trim levels, as well as the off-road inspired Active based on the estate model.



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