October 31, 2018
The Ford Focus has always been a popular Ford ride, and the Hatchback ST can almost qualify as a “hot hatch.” But 2019 brings a brand new design, packed with great features that make it an even better value than the Focus of previous years. Ford hasn’t made any official announcements on specs, but we have enough reliable information we wanted to share with our Woodland and Sacramento area customers.
The Focus is a hot seller globally and just what iteration shows up in California isn’t sure yet. But we do know that it will be built on a new platform and it will have an interesting choice of engines under the hood.
What’s New for the 2019 Ford Focus
The Focus will get the latest version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system which accommodates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Tech and connectivity upgrades include an 8.0” touchscreen, an available heads up system, and a Wi-Fi hotspot that will support up to 10 separate devices. Tired of challenging parallel parking? The Focus will come with a truly automatic self-parking system that controls acceleration, braking, steering, and gear selection.
Under the hood expect to see the EcoBoost 1.0L turbocharged three cylinder I-3 that kicks out 123 hp and 148lb-ft of torque as the standard powerplant with the turbocharged, 178 hp 1.5L 4-cylinder as an option. A six-speed automatic will come standard but there will be a new eight-speed available as well.
And then there’s the safety package. The Focus is crammed with driver assist technology starting with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 system which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, a lane keeping system, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. Nighttime driving becomes a tad easier with steering-responsive headlights that light up the road on twisty lanes or when making a turn. Adaptive cruise control may be another feature offered as an option.
We said it was redesigned and part of that design change provides for a larger interior and cargo capacity thanks to a longer wheelbase. The three people in the backseat of this 5 passenger ride will now how more shoulder and leg room than previously provided.
“One Ford Strategy” Goes Head to Head with Tariff Policy
Ford, like all the major manufacturers, views the automotive industry as a global market. They sell to the world and their vehicles are built in countries across the market. The Focus for example, will not be built in the U.S. The 2019 Focus destined to the American market had been planned to be built exclusively in plants in China and Germany. The China plant has now been dropped off as a production source because U.S. tariffs make the car too expensive to compete.
Worse than the finished product tariffs is the tariffs on steel and aluminum which Ford says has cost them over $1 billion already. With a little luck, these policies will be resolved like the new agreement on automotive production and importation with Canada and Mexico.
Regardless of your opinion on national trade policy, we’re confident you’re going to love the Team Ford trade policy and we encourage you to check out our online inventory now to find the hottest deals on new and used Fords. Do it now. You’ll be happy you did.
Come out and see us for a test drive today.