Ford Focus Gets Wider and Longer

The next Ford Focus won’t be available for purchase by consumers in West Valley City, Utah until 2018, but the car is already making an appearance in the media. Several sources have captured pictures of the new model and speculate the vehicle is getting wider and longer.

Top Speed — an online source for vehicle reviews and news — says “The Ford Focus was first launched in the European marking in 1998 but came to North America for the 2000 model year as a replacement for the Ford Escort.”

Since its debut the vehicle has been a big hit. Top Speed says the first generation model won over 60 awards and was on Car and Driver’s Ten Best List. The car got a refresh in 2015 and the 2018 model — so far — appears to stick with this design.

Despite the fact that consumers in Utah and nationwide won’t be able to view the official 2018 Ford Focus for quite some time — the concept model was recently seen on a test drive. Top Speed says, the vehicle appears to be on a wider track than the current model.

The website speculates that the body was welded together for the test model and will be changed before production. “This body is likely a decoy used to test new underpinnings or a new chassis design [allowing the automaker to] test new mechanicals without releasing even a hint of changes to the body of the next-gen Focus.”

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) says, “In the competitive field of compact cars, Ford’s 2016 Focus sedan and hatchback remain remarkably competitive, offering a wide assortment of trims, powertrains and price ranges.”

The current model boasts impressive styling, a high tech interior and competitive pricing, says KBB. The new model will undoubtedly include upgraded tech, safety and driving features that make it competitive in future markets as well.

Even if most of what we know about the new model is speculation for now — consumers in Utah and nationwide have something to look forward to for 2018.

Nicole Donaldson is an automative writer for Fusion 360, an SEO and content marketing agency. Information provided by Henry Day Ford. Follow on Twitter.

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