2019 ford focus global

Truth is, the news of an all-new Ford Focus won’t probably excite you, nor would it make you click the link. Ford Philippines has focused (pun intended) its efforts on the big three — the Ranger, Everest, and EcoSport — for the past year or two, which ultimately puts the compact car out of the limelight.

But I beg to differ; I personally dig how the Focus looks, and the fact that you’ve reached this point means that you’re also curious of what its latest iteration has to offer. Kudos to you.

Anyhow, just look at that fascia.

Ford said that the 2019 Focus signals the future of Ford vehicles, which is among the first to have the human-centered design. This means longer hood, cab-rearward and spacious interior,  and advanced aerodynamic design. For us, it means a great-looking car that we’re still a fan of.

The Focus is redesigned from ground up (but retained its size), and tailored to fit the needs of each regional market. In fact, the company spent hundreds of hours of talking to their customers and studying each market. With that, the all-new Focus will be available in three body types: four-door sedan, five-door wagon, and five-door hatchback.

The available variants are also diverse — from the sporty ST-Line to the adventure-focused Active to the full-option Titanium, the American brand aims to provide the best Focus for you.

What’s great about the Focus are the high-tech features that come with it. Locally, it’s among the first to offer Active Park Assist, which is a feature that will literally park the car for you.

For 2019, the Focus gets more toys, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop & Go, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Lane-Centering, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Evasive Steering Assist, and a new version of the Active Park Assist.

In this age of technology and connectivity, the all-new Focus is also equipped FordPass Connect, which turns the vehicle into mobile WiFi hotspot. Not only that, through the FordPass mobile app, you can check your car’s location and status (fuel levels, alarm status, oil level, etc.). You can also do remote door lock/unlock and engine start.

When it comes to its power plant, Ford plans to launch the Focus in China with the 1.0L EcoBoost engine under its hood and an all-new 1.5L EcoBoost with higher torque at lower RPMs — both in gasoline. The European market will get the 2.0L EcoBlue diesel variant, but we still hope this reaches the local shores, considering the Filipinos’ love for diesel.

Well, that’s if Ford Philippines decides to bring it here. We may have to wait for two or three more years for that to happen, as China and Europe will start selling the Focus by the second half of 2019.

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