The all-new 2019 Ford Focus is so completely different than the 2018 Focus that barely all the share are the same name badges. The 2019 Ford Focus is built on an all-new platform, with a longer wheelbase, revised suspension, improved ride comfort, and more interior space than its predecessor.
The 2019 Focus is based on Ford’s new C2 platform designed to enhance crash performance while delivering more interior space without expanding any of the exterior dimensions or increasing weight. Testing has shown that the C2 platform has a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity over the C1 platform on which the 2018 Focus is based. A stiffer platform allows the suspension to work more efficiently.
Stylish New Body
From the front the 2019 is unmistakably a Ford. From the side though it’s more dashing than previous Ford designs. The bodywork is defined by three curved lines, two on the upper edge, one of the lower edge that breaks out from the otherwise rounded body panels. The combined side glass (front and rear doors) create an almond shape that’s not been seen in a Ford before, including the 2018 Focus and provides for a better view for rear seat passengers.
More Spacious Interior
The wheelbase of the 2019 Focus has been increased by 53 millimeters, or just over two inches, versus the 2018 Focus. While that doesn’t sound like much Ford engineers have made the most of it. Most of the space has been allocated to where it was needed most – rear seat room. Knee clearance is improved by more than 50 millimeters (0.03 mm short of two inches) compared with the outgoing 60Focus, for a best-in-class 81 millimeters (3.2 inches). Rear shoulder room is increased by almost 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) compared with the 2018 Focus. Front seat occupants haven’t been forgotten as the center console in narrower than in 2018, creating more seating space, by moving controls to the touchscreen.
The dash has a cleaner, more sophisticated appearance look and is made from high-quality soft-touch materials. It’s been moved forward, to create a more spacious feel for front seat occupants. Front doors now flow fluidly behind the instrument panel for a visually upscale, wrap-around effect. The center screen is available in up to eight inches, and operates through Ford’s Sync 3 system, well-regarded for its intuitive interface. Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SYNC 3 allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using simple voice commands. The high-end audio system is a 10 speaker 675-watt from B&O Play with trunk mounted subwoofer. There’s also a wireless charging-pad option.
New in the 2019 Focus, FordPass Connect allows a range of convenient features via the FordPass mobile app, including vehicle Locator, helping owners find their car in parking lots, Vehicle Status, for checking fuel levels, alarm status, oil life and more remotely, Door Lock Unlock, to remotely allow access to your 2019 Focus and Remote Start, for Focus models equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Advanced Assistive Technology
There’s an entire suite of new assistive technology features, some never offered before in the Focus or even a competitive vehicle. These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centering. Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System with new camera-based Predictive curve light and Sign-based light that pre-adjust headlamp patterns for improved visibility by monitoring bends in the road and – for the first time in the industry – road signs. Active Park Assist 2 now also operates gear selection, acceleration and braking to enable fully-automated maneuvers at the push of a button. And Evasive Steering Assist, a segment-first technology, helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions
This is just a taste of what’s in store for the 2019 Ford Focus. There isn’t enough space to go into all the clever details like outside mirrors shaped to reduce buffeting when a front window is down, a great improvement for dog owners, or the trick of applying lightweight adhesive foam during body construction, learned from constructing the AWD 350 horsepower Ford Focus RS.
To learn more contact Westview Ford and the team will be happy to share all available details.