Next-Gen Ford Focus Adds New Engines, Better Styling and Advanced Tech

Ford's next-generation compact car comes into... focus.

Ford gave its next-generation Ford Focus a global debut in Germany recently, and while North American customers have to wait a little bit longer for official specs, the all-new compact car looks promising so far.

Riding Ford's new global platform, the redesigned Focus will have improved interior space, more advanced powertrain options and the latest safety technologies.

The biggest advantage the new platform brings is a longer wheelbase, which opens up more passenger and cargo space. Shoulder and legroom for the rear occupants grows by 2.4 inches and 2.8 inches, respectively, while the new Ford Focus Wagon can hold up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats; the Wagon also boasts features like the Easy Fold Seat and Ford's Hands-Free power liftgate. In addition to the wagon, the Ford Focus will also continue to be offered in sedan and hatchback variations, but only the latter two have been sold in the U.S. in recent year.

From a styling standpoint, the upcoming Focus is an evolution of the current model, but with a design that is more attractive and modern. You don't have to squint to see cues from Mazda, Tesla, and Volvo.

Like other compacts, the new Focus will also give buyers the choice of more upscale options and technology.

This includes the new SYNC 3 setup with an eight-inch color touch screen and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, FordPass Connect Wi-Fi hotspot and the all-new Ford Co-Pilot360. This suite of safety features includes Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centering), Adaptive Front Lighting System, Active Park Assist and the segment-first Evasive Steering Assist.

The next-gen Ford Focus goes on sale in Europe and China later this year with sales commencing in North America next year for the 2020 model year, and Ford says that the Focus will be "tailored to each global region." This language likely means that we won't see a diesel-powered Focus or a Focus wagon here in the U.S., but only time will tell if that's actually the case. In Europe, the Focus will get four engines (including a 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder), while China's Focus will have two engine options. An eight-speed automatic will be an option.

Expect the North American Ford Focus to debut either later this year at the L.A. Auto Show or next January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.