Zip Code: 20149

2018 Ford Focus: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - September 21, 2017
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Model Preview

In 2017, the Focus underwent just mild changes to its trim levels, and we expect the 2018 Focus to bring much of the same.

As a carryover, the 2018 Ford Focus will not have any notable visual changes. It’ll continue with the same look it’s had since its 2015 makeover, which followed a 2012 redesign. It’ll also continue to work well for various buyers thanks to its two body designs: hatchback and sedan. Like the exterior, the Focus’ interior will also carry on without any changes.

Because it’s a carryover, we expect no changes to the Focus’ standard features in 2018. In 2017, these include 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air conditioning, power front windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Ford MyKey, a rearview camera, Ford Sync, a four-speaker sound system, and more on the sedan. The hatchback list of standard features adds 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cruise control, power rear windows, rear air vents, a six-speaker audio system, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and more.

Under its hood, we expect the Focus to remain unchanged. If this proves true, look for it to comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a five-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional six-speed automatic. Optionally, buyers can switch to the 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. This EcoBoost engine will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while an optional six-speed automatic will be available.

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Buyers looking for more performance will have their choice of the Focus ST with a 2.0-liter engine that cranks out 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, or the Focus RS which pairs a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine with 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque with all-wheel drive.

In the safety department, the current Ford Focus has “good” ratings in four of the five crash tests, but its “acceptable” rating in the small-overlap test kills its chances at the Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS. It also lacks automatic emergency braking. These ratings should all carry over in 2018.

Pricing & Release Date

While nothing is official yet, we expect to see the 2018 Ford Focus on dealer lots in late-2017.

Pricing for the sedan will start from $18,735, while the hatchback will start from $21,320. The range-topping Titanium hatchback will start from $25,250 (destination fees included).

Key competitors for the Focus will include the Mazda Mazda3, Honda Civic, and Kia Forte.

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