New Ford Focus prototype spotted: price, specs and release date

Padraig Mallett
February 09, 2021

The popular Ford Focus family hatchback is about to be updated, as shown by this camouflaged prototype. Read on for full details on this revised five-door family car. 

  • New Ford Focus spotted
  • Subtle revisions to its design
  • New front and rear bumpers
  • Interior upgrades expected
  • New, larger touchscreen
  • On sale in late 2021 or early 2022

The new Ford Focus is a very good all-round family hatchback, but this VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra alternative is about to receive a few upgrades for 2022.

New Ford Focus design

Despite the disguise, you can spot a few things about this prototype that look different from the current Ford Focus. The most noticeable change is the reworked front end that appears to have a smaller front grille, slimmer headlights and remodelled air intakes that give the car a more aggressive appearance.

At the rear things don’t look to have changed too much. Sharper, slimmer tail lights are the most obvious difference and the boot lid looks to have been changed slightly too.

New Ford Focus interior

The new car’s cabin won’t look hugely different from the current car’s, shown here…

You can expect Ford to tweak a few things about the Focus’s interior, too, including some new upholstery options, possibly a new steering wheel and an improved and updated infotainment system.

Watch our Ford Focus review

The latest Volkswagen Golf comes with one of the most high-tech infotainment systems of any family hatchback, it’s likely Ford will have revamped the Focus’s touchscreen in response. Indeed, you can just spot a larger infotainment display fitted to this prototype car’s dashboard.

New Ford Focus engines

There is no information to suggest that Ford will change the current Focus’s engine line-up, so options will likely include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol mild-hybrid unit with either 125hp or 155hp, and a 2.3-litre four-cylinder for the hot-hatch ST model, with 280hp.

Watch our Focus ST review

Expect the diesel options to remain the same too, with the choice of two four-cylinder engines – a 1.5-litre engine with 120hp, and a 2.0-litre unit with the choice of either 150hp or 190hp.

New Ford Focus price and release date

Ford is expected to release more details on the facelifted Focus later in 2021. This updated model may be available in late 2021 or early 2022, and prices are unlikely to change drastically from the current model. Expect to pay from around £22,000 for an entry-level car, rising to £34,000 for top-spec examples.

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