Skipping the limelight of the Geneva motor show next month Ford will reveal its fourth-generation Focus at a standalone event in April which will see more body style options and further separation across the range.
According to a company spokesperson speaking to Automotive News Europe, the blue oval will skip unveiling its key new model to the world in March but has plans of its own big event which will bring at least three new variants to hatchback, wagon and sedan body styles for greater variety.
The new Focus Vignale will be on offer from launch and sits atop the Titanium model currently offered in Australia that adds further premium appointments and a plusher interior. Joining the Vignale is the crossover-inspired Active wagon that offers an alternative to the SUV crowd with an off-the-beaten-track disposition and adventurous appearance.
A new warm ST-Line hatchback will also be available that offers a watered-down version of the ST that’s due to launch later in 2018, while there’s no news on a replacement for the red-hot RS that's likely two or more years away.
No further details have been released yet but the interior is tipped to receive a major update and include a floating centre console infotainment layout similar to the latest European Fiesta models. Outside has also grown slightly and includes a sharper design profile.
The five-door Focus will remain in production at Saarlouis, Germany, with future production of some left-hand drive variants set commence in China from 2019.
Though Ford is skipping Geneva for its new Focus announcement it will still make an appearance, unveiling its facelifted Edge SUV and new Ka+ compact car for European markets. Ford chief financial officer Bob Shanks also suggests the Edge, which will be named Endura when it launches here later this year, may adopt the Chinese market-only seven seat configuration as the company seeks ‘more three-row utilities’ for Europe.
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