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Officially unveiled, finally:

Next-Gen Ford Focus unveiled! U.S. and Euro models finally united - Autoblog

Oddly I actually prefer the sedan, for the moment. I say "for the moment" because that shouldn't be possible.

Also there's a Euro version pictured (Titanium badging and no amber reflectors in the headlamps), and it looks 100% identical to the US model apart from those reflectors. Pretty awesome eh?

Engine will be a 2.0-liter direct-injected four with 155hp, which sounds nice. I just hope there will be a 2.5 or Ecoboost upgrade with closer to 200hp...
 

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The design is a bit ... erm ... busy! Both inside and out.
Which is a good thing! At least it's not a Fiesta carbon copy, so if you want the more clear lines, go for the Fiesta, if you want ... 'this', get a Focus.

I think it just has to get on my eyeballs a bit longer - I'm sure I will get used to seeing these cars overhere (Holland is a Focus/Golf/Astra country).

If you were wondering about the shape of the rear lights:


(the 2010 S-Max)
 

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People were worried that the Focus would cannibalize from Fiesta, but I think its really more of a threat to Fusion. Fiesta is basic transportation compared to this new Focus. I also expect the typically equipped new Focus will go for $18K. I personally prefer the simplicity and expressiveness of the Fiesta, but people who like subtlety and high fit-and-finish will find the Focus hard to resist.
 

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Random thoughts; It's way more sophisticated than I was expecting. But, I like it. The sedan actually looks good and I'm not a big fan of sedans. I really like the hatch though. Now the pricing structure of the Fiesta makes more sense to me.
 

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Expect the price offset trend to continue. Meaning eventually after all new Fords are introduced a higher priced Taurus.
 

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The sedan actually looks good and I'm not a big fan of sedans.
I checked the Dutch Autoweek site for comments. As you guys probably know, Western Europe favors hatchbacks over sedans very much, but quite a few Dutchmen found the sedan better looking than the hatch!
("it looks like a shrunken Mondeo"). I'm afraid I'd have to agree with them!
 

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I had a feeling and had posted it in FJ that the MK III would have influence from the C-Max.
 

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Some Dutch reactions:

13 to the dozen design, the first Focus was the best. The rear lights are plain ugly, the nostrils squared.
The current one has a better exterior. It reminds me of the current one, but rounder. What have they done the the rear lights? I big miss. Interior has advanced, but doesn't convince me fully. HVAC operation looks difficult behind the gearstick.
I find this an odd product. Outside is tidy, rearlights are complex. Behind the wheel it's a funfair. A shame the outside doesn't match with the inside. I'm afraid this Ford will once again loose from the Golf and Astra.
Interior 'by KIA Sorento'. Exterior: Astra meets Focus meets Caliber. As the market dictates, so it will sell.
Very questionable, especially the rearlights and the grille are not okay.
Yikes! That dashboard ... I've never seen a KIA from the inside, but it probably looks like this. Too pitty.
Those rearlights don't match the car.
After Renault Ford does weird designs.
I simply like it. But I always liked Foci.
Not the first car ruined by a bad interior.
Pitty, I expected so much more. Typical Japanese interior and a non harmonious exterior.
Much Renault in this Ford. Those rearlights, disguisting.
I think it's an improvement. Exterior is less boring and interior has improved. Current version is boring and looks cheap with that silver center console. Looks like an Astra/Insignia interior, though.
Wow, something to get used to, think I like the sedan more than the hatchback (probably because of the rearlights).
SEAT Leon with a pinch of Lancia Delta. I think it's boring, like the Leon. What a shame, it used to be such a nice car. The first Focus that is.
I'm a huge Ford fan, but at first sight this car disappoints a little. The nose has similarities with the current Focus and I detect a bit of Kia styling. The rear is very striking and I didn't expect that from Ford. The dashboard is gorgeous, much better now. From the side the nose looks like that of a Mazda 3.
Hmmmm, I don't find it successful. A bit cheap and 'old fashioned'. Just like the previous one. Pitty.
Looks like an azian design. Take off the blue oval and you have a Kia or another Korean brand. I don't think this Focus will survive the battle against the rest. Especially the rearlights are fugly. The interior is too busy and looks 'cheap'. For me, a Focus driver for the last 12 years, they've gone too far. I had all versions of the Focus, but I will pass this one.
Quite a looker, except for the rear lights, that's a miss! A shame I have to wait for another year before it's for sale.
Front is okay, sedan is okay, but the rear of the hatchback is worthless.
Boring! I expected more than this. Don't the European versions get LEDs in the rear lights?
"World car"... Indeed I see American influences. To the detriment in this case. An absolute no-no are the fake grates. What a beauty it's predecessor was.
It disappoints me
What a bunch of whiners. I like the hatchback. A bit of Citroen C4 from both the side and rear. But that's also a nice looking car. Dashboard looks a bit like a Honda because of the (blue) ambient lightning.
Isn't it about time Ford improves on the dashboard design? The last couple of years it's getting too fancy, with various ambient colors and a center console that looks like a jukebox with blue lightning. Very messy.
So many people are whining about those rear lights. Simply a nice new Focus with nice rear lights.
Sedan is decent, hatchback isn't. The rear doesn't match with those rear lights.
Uneasy design, also inside. It disappoints me.
Interior is uneasy, but a sporty exterior. Good matching color.
Nice lines. They even managed to make the Focus sedan look long and stretched. What an overflow of lights, knobs, different colors and shapes on the dashboard. Looking at the pictures, I realise what an oasis of rest my mk1 is.
Ford dares, unlike some other brands.
Ugly! Those rear lights, that dashboard (did Kia help the ailing Ford a hand?) And the boring front and side... a weird monstrosity.
It's like a stretched Fiesta, which I don't like at all. A pitty this is. And daylight driving lights stolen from Audi.
The sedan now looks much better than the hatchback.
That doesn't look bad at all, the Golf now looks like a dated 80's model.
I needs some to get used to, especially compared to the current Focus. But I think it's cool!
It's not getting prettier.
Restless design, but I'm anxious to see it in the flesh. I think it will not disappoint.
Wow, that's a nice interior, if you like shiny hard plastics!
The Golf will remain unique, the others in this segment looks like they all come from the same factory.
I think we can honestly say that the new Focus design isn't innovating. While the 90s Focus was a trendsetter with 'New Edge' design, it now follows the smooth, timeless and fat design of the Opel Astra. Focus tries to be different with these rear lights, but after a year they will become incredibly boring. I rather have the reserved rear lights of the new Golf and Astra. And the nose: not enough unity, too many holes. Reminds me of a Kia C'eed. Even the interior reminds me of the new Astra, with a cockpit around the driver. But even more messy. Look at that ugly steering wheel. And a center console that sits againt your knees. Much depends on the driving characteristics. But everyone knows: Design is an ever important selling argument.
I'm glad that in 2 weeks I can trade my Focus for a Honda Civic and a) not drive a Focus again and b) doesn't have to wait for one. Because of the many Astra, Mazda 3, C4 and Korean influences.

..... Pfff..... a tough crowd here on the Dutch forum! Even worse than what you would usually find on LLN :) Autoblogs audience is much more appreciative of the new Focus!
 

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If I recall right, the Mondeo will be coming over but badged as the Fusion.
 

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I saw the Focus in person yesterday, and the car is stunning! The front is a little odd, but a vast improvement over what has been called a Focus in the US in the past. The car is also much bigger than the current US car, but looked to be a natural step up from the EU version. Both the hatch and sedan are good looking and look to be designed together. At the press show yesterday, I did not hear any comments that were negative. The press loved the car, and for good reason. The Focus is awesome.
 

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Video!

Ford Focus | Video - AutoWeek.nl

Hmmm... while the Europeans like the sedan over the hatchback (unusual), the guys on LeftLaneNews like the hatchback over the sedan (also unusual)! :D
Haha, Well... I am a hatchback guy, no doubt... (own a 2006 Zx3 hatchback), but I think I might like the new Focus on sedan (gulp) more than the hatchback.

I need to see more pictures, though...
 

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For once, the sedan and hatch both look stunning! You can tell the Focus was designed to be both from the beginning. Normally, they take a great looking hatch and force a sedan out of it. The Focus comes out with both versions looking great. I did not get a chance to see the sedan up close at the show since it was always crowded with people. The hatch was on the floor for awhile, so I looked at it then. Later, the car was moved onto the platform with the Sedan for more press stuff.
 

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I really do love the Focus Sedan, I have to say the Focus was just meant period to be a Hatch, Wagon, and Sedan. I'm thinking for sure a 2012 Focus will be in my garage if I can work it because I will need a family car probably by then and having a Fiesta for that isn't a good call. Even though I've been looking at a -gasp- Subaru Outback Wagon.
 

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The hatch appeals to me since the design is more interesting..I think Ford is trying to revive the very exciting and intertesting design style they had back in the early to mid eighties with the introduction of the Ford Sierra...I do think it will be somewhat polarizing yet I don't think it will be as great as it was when the excellent Sierra debuted...

I do think the styling is a bit more busy than I would like yet it still looks good...

I'm definitely not sold on electric power steering as over and over again on various models it has proven to have little or no feedback.
 

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Quite honestly I love the concept of the Volt for an Electric type vehicle. You don't have to worry about having to stop every few miles and plug the car in or if you're going to make it to and from work. I believe until better technology comes the Volt is a great transition from an internal combustion engine to an electric vehicle.

I have to agree, the Sierra was a very good style design for its time period. It would have been better if we had gotten the actual Ford Sierra instead of the Merkur Name Plate.
 

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At the NAIAS today, I spent probably a solid hour just looking at and taking pictures of the Focus. My initial in-the-steel thoughts are much as they were from the pictures, though I must say the design does not look quite as busy as the photos suggest, at least to my eyes. The Fiesta and Focus share an obvious design heritage and an overall similarity, yet in execution I find them to be diametrically opposed. The Fiesta's details such as its headlights, taillights, instrument panel, mirrors, strong rising slash in the side, and relative simplicity in design draw me in and give me reason to appreciate the car all the more.

The Focus, at least in this early stage of my analysis, excels in only one noticeable exterior feature--car show wheels notwithstanding--the upper grille with single, thick chrome bar and Ford oval and the nice curve in the hood around the badge. I don't particularly like the headlight shape nor the design of the individual lights housed therein. At the rear, the taillghts stretch much too far onto the side for me to be thrilled with them. Plus, that cool honeycomb design from the Fiesta is not there. The side creases and bulges are not as flowing nor are the resulting surfaces as harmonious. Yet the aggressive nose and wide stance combine with all other elements to produce a look that far exceeds the sum of its parts. This is the first vehicle I have been completely taken with and had so few details to name as my basis. In photos, it seemed the sedan may be better than the hatch. Can't say I feel that way now. Maybe it's the deep, rich red paint of the hatch or just my inner pro-hatch bias. Regardless, it's quite a looker.

I encourage you all to see it in person and give it a solid 5-10 minutes and see what you think. It captivated me at the show, could it be the red paint again? I'm anxious to hear other thoughts. I'll have a host of pictures up sometime before Tuesday.
 
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