Next-Gen 2019 Ford Focus Caught doing Cold Weather Testing

In recent news we were able to find out that the 2019 Ford Focus model is going to get a next-gen vehicle. In fact there have been rumors about this model  for some time. The current version is getting a bit stale, that’s why. This one debuted in 2012 and it was a saving model for the company. The current model managed to revise the fame that Focus lost with the car until then. All good things must come to an end however. So it’s time for this model to be replaced with better ones.

The current model is a facelifted version from 2015. And we are probably going to see the characteristics of this car evolved and enhance to make the forthcoming car.

Ford Focus was originally built and released in Europe in 1998. It took only two years for this car to come to America. But there have been only two-generation versions available in the US. So the one that we are going to receive now in 2019 is going to be the third-gen model. The Focus was original brought to America to substitute the Escort car. However, it became an adopted vehicle here.

Although it had an out-of-the-ordinary style for America, it was cheaper compared to the car it replaced. So it became a very much popular car here. The second-gen models were released in 2004 and it latest until 2011. The public considered these models as pretty bad and  did not like them at all. Luckily the changes introduced with the 2012 model and late 2015 version saved the car’s status and its very existence on the market as well.

The current generation of the Ford Focus cars is getting to be a little bit older in the tooth. So we are hoping that the next one will bring more great design choices for the car. In addition, we expect it to give us the update that we seek. The most important part is that they are going to follow the formula which they have established with the previous car. Plus, they are merely making an evolution of the same design.

The spy photos that show the 2019 Ford Focus doing cold weather tests is the first piece of solid evidence. This tells us that the car is going to show up in the market. Interestingly enough, this car looks mostly like the current facelifted version. It does not wear so much camo. But we are not easily fooled.

There are some parts which have been shaping up. However, the other shell is most likely fake. They are merely hiding the fact that a 2019 Ford Focus is in preparation. Additionally, the car was later spotted in a different kind of setting. This time it was in snow, but with a lot more modifications. If this is not the evidence that we need, then I do not know what is. All in all, here is our review. It will help you determine what the Ford Focus 2019 is going to be like. Also, it will prepare you well before the release date happens.

When can we Expect the Release Date of the 2019 Ford Focus?

The newest 2019 Ford Focus is expected to come out within the forthcoming period. Our researches are still not able to determine when exactly they plan to release date car as they are keeping it very secretive and are making all of this a well-kept secret. But as we see it and as some rumors suggest, the vehicle is going to appear next year in Europe.

The models will as expected be seen in all of the markets in Europe after its release on the home ground and from there it will simply cross to America, as many expect it to do. The US release date is a bit further than the initial one and we are all expecting it to be somewhere within the first-quarter of 2019.

Will the Price Increase?

We are fairly sure that the newest 2019 Ford Focus models is going to increase. The car will gain a price increase within the coming period and this is a next-gen vehicle so it is actually expected to rise a little bit. Fortunately, this pricing is not going to make the car overtly expensive and the buyers in America are still going to have an affordable model on their hands.

There are going to be different trims available this time around as well and we are starting with the base version which will probably sell at around $18,000, compared to the price of the outgoing model which amounts to $17,225 as base MSRP. The higher trim versions are priced a lot more than that with the ST being given for $24,425 and the RS model costing $35,730.

2019 Ford Focus Next-Gen Design

Based on how the current 2019 Ford Focus looks, it is more of a facelift than a new generation model. But it is something to be expected as they are probably using the older structure for the test to be completed. The plans are still in the works and we can expect to get a completely different car once it comes out.

The spy photos show us a car which has a fog light inserts which are separated a bit far away from the grille and the bumper also looks different and has a specific look to it. This is all actually a clear indication that the models offers a wider track. The side view of the car does not offer anything new specifically but there is a kind of a crease that goes all the way through the width of the roof and goes down the rear quarter panels.

The rear fascia is similar but the only major difference is that the rear wheel wells are positioned a little bit farther. But if you look at it now you will be hard-pressed to find any differences between the new and the current car.

All of this still tells us that the majority of the modifications are still to come. The spied prototype is only the proof that tells us that they are working on this model. They still need to make more extensive changes within the design. And they are probably in the works. But until all of this happens we will have to wait for a new batch of leaked images.

The Look of the Interior

The company still has not disclosed the interior of the 2019 Ford Focus. We assume this considering the current look of the exterior. And also on the fact that there is still a lot of time until they release the vehicle. The pictures are not showing us anything in terms of the look of the cockpit and the cabin. But as we are hopeful we will certainly get some pictures once they make something happen.

The car which has been doing the tests is only made to be road legal. So it is very much possible that there is not a whole lot on the inside of the car now. This will change in due time as they start building the car up and adding certain parts and pieces of it.

What we are expecting to see in the 2019 Ford Focus is that they update the current cabin and bring a number of new details to it. This will probably mean that they need to reshape the center console. Also, the instrument cluster needs to be updated. So generally speaking, expect a much larger screen used for the interior of the car. The technology will not change immensely compared to lineup of cars we are able to see currently. It will be similar and we expect to get the same kind of gadgets and equipment that other Ford models use.

Powertrain Options for the new 2019 Ford Focus

Looking at the photos of the 2019 Ford Focus there are some indications which say that there might be a different kind of an engine stored underneath. Some small details are indicators but it is still hard to determine what they might be doing with the test mule.

They might use an engine from a different market for the sake of testing the car and at the same time they also might be testing a completely new kind of engine which might be used for the new Focus. All in all, we are still not sure which drivetrain the prototype is using and it does look to have properties of a Duratec engine, but we cannot officially confirm it.

The current Ford Focus has three engine options for the US market. They include 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder, and the 2.3-liter 4-cylinder. Depending on the choice you make the car will output 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, with the first engine, 160 hp and 146 pound-feet of twist with the second one or 252 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque in the ST and 350 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque in the RS.

What is the most obvious option here is for them to update the given engine. They will also offer a slight increase in power. This might happen across the lineup with the exception of the RS version. The power increase will not be a significant one but will still affect the performance of the engine and offer a little bit more power.

Fuel Economy Improvements

We are predicting that the 2019 Ford Focus needs to do something with the fuel economy of the car for the future models. It would be really useful for them to improve upon the consumption rating. It is probably impossible to get better than the Honda Civic. This one still holds the class leading specs. Nevertheless, we are hoping for the second best.

But this would be hard to achieve primarily as the model has not yet made any strides with this in the current iteration. Whether these plans are in the words remains for us to see. But it would be great to see the car improve upon its specifications and get better in the fuel economy compartment. These information will emerge once they establish the engine.

Platform Modifications for the 2019 Ford Focus

People are probably thinking that the 2019 Ford Focus will receive an entirely new platform. But as things stand for now, this might not happen and they will probably just adapt the old one. This would mean that they need to do something about the weight and reduce it a little bit. They are going to stiffen things up a little bit and will make the car more secure that way.

They will also address the safety of the car this way. There are many new laws about the safety standards. So the Ford Focus 2019 will certainly benefit from the changes that they could introduce. The platform might get more rigid. It will certainly get stronger and it will help with the protection of the passengers inside. In addition, it will help with even the newest safety standards.

Rivals in the Segment

The new generation 2019 Ford Focus will arrive to a crowd of vehicles that established their positions already. The car did so much better with the facelifted version. However, even the smallest slip can tarnish a reputation here. But as things look like the new Focus will not do that.

One of the rivaling models in the segment  is the Honda Civic model.This model has existed as twice as the Focus has. Some see it as the ultimate ruler in the segment as its fuel economy is probably the best. Its long lasting reputation precedes it. The second model to mention is a younger brand but an emerging one with the Chevrolet Cruze model. Both cars are very much popular in the segment. So it will be interesting to see what kind of opposition are they capable of mounting against the newest Focus models.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is Gearing Towards a Return to the US

What many people have expected is to hear some news about the 2019 Ford Ranger. This is a vehicle that has we sorely miss. People have been craving to see it back for a long time. The Ranger was quite a popular mid-size truck. However it left the US market too early leaving us with a lot of dreams unfulfilled. ButFord is planning to reintroduce the Ford Ranger model back to America. And it might finally happen in 2019.

During the absence of the Ford Range for the US market, Ford has made a global model. They offered and sold it at various other markets all around the world. Now they are going to bring it back. Yet, they are probably going for an update of the current global version. It will then make its way to the US. This is what we are expecting and what we are seeing so far from the 2019 Ford Ranger model.

Sometimes corporate decisions do not go our way though. Fans are not the ones to have a final say in everything. But it appears that the fans did get what they want this time.

But do not get your hopes up. This is solely because of Ford’s revenue and the income that they are trying to boost. But the result is still what the fans want and we are getting a 2019 Ford Ranger coming to us.

The Story Behind the Ford Ranger Discontinuation

Before Ford Ranger makes a comeback on the US market IN 2019, people still remember how the bellowed model was viscous cut from the lineup in 2011. Back then Ford started making more success with its other brands. And things mainly started booming in the full-size segment with the F-150 model.

This is when the designers at Ford decided that they were already making enough with the car which has attracted so much attention. They also decided that they should concentrate more on the top seller and cut the weight. The Ford Ranger was doing well in sales. However, they decided to sacrifice for the greater good of the company.

Thus Ford decided to leave the mid-size segment to the competition and pull out on its Ranger model. The vehicle then became a global brand. It started its new life abroad as it was sold in other markets except the US.

But after a while Ford realized that something was missing from its lineup. They realized that the F-150 will simply not do any more as an entry-level model. There was another thing that happened and it came from the competition. Other models started appearing. This in a way brought back the segment right up.

Ford realized that they are missing out a whole lot by letting a car with a fan base in America linger somewhere else. The decision for a comeback was made abruptly. It is why we are getting the 2019 Ford Ranger now.

When is the Release Date of the 2019 Ford Ranger Expected?

We do not have an exact release date for the 2019 Ford Ranger. Yet we do know that it is going to happen really soon. After the emergence of the rivaling cars, Ford cannot afford to lag behind for too long. So they  need to go with the production of the model quickly.

That’s why is probably the best to simply redesign the truck on the current look of the global model. All expectations point to a date somewhere at the start of 2019. But we could even get it earlier than that. The production of the car is in Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. All the other models have been cleared away to Mexico to make way for this one to be designed. It will probably take them a lot quicker to finish and prepare it that way.

What About the Price of the 2019 Ford Ranger

It is probably too early to talk about the exact price of the 2019 Ford Ranger, but it is never too early to talk numbers when it comes to the automotive industry. The fact is that Ford cannot afford to go too big this time and has to make their comeback truck competitive.

This means that the price should be and in fact needs to be more close to what the competition is offering. This largely means that the entry price of the car is going to be around 25,000 dollars for starts. But after some modification and optional equipment, with possible an off-road based variant as well on the way, we are looking at a price which could climb all the way up to 40,000 dollars.

Emerging Spy Photos

One of the major facts which confirms the arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger are the spy photos which have been released. All of the news started appearing once the pictures were released and it was the start of the hype which the Ranger is bringing with its comeback. Although the prototype was not officially confirmed as a Ranger it is pretty easy to discern that this is actually Ford’s mid-size model in its global form. This only further lets us to believe that the global design is going to be used for the comeback model. We have based our review on the specs and features that this car brings.

New Appearance of the Domestic 2019 Ford Ranger

The appearance of the newest 2019 Ford Ranger will certainly resemble the current global variant. Ford is probably planning to bring all the cab configurations as well and make the available in the US. This would mean that the Ranger will be available in a regular cab, crew cab, and extended cab. Also offering a regular cab option would be an advantage for the brand as there are no other vehicles which have this configuration provided.

The look of the car will resemble the outgoing version with only some elements being enlarged and made bigger. There is also going to be a distinction between the trims which is going to be made possible with the different kinds of grilles which the car will have. It is something Ford has already done with the F-150, so it is likely that they do it here as well.

The side of the car will remain the same as the current version. This is due to the cost as it will mean spending a lot more money on designing a new roofline with doors and a cab compared to just using the already developed one. Also the higher trim levels will probably add moonroof and a sliding rear window option additionally.

They will design the back end in a way that many American models are. This probably means an inclusion of a traditionally looking bumper with trailer hitch mounted as well. They are going to add both four- and seven-pen connectors for the trailer lights with LED lighting featured in the back. The last thing that we expect to see is a spring-loaded assist system allowing easier loading capacity for the bed of the car.

Interior Modifications and Additions

They will redesign te interior of the 2019 Ford Ranger. Even though we would like to see a crossover as the global version truly has a very good looking and a handsome interior, the US-spec version will probably end up being redesigned and re-purposed to better fit the American audiences.

The global version has a very clear center stack and features a console-mounted gearshift and there is even a 4WD switch placed there as well. The US version might decide to keep these elements as it is not an oncoming sight to see those now. But it will have to add the cup holders which is a necessity for any American brand car.

As far as gadgets and technology goes, the model will have the latest version of the SYNC system. However,  it will not appear in the base from. So expect to see it for the mid and top versions. This also add Bluetooth connectivity, HD and satellite radio, navigation, voice control, the use of a 360-degree camera system  and also  hands-free phone operation.

As far as the seating goes, the base trim will come with cloth or vinyl covers, which is a good and economical choice. But higher trims will be spruced up with added leather upholstery. We might also get to see wood and metal accents placed all over the car. They will probably do more. And it would probably be good for this car to be if they remodel it a little bit on the inside. Also, it will give it an edge with the American crowds that way.

Possible Drivetrains of the 2019 Ford Ranger

There are actually many ways that the 2019 Ford Ranger could go when it comes to its powertrain. There is a possibility that they borrow an engine from the global lineup as that Ranger offers four options, out of which three are diesel. So we are left with one, the 3.2-liter inline five-cylinder turbo diesel.

An interesting part about this engine is that Ford already has used it in America for their Transit models. And is quite capable of delivering 185 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque of power.

Btu this is only one as there are another possible engine, for instance the  2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder making 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 used for the F-150 and making 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of torque.

There is even an opportunity for the 2019 Ford Range to use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine and allow it to make 280 horsepower and a respectable 310 pound-feet of torque. This would make the Ranger a performance model of the segment, which is something nobody would have thought about.

If we take a look at the possible transmission options, we could probably expect a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Of course, we expect that the model gets a RWD and 4WD from with the latter one offered optionally.

Platform Choice for the 2019 Ford Ranger

The easiest way for them to make the 2019 Ford Ranger is to simply use the same platform. As it would take immensely more time to make a new one and it will eventually mean spending more money on doing so, the best way to go about this is to transfer the platform from the global version.

The global Ford Ranger had its platform made by Ford Australia. They will simply transfer the same plan in Michigan. The Ford’s Assembly Plant will simply pick off from where they started. The body on frame platform will be optimized for the needs of this market and will fit in perfectly well here.

Emerging Rivaling Cars

With the comeback of the 2019 Ford Ranger, a lot of cars will have to check their models of revision. The thing is that the segment has been dead for a long time. This is one of the main reasons Ford decided to pull out its Ranger in the first place. But the mid-size segment has been revived in a way with emerging, inexpensive models. Things started taking a turn for a much better future in 2015 when they introduced Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

These two models solely turned the tides and brought back the segment to life. Although Toyota, Nissan and GM tried to do their best in the future they just continue to run things down into the ground more. But other designers saw and opportunity and realized what they need to do.

Even Honda is making ways with its Ridgeline vehicle and reviving it back as well. The 2019 Ford Ranger is coming back to a segment where other cars have been established in its absence. Ford is trying to take advantage of a developing segment. And they are trying to do it with the popularity of this car. However, we will see if this manages to prove to be lucrative.


2020 Ford F-150 Release Date, Specs and Review

Big, bad, bold is what defines the new Ford F-150 for 2020 when you take it to run across the desert or climb mountains at full throttle. It comes boasting of an upgraded suspension system, and a new V6 engine that replaces the existing V8 engine. According to rumors, the new F-150 is set to go on sale this fall.

New add-ons for 2020 include an upgraded suspension system, a new engine, a new frame, and a comprehensive redesign of the existing model. For starters, the Ford F-150 model is undoubtedly the best-selling truck in the U.S. It has managed to outsell everything else on the road for years unending due to its versatility, off-road performance, utility, amenities, comfort, and fuel economy. That isn’t precisely news for a majority of American buyers who are the biggest fans of the truck. The F-150 is the perfect definition of what a truck ought to be.

Nowadays, buyers are looking for a truck that requires a more extreme approach, something that flatten cacti at 80 mph and can hop boulders. For buyers looking for such capabilities, the fresh 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor should be a top their list of priorities.

The Raptor, entering its second generation, will feature a twin turbocharged V6 engine, aluminum body panels, and an all-new frame. According to Ford, the new frame will be more solid than any other model’s in the F-150 lineup. Also, it will be 6” wider than the base model, and will feature a new terrain management system and more suspension travel.

However, that is not to say that the fresh 2020 Ford F-150 won’t have any downsides. Some of the faults include limited visibility, only the short bed configuration will be offered just like in the existing model, and the Raptor is a specialized instrument.

Ford F-150 – Available Trims

According to the latest news, Ford has only shown us the Raptor in extended cab style. However, we expect the existing lineup to continue unaltered to the 2020 model year. That said, we should expect up to five trims: base XL, mid-trimsXLT, Lariat and King Ranch, and top-rated Platinum. The 2019 Shelby Baja 700 is reviewed separately.

Exterior Raptor Review & 2020 Ford F-150 Interior Changes

Based on speculation, standard equipment to expect from the base XL model include cloth upholstery, a 4.2” touchscreen display, 60/40-split rear seats, 17” steel wheels, six-speaker sound system, manual locks, telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, 40/20/40-split front bench seat, air conditioning, and manual windows.

2020 Ford F-150 front
2020 Ford F-150 front

Stand-alone options for the above trim include trailer brake controller, a rearview camera, skid plates, a power-sliding rear window, different axle ratios and towing packages, a CD player, running boards, and box side steps.

The XLT trim adds a rearview camera, auto-dimming mirrors, satellite radio, chrome exterior trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel, 17” alloy wheels, rear under seat storage, heated mirrors, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, an 8” touchscreen display, a 110V power outlet, remote engine start, LED bed lighting, seven–speaker sound system, and power adjustable pedals.

2020 Ford F-150 back
2020 Ford F-150 back

Stand-alone features available for the XLT include LED spotlights, rear-cross traffic alert, power-adjustable heated mirrors, inflatable rear seatbelts, a navigation system, CreChief fleet based telematics, a fuel economy boosting SFE package, and mirror-mounted LED spotlights.

The Lariat trim adds LED taillights and headlights, a 10-speaker audio system, driver seat memory settings, an 8” gauge cluster information display, high-beam headlight control, second-row heated seats, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, and automatic climate control (dual-zone).

The top-of-the-line King Ranch and Platinum models share most of the features available above but have a more sophisticated uptown styling tweak.

Engine Specs – 2020 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford hasn’t said much about what we should expect under the hood of the 2020 F-150, however, what we do know is the fact that for 2020 the truck will feature a base V6 engine that will replace the outgoing V8.

That said, the base engine will be a 3.5L V6 able to generate 284 horsepower and 256 pounds of torque. Also available is a 2.7L V6 rated at 325hp and 375 pounds of torque.

Those yawning for more power can opt for the powerful 5.0L diesel V6 rated at 390 hp and 387 pounds of torque.

Date Of Release & 2020 Ford F-150 Price

The new Ford F-150 2020 goes on sale in the fall of 2019, according to the latest release date details Ford has provided. As for the price, we are still in the dark, but expect a starting MSRP of around 46,000USD.

2020 Ford F-150 release date
2020 Ford F-150 release date

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