The car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It is taller, has a wider stance and a longer wheelbase than the current Focus. Petrol engines will be available from launch and they will be joined later in the year by two new common-rail turbodiesels developed with PSA Peugeot-Citroen.
The 1.6 TDCi and 2.0 TDCi engines are expected to be Euro IV compliant, which eliminates the 3% penalty on diesel engines for benefit-in-kind tax purposes. Ford is promising the excellent ride and handling associated with the Focus will remain, along with extra flexibility from its five-seat layout.