Another Friday is upon us, so OmniAuto has a fresh render to share. This time it’s the next-gen Ford Focus.

You’ve probably seen the spy photos with the test mule, but those only showed how the fourth installment of the Ford Focus will be longer and wider. Now, it’s time to speculate on how the styling will evolve for the Blue Oval’s ever so popular compact hatchback. Our Italian colleagues at OmniAuto have decided to infuse some Mondeo traits for the all-new Focus, proposing a posh appearance for the enlarged five-door hatchback.

Starting with the front, Ford’s fourth-gen Focus makes the switch from the current model’s bi-xenon headlights to a full LED arrangement which is expected taking into account several segment rivals already have it. The shape of the headlights and the Aston Martin-esque grille are influenced by the Mondeo/Fusion and lend the 2018 Focus an upscale look while the larger air vents make it a bit sportier as well.

Ford has already promised the overhauled Focus will have the “sleek look of a coupe” which is why the speculative render proposes a more sloped roofline. It’s also got slightly longer rear doors to better reflect the car’s stretched wheelbase which will pay dividends in terms of rear legroom. The increased footprint will also enable a more spacious trunk, making the Focus IV considerably more practical than the current car which isn’t exactly a top performer as far as the space it offers.

Expect the new and improved Focus to be introduced at a car show in the first half of 2017, before going on sale likely as a 2018MY. It should be followed shortly by the wagon and a four-door sedan.


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