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Fourth-Generation Ford Focus Due in 2017

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/13/2014 Jason Udy

Just a few weeks after Ford showed the refreshed third-generation Focus hatchback at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, Autocar reports that the redesigned fourth-generation Ford Focus is due in 2017. And there’s a chance that the new Focus will look much like current model.

With the success of the current Focus, the Ford may consider not making drastic design changes to the compact’s styling, an unconventional move for the automaker. While the design hasn’t been finalized for the next-generation Focus, Raj Nair, Ford’s global product development boss, said the current car’s “sleek look of a coupe” will be seen “for quite some time.” Much like the evolution of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford will likely make incremental changes to the Focus’ styling starting with the refreshed 2015 Focus shown at Geneva. © Provided by MotorTrend

“Owners talk about rational reasons for purchase, but a fair percentage buy for emotional reasons like styling,” said Nair who also believes Ford’s new corporate grille design on the refreshed car is just “taking root.”

With the Focus sedan selling primarily in North America, Ford will follow up the refreshed 2015 Focus hatchback ’s Geneva reveal by debuting the Focus sedan at the 2014 New York auto show next month. The current car, which holds the title as best-selling global nameplate, arrived in 2012.

Source: Autocar

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