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magicleo2120 11-12-2006 06:55 PM

Exclusive Video and Spy Photos: 2008 Ford Focus*

2008 Ford Focus gets infusion of style
By Ed Hellwig Email | Blog

Date posted: 11-09-2006

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After years of being ignored in the compact segment, the 2008 Ford Focus is hoping to grab some attention with an all-new look. Our latest spy video and photos show various prototypes of the upcoming Ford Focus being tested on the streets of Michigan.

Unlike the European Ford Focus which now rides on an all-new platform, the 2008 Ford Focus in the U.S. will remain on its current chassis. Most of the changes for next year will be cosmetic, with a new three-bar grille up front similar to the larger Ford Fusion midsize sedan. A new character line down each side will give the profile a slightly different look while reshaped taillights spruce up the rear.

If there's any big news with this Focus refresh, it's the introduction of a new coupe body style similar to the old Ford Escort ZX2. Unlike the current Focus ZX3 hatchback, the new coupe has a traditional trunk, that cuts down on overall utility in favor of a sleeker profile. There's no word yet whether the coupe will be positioned as the high-performance model of the lineup, but the prototypes look as though they have higher-spec wheel and tire combinations than the sedans.

No changes under the hood are expected. Base models will most likely continue with the 130-horsepower 2.0-liter Duratec while upgraded models will get the 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 151 hp. These new models might also provide an opportunity for Ford to highlight the PZEV version of the 2.0-liter Duratec, which is one of the cleanest gas engines on the market.

Look for these new Focus models to make their official debut at the Detroit auto show in early January.

pio 11-12-2006 07:03 PM

wasn't those pics the same posted on another thread?

Stuka 11-12-2006 07:54 PM

No hatch back means I wont being buy one, period :( Although I think the new fusion front end already decided that for me.

Peregrine 11-12-2006 08:11 PM

I just don't like the three bar look that the Fusion already carries along with the taillights. It just looks like a 4 Door Prelude to me. I just have to wait and see but at least it has a better profile than a ZX2.

bigjordan 11-12-2006 08:20 PM

i gotta say................i have grown to really dislike ford.

DrkKnight614 11-12-2006 09:25 PM

i like that they finally got rid of the cheap pos moldings to give it a cleaner look, and finally it looks like itll have painted side mirrors all across the model line. I dont know, the little cheap things that ford does to save a little money annoys me. But yea, i wont be buying one. I want my focus as a hatch.

secondechomatt 11-12-2006 09:32 PM

I'm a hatch 4 life kinda guy, but I think the coupe has potential. Not for utility, but for a bit of style.

The grille is a 2 bar, not 3, so it will be fusion-esque, think along the lines of BMW family lineage, or benz. You know its one as soon as you see it, without even knowing exactly what it is.

How do I know? Saw one today! ;)

Duffman355 11-12-2006 10:07 PM

THe front end is scaring the shit out of me. I love my sap fofo. The coupe could be cool though. Maybe swap out the bars for some mesh.

fokuzx3 11-12-2006 10:10 PM

looks like crap, ill stick w/ the zetec's

jmotank 11-12-2006 10:27 PM

this will be my first and last focus. i love my car and really have nothing bad to say of it. but ford makes me sick. they give no go. no motor changes. that sucks. they save all the good stuff for the mazda side. but again trust me, i will drive my focus till the wheels fall off. then try to drive it some more. i do love it!

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