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2022 Ford Focus digitally imagined, to capitalize on EcoBoost Hybrid tech [Update]

Digital artist, KDesign AG, has created a mockup of what the 2022 Ford Focus could look like, although prototypes spotted testing in Europe indicate Ford designers could be planning softer updates to the bumpers, fenders and lights of the popular B-segment which is also available in a raised ‘Active’ variant with crossover styling elements.

The rendering of the new Ford Focus takes inspiration from China’s Ford Mondeo Evos, but spy shots indicate that it won’t look that different from the outgoing model. Prototypes undergoing road-testing in Europe indicate a minor nip and tuck with sharpening of the headlamps, some tweaks to the hexagonal radiator grille, and a few revisions to the front bumper. At the rear, the design of the taillamp and bumper may undergo alterations, but compared to the front, the overall look should be even close to the existing car. 

2022 Ford Focus rendering
The Focus is available with the EcoBoost Hybrid engine with a 1L petrol and 48V architecture. Renders: Kleber Silva via Behance.net.

Interior

Ford may introduce its SYNC 4 touchscreen infotainment system in the Focus with the upcoming mid-cycle update. The SYNC 4 system offers updated graphic design and interface, smoother functioning, natural voice recognition with cloud-based voice processing, wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto compatibility, OTA software updates, and much more.

In June last year, the Ford Focus range saw a significant update in the European market with the introduction of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with Ford Hazard Warning, and more importantly the EcoBoost Hybrid electrified powertrain which features a belt-driven integrated starter generator and an air-cooled 48V lithium ion battery pack under the front passenger’s seat.

Powertrain

The EcoBoost Hybrid is exclusive to the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine but is available in two states of tune – 125 PS and 155 PS. The 125 PS variant emits 114 gm/km of CO2 whereas the 155 PS coughs out 2gm/km more (WLTP cycle); both are available with a 6-speed MT only. These should continue on the 2022 model.

The Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models introduced last year replace the standard alternator with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG), enabling recovery of energy lost during braking and coasting to charge a 48V L-ion air-cooled battery. It is positioned beneath the front passenger seat with no loss of passenger or cargo space.

The BISG also plays a motor, integrating with the 1.0L engine and utilizing the captured energy to offer torque assistance during normal driving and acceleration, as well as powering the car’s electrical equipment.

The self-regulating mild-hybrid system determines when and how intensively to charge the battery for optimal benefit, and when to release the stored battery charge through two strategies:

  • Torque substitution, which activates the electric motor functionality of the BISG offering up to 24 Nm torque – reducing the work load of the engine while reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
  • Torque supplementation, which deploys the electric motor functionality to improve the total torque available from the powertrain by up to 20 Nm above the level delivered by the petrol engine alone at full load – and up to 50 per cent higher torque at lower rpm – for a sprightly driving performance.
2022 Ford Focus rendering rear
By mid-2026, all Ford passenger vehicles in Europe will be electric or PHEV, Ford said in its announcement on Feb 17. Watch out for the Focus PHEV in the next generation around 2024.

With the introduction of the 2022 Ford Focus, the Blue Oval will be capitalizing on the hybrid tech to boost sales of the Focus which is lagging behind its key competitors, the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, as per CarSalesBase.com. For the year ended 2020, Ford saw around 173,000 units of its Focus reach European homes whereas Volkswagen one-upped the American with 285,000 units of the Golf and 180,000 units of group company’s Skoda Octavia which shares its platform and parts with the Golf.

PHEV/EV variant set to arrive later this decade

It is to be noted that while the ‘greenest’ Focus is available only as a MHEV, rival VW and Skoda offer the Golf and Octavia respectively with plug-in hybrid variants, and in their sporty GTE and vRS variants in addition to their plain-Jane variants. Ford however offers the performance Focus ST variants strictly without any electrification.

Though the 2022 Ford Focus is unlikely to see inclusion of a PHEV, the next-gen model which should arrive by the middle of this decade should address this shortcoming keeping inline with Ford’s announcement to make all its passenger vehicles in Europe zero emissions capable (electric or PHEV) by mid-2026, and moving to all electric by 2030.

2022 Ford Focus FAQs

What is the release date of the 2022 Ford Focus?

The restyled Ford Focus should be released by end of this year in Europe.

What are the rivals to the 2022 Ford Focus?

The Ford Focus rivals the VW Golf, Skoda Octavia, Hyundai i30 and Renault Megane.

What will be the price of the 2022 Ford Focus?

The 2022 Ford Focus should have a starting price of 25,000 EUR.