Ford is gearing up to introduce a new generation of the Focus, and that lineup will include a more powerful Focus RS, according to a report from Autocar.
The hot hatch, arriving for 2020, will supposedly produce more than 400 hp. That’s a considerable upgrade from the standard 350 hp, or 370 hp when paired with Mountune upgrades. In addition to the current 2.3-liter turbo-four, the new model should also use a new 48-volt mild hybrid system to reduce emissions and boost power.
The 48-volt integrated starter/generator could contribute 60-70 lb-ft of torque, Autocar says. In total, torque for the new model should come in around 425 lb-ft. The increased output should improve acceleration times. We last tested a Focus RS with 350 hp hitting 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The RS has traditionally featured a six-speed manual, but it’s possible the new model could offer a dual-clutch transmission to meet demand for automatics in China and the U.S.
When it comes to the standard Focus, we expect the new model will move upmarket. It will also likely grow in size compared to its predecessor, allowing for more passenger and cargo room.
Expect hybrid technology to proliferate throughout the Ford lineup. Ford is cutting its capital expenditures in internal combustion vehicles by one-third, investing that money instead in electrified vehicles. Some of these models will include the F-150 Hybrid, Mustang Hybrid, a battery electric small SUV, and an autonomous vehicle with a hybrid powertrain.