One of our favorite mid-range hatchbacks was due for a facelift after a few years. The Ford Focus will get a modified appearance, new infotainment and improved tech for 2022. Its mild-hybrid powertrain is also updated and the Wagon is now more practical than before.
Ford gave the Focus a new, higher hood “for greater visual presence” (and better pedestrian safety, perhaps). The new grille – with the Ford logo in it – and bumpers provide a fresh appearance and differ per version. As before, there are the Trend, Titanium, the sportier ST-Line or, in the case of the Wagon, the roughened Active. On top of that, you can opt for the X package for maximum tech, or the Vignale package for extra luxury.
Mild hybrid with automatic transmission
You could also buy the Ford Focus before 2022 with a mild-hybrid powertrain, consisting of a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder and a starter/generator. The available powers were 125 and 155 hp. Added to this is the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch Powershift automatic transmission (only for the most powerful version). ‘Ordinary’ petrol and diesel engines will remain available.
The Focus will now receive Sync 4, Ford’s latest infotainment system that we know from the Mustang Mach-E. It doesn’t come here with a large portrait screen, but a 13.2-inch touchscreen in width. Sync 4 bases its navigation on cloud data, is more intuitive to operate, works together with an app on your phone and downloads updates wirelessly.
Other updates for the Ford Focus (2022)
The various driver assistance systems have been further improved, so that your blind spot recognition now also works when you tow a trailer, for example. New dynamic matrix LED headlights are also available. The luggage compartment of the station wagon version is now slightly larger and has a partition wall and a space for wet items. Of course, the Ford Focus ST was also facelifted for 2022: it got new wheels, new electric Ford Performance seats and a new paint color: Mean Green.
The new Ford Focus (2022) will be at dealers in the first quarter of next year.