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The next-generation Ford Focus sedan has been spied doing a spot of hot weather testing in southern Europe.

We can see, despite a plethora of false panels and head-to-toe camouflage, Ford has ditched the six side window treatment used in all generations of the Focus sedan thus far.

Like the five-door hatch, which was last spotted in February, the new sedan also has a prominent shoulder line gracing its side.

Under the bonnet, the Focus will be powered by a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including the much awarded 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor.

A plug-in hybrid variant and a new electric model are expected to surface a year or two into the new generation’s life.

An earlier set of spy photos revealed much of the new Focus’ interior, which includes a cleaner design similar to the one used on the latest generation Fiesta.

A free-standing pod for the Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system will be present, at least, on mid- to high-spec models. Expect to see a customisable digital instrument display, and the latest safety technology.

Australia

It’s not clear if Australia will receive the next-generation Focus sedan or hatch.

With the seemingly unstoppable rise in popularity of crossover vehicles and utes, last month Graeme Whickman, the company’s local boss, was unwilling to confirm either the latest Fiesta or next Focus for the local market.

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