Although the prototype doesn’t wear any badges, its gaping front grille, prominent rear spoiler, diffuser-style rear bumper and twin exhaust all strongly suggest it's the performance-focused ST variant.
The shape of the headlights mirrors those seen on the latest Fiesta, but the T-shaped LED daytime-running lights are strikingly similar to the Thor's Hammer units featuring on the front of modern Volvos. If we didn't know better, we'd say the design was lifted straight from the Volvo V40.
The Swedish similarities end and the daytime running lights, though. The rear of the car features horizontal taillights – once again, like the Fiesta – split across the tailgate and rear three-quarter panel, while the body should grow marginally larger in every direction compared to the current car.
Expect to see the usual selection of Ecoboost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines offered across the Focus range, in both three- and four-cylinder guises. Although the latest Fiesta ST is powered by a three-cylinder engine, we'd be surprised if Ford used the same engine in the hot Focus - expect a four-cylinder Ecoboost under the bonnet.
Inside, previous spy shots have revealed the Focus will run with a similar dashboard layout to the Fiesta. Expect to see a touchscreen sitting above the air vents, with far fewer buttons than than the model on sale today.
The current-gen Focus first launched in 2010, so expect to see the new model soon. It'll likely be given a full reveal late this year or early in 2018.
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