There's also driving modes selector complete with Sport mode.
Debuting alongside the all-new Focus, the Escort has a more upscale design as it has been equipped with a new front fascia which features a revised grille that is flanked by restyled HID headlights with C-shaped LED daytime running lights.
The 2018 Focus gets a completely new design that's sportier and sleeker with a lower roofline and longer body.
It looks more rounded at the front and has strong lines across the bonnet giving it a muscular presence.
Various trim levels will be available, including a more rugged "Active" version (already available for the Fiesta) that sits 30mm higher than the standard vehicle, the sporty ST-Line that sits 10mm lower and the luxury Vignale (available on most Ford models). The second-largest USA automaker said it's deepening its pact with Changan and another partner, Jiangling Motors Corp., by starting a new distribution unit.
The Focus has been one of Britain's most popular cars since its introduction two decades ago
Technologically, the new Focus will be the most advanced iteration of the model, without question. The electronic parking brake and rotary shifter make for easier access to the cupholders.
Ford's Sync 3 system takes care of the infotainment via voice commands or a 20cm colour touchscreen that can be pinched and swiped like a smartphone, while smartphones can be wirelessly charged on an inductive pad. It's also built on Ford's new C2 vehicle platform, which the firm says improves cabin space, exterior aerodynamics and fuel efficiency.
The 2019 Focus gets an all-new chassis and suspension with a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity, plus a electric power steering system that will provide a more engaging steering feel.
From the few details release about the Aussie range, the fourth-gen Focus line-up will include two 1.5-litre three-cylinder engines; an atmo version, and an all-new EcoBoost turbo version that's mated with an "intelligent" eight-speed torque converter auto. An assortment of 1.0- and 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas engines will be available in both China and Europe, though the Old Continent will also see a new 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine to replace the outgoing DuraTorq. The engines can be paired to an optional eight-speed automatic that actively assesses vehicle and environmental information to adjust clutch pressures for smoother gearshifts. No word yet on which engines will power the US model. The Focus has also moved upmarket, and also features a longer wheelbase that aids practicality, too.
In terms of driver-assist technologies, Ford has updated its "Co-Pilot360" to now feature stop and go functionality, steering assist and speed sign recognition. Although details for the Focus in the US haven't yet been announced, our sedans and hatchbacks will be sourced from China or Europe, depending on body style.