The next-generation Ford Focus is expected to be released next year as a 2019 model. The sedan will be built in China and exported to North America. Aside from the typical four-door sedan, the model will also be available in a five-door hatchback.

So far, spy shots have revealed some notable changes in the next-generation model. For starters, the vehicle is slightly larger than the current 2017 Ford Focus. This is evident by the larger wheelbase and rear overhang. This will also translate to more trunk space and legroom for rear passengers.

The doors also appear to have a flatter design, indicating that they’re made from aluminum. This would certainly be a beneficial change for cutting down on base weight and improving fuel economy.

The grille appears to have changed a bit as well, taking on a trapezoidal shape. The perimeter of the grille is also camouflaged, suggesting further changes around the grille edges. The lighting also appears to have been updated with LED units.

There’s no word yet on the powertrain, though we suspect some variant of the three-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. This will replace the dual-clutch PowerShift automatic currently in use for the 2017 model.

Spy photos from previous images also revealed some details about the interior. The pics show an interior similar in design to the 2017 Ford Fiesta.

The Ford Focus is a staple among the compact sedan car segment. It made the 10Best Cars list by Cars and Driver for 2012 and 2013.

Visit Folsom Lake Ford this summer to check out the compact sedan for yourself. Our Ford cars for sale near Sacramento, CA, include both consumer and commercial fleet vehicles.