In a push to retain strong global sales momentum Ford has restyled its popular Focus compact car for the 2015 model year. It’s on display for all to see at the New York International Auto Show.
Chances are the first thing you’ll notice is this vehicle’s front end; it’s got a restyled grille that makes it fit right in with the rest of the Blue Oval’s car lineup. Its resemblance to the Fusion and Fiesta is unmistakable and appreciated. In our opinion the 2015 model is much more attractive that the version that’s on sale right now.
But designers did more than just a facelift. Sure, it’s got new LED headlamps, but its tail lights have been restyled and upgraded with LEDs as well, plus it’s got a reworked trunk lid.
Additionally there’s an available SE Sport Package. This options group includes new body treatments, paddle sifters with the automatic transmission, revised suspension tuning and 17-inch wheels.
When it comes to powertrain news there’s not much to share at this time. A 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-banger will still be offered, but Ford has said American customers will be able to get their award-winning 1.0-liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine along with a new six-speed manual transmission. Thanks to advanced features and start-stop technology this drivetrain combination promises big fuel-economy figures.
As for output, this engine delivers 123 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque in the Fiesta subcompact, and we’d expect it to be identical in the 2015 Focus.
Inside, engineers have made the cabin quieter thanks to thicker carpets and glass, plus improved engine insulation. The design of the dashboard has been altered for a more upscale look and some of the controls have been made more intuitive.
Additionally there’s a standard rear-view camera with either a 4.2- or 8-inch display screen – depending on whether you have MyFord Touch or not; blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist are also available, as is a heated steering wheel. The company’s MyKey technology is standard across the board.
Now, just like today’s model U.S. customers will be able to choose between either four-door sedan or five-door hatchback body styles. The 2015 Ford Focus should go on sale in ‘Murica early next year.
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GALLERY: 2015 Ford Focus Sedan Live Photos
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