Ford’s worldwide bread-and-butter vehicle will debut in sedan form next week at the New York Auto Show.
This year, New York Auto Show atendees will get their first look at the car with the comapny’s new corporate design. Ford already showed the refreshed Focus as a three-door hatchback and five-door wagon during the Geneva Motor Show in March. But the new look isn’t the only change U.S. customers can look forward to.
Ford will also begin offering its 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. That’s the same powerplant also currently offered in the Fiesta and several other vehicles worldwide including the Mondeo (essentially the Fusion here). Late last year, a Ford spokesman hinted that its global product strategy for the 1.0-liter mill could probably be applied to future plans for the U.S., but delinced to elaborate. Fuel economy figures are still unreleased, and the company is understandably being cautious about claiming specific numbers after being ridiculed for its C-Max and Fusion hybrid consumption claims. Still, it “expects the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Focus to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact vehicles.”
Other key changes for the car include a new “SE” sport package that will offer a revised suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, new body treatments and paddle shifters for models with an automatic transmission. Presumably, the new cladding will include the spoiler pictured.
The comapny will also begin offering a heated steering wheel and 10 varieties of wheels from the factory. Ford’s MyKey system will be offered as standard equipment on all models.
Long before government mandates come into effect, the Focus will enter 2015 with a standard rearview camera. Other available safety systems include blind spot monitoring and a lane-keeping feature that will prevent the car from drifting out of its current lane. Pricing is still unannounced.
GALLERY: 2015 Ford Focus Sedan
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