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2015 Ford Focus revised, includes new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine

By Bob Nagy on February 26, 2014 3:49 PM
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Revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain but heading to Geneva for its first public appearance, the 2015 Ford Focus bolsters its competitive position with revised styling, new features and enhanced efficiency thanks to the availability of the automaker's 1.0-liter EcoBoost  engine.  Pictured in European trim, the car goes on sale here during the second half of 2014. 

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New Face for Focus

The most obvious changes to the 2015 Focus are seen in its fascia treatments. Up front, the redo brings a new grille, hood and sleeker looking headlights/fog lamps that impart a more Fusion-like character to the appearance on the both the sedan and the 5-door models that will be part of the U.S. lineup. The look is also similar to the Ford Focus EV. The rear revamp introduces a similar kind of sophisticated flair with slimmer taillamps and a revised trunk lid and liftgate. Inside, the cabin offers new color and trim combinations set off by satin chrome accents, a revised center console and an easier-to-access glovebox. A heated steering wheel also joins the option roster while rearview camera becomes standard-issue across the entire 2015 Focus lineup. Ford's global best-selling compact model offers enhanced SYNC/MyFord Touch capabilities as well, thanks to new SYNC AppLink apps for both Apple and Android-based smart devices. 

Already a popular alterative in Europe where it's now selected by 32 percent of all Focus buyers, the award-winning 1.0-liter/3-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be sold here alongside the current 2.0-liter/160-horsepower direct-injected/naturally aspirated 4-cylinder that remains the base engine. While confirming the new turbocharged unit will be teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission, Ford has yet to reveal its output (it makes 123 horses in the 2014 Fiesta) or official EPA numbers, which should handily exceed the 40-mpg highway figure of the 2.0-liter. 

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Chassis Also Revamped

Regardless of powertrain, all 2015 Focus models also benefit from a comprehensive chassis retuning that includes revised shock absorber valving to reduce cabin noise, revamped rear suspension bushings that enhance road feel and a less intrusive electronic stability control system.  The new Focus also will offer a Blind Spot Information System as well as lane-keeping assist. 

Expect final trim details plus pricing and EPA numbers for all members of the 2015 Ford Focus lineup to be released closer to their arrival in showrooms. 

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