Following the debut of the 2015 Ford Focus in hatchback guise at last month’s 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has now revealed the 2015 Focus sedan and 2015 Focus Electric. The full range is on show this week at the 2014 New York Auto Show and will reach showrooms later in the year.
Changes to the Focus range are extensive, with new styling themes for the exterior, a new engine option and more tech features all included in this mid-cycle update. The most obvious change is the styling at the front, which now more closely resembles Ford’s passenger car family look and adds a bit of sport to the Focus's character. The headlights get a high-tech look while the grille has been positioned higher. At the rear, the lights have been shrunk slightly and fitted with new graphics.
For 2015, Focus buyers will also be able to choose a new SE Sport Package, which includes new body treatments, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, a revised suspension setup, 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels and size 215/50 tires.
Inside, colors and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims and switches, and an available heated steering wheel. Standard on Focus for the first time, the rearview camera will appear on either a 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen that comes with MyFord Touch-equipped cars. Also standard is Ford’s MyKey nanny system.
Buyers will be able to add some extras, including electronic driver-assist features such as lane-keeping and blind spot-monitoring systems. The 2015 Focus also benefits from an enhanced version of the SYNC AppLink system that now has more than 60 apps available on both the Apple App Store and Android market. Finally, Ford says passengers in the 2015 Focus will also enjoy a quieter ride, achieved by thicker carpets and side window glass and improved engine-bay insulation.
In the powertrain department, buyers of the 2015 Focus will now be able to select the 1.0-liter EcoBoost already offered in the Fiesta. American specifications for the tiny direct-injected and turbocharged engine are yet to be released but expect it to match the 123 horsepower and 148 pounds-feet of torque of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost offered in the Fiesta. A six-speed manual will be the only transmission option for this engine. While EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available, Ford expects the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Focus to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars.
Other options include the existing 2.0-liter mill, good for 160 horsepower, and the 107-kilowatt (143-horsepower) electric motor of the Focus Electric.
The Focus variant we’re most interested in, the high-performance ST, will be shown later in the year and will feature many of the same updates you see here. Expect its power rating to remain at the 252-horsepower level of the existing model. Sadly, we’re unlikely to see the oft-rumored RS anytime soon, as development of the car is now thought to have been stalled.
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