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Restyled 2015 Ford Focus Models Bowing in New York City

Restyled 2015 Ford Focus Models Bowing in New York City

By Jeff Youngs, April 11, 2014
According to Ford and Polk registration data, the Focus is the best-selling model nameplate in the world. In order to ensure its continued appeal, the 2015 Ford Focus gets a thorough refresh that updates the car's styling, interior, driving dynamics, fuel economy, safety, infotainment system, and more.

Ford introduced the updated 2015 Focus 5-door hatchback and station wagon (not for U.S. sale) at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Now, at the 2014 New York Auto Show, the company reveals the 2015 Focus Sedan and Focus Electric models. Ford says it will debut a performance-tuned 2015 Focus ST at a later date.

Exterior styling enhancements on the new 2015 Ford Focus Sedan include a new hood, new grille, new bumpers, new LED lights, and a new trunk lid design. Especially in front, the 2015 Focus looks similar to both the smaller Fiesta and larger Fusion and Taurus models, bringing it into line design-wise with Ford's family of cars.

Ford says the 2015 Focus features an interior that is quieter, more intuitive, and more upscale than before. More modern colors, cleaner materials, and Satin Chrome detailing are designed to enhance the cabin, which includes a new center console with adjustable cup holders and greater storage capacity. A heated steering wheel is a new option, and the available Sync AppLink technology now offers more than 60 downloadable apps for Android and iOS platforms.

Ford's programmable MyKey safety technology is now standard for all 2015 Focus models, along with a reversing camera. New options include a blind-spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert and a lane-keeping system. The latter technology produces vibrations through the steering wheel that feel similar to a rumble strip when the Focus is drifting from its lane, and actively applies steering if the driver doesn't take corrective action.

Engines and transmissions are carried over from the previous Focus, but Ford is making its award-winning, turbocharged, 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine available as an option. The automaker says this engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox and includes automatic start/stop technology, and that it will deliver class-leading fuel economy among non-hybrid compact cars.

Additionally, Ford seeks to give the driver a more connected feeling to the road with the 2015 Focus, which gets new shocks, a revised rear suspension, and re-tuned electric steering. A revised SE Sport package now offers 17-in. aluminum wheels, modified suspension tuning, and appearance changes intended to give the car a sportier look. With the optional automatic transmission, this package also contains paddle shifters.

Expect the revamped 2015 Ford Focus to roll into dealer showrooms in late summer or early fall.

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