2015 Ford Focus was officially revealed. The facelift comes with a design inspired by Fiesta and Fusion / Mondeo, but also with a lot of innovative technologies for the compact segment.
Following the past few years trend when the majority car manufacturers have launched new models at electronics and technology exhibitions, 2015 Ford Focus was revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Blue Oval hurries to get us acquainted with its C-segment model facelift, although 2014 Geneva Motor Show is only one week away.
2015 Ford Focus – Design & Engine
The design is fresh, with a front that fits the new Ford car design philosophy, alongside Fiesta and Fusion / Mondeo. More precisely, 2015 Ford Focus adopts the large trapezoidal grille, repositions just below the projectors and comes with a new spoiler. The optical blocks were redesigned as well, now being more sharper and more angular, but with the same LED wand on top.
The bonnet has new ribs, while the rear received new muscular lines on the tailgate. No shortage of chrome trims, designed to suggest more elegance. The tail lights also come equipped with LED lights.
The interior of the 2015 Ford Focus will consider customers’ feedback. Designers have reduced the number of buttons and placed them more intuitive. Ergonomics is improving, the steering wheel seems somewhat freely and the dashboard is animated by a completely new multimedia system.
Ford promises better materials – soft and shiny plastic or chrome inserts. 2015 Ford Focus will also be available with a new armrest that slides. The interior soundproofing has increased thanks to the thicker glass, new rugs and the engine compartment lining.
8-inch Touchscreen and SMS reader
The dashboard is refreshed by an 8-inch touchscreen, part of the Sync2 multimedia system, of the second generation. It is the novelty that Ford clients expected, considering that many compact models came with colour touchscreen even for the standard versions (Volkswagen Golf, Mazda3).
The main gadget that Ford wants to emphasis is the Voice Control. It can call numbers from the phonebook, can select a specific music track, can adjust the air conditioning temperature, or can enter the destination for the navigation system. Furthermore, just saying the word “hungry” the system will provide a number of restaurants, based on the Michelin Guide recommendations.
When connected to a mobile phone, Sync 2 can read incoming messages on your phone and even can respond with predefined SMSs.
Ford’s Auto Parking system and other Safety features
Regarding the safety features, 2015 Ford Focus raises with new technologies, many of them completely new in the segment. Among them is Perpendicular Parking, a feature that helps parking backwards between two vehicles.
Another novelty is the Cross Traffic Alert systems that warns the driver when going backwards from a parking lot. The system detects cars running at the moment, within 40 meters (130 ft) proximity range. The rear sensors help the Park-Out Assist, the system responsible for backwards driving maneuver. For this operation, the steering wheel is automatically released and the driver only needs to manage the throttle and the brake.
Active City Stop function prevents urban accidents at low-speed, improved, working now even at speeds of 50 km/h (30 mph). Also a first in the safety features list is the Distance Alert which allows to select a distance from the cars in front and warns the driver when it is lowered.
2015 Ford Focus NEW: engines, steering and suspension
Criticised by some customers for a more relaxed steering mechanism than the previous generation, 2015 Ford Focus comes with a number of major mechanical revisions. Ford engineers modified the structural rigidity of the front, revised the suspension geometry readjusting dampers and offering a new ESP system. The electric steering has also been modified for a better feedback.
Important novelties regarding engines. Ford will keep the 1.0-liter petrol units of 100 and 125 horsepower. Voted Engine of the Year in 2012 and 2013, it will be accompanied by the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost, available in two power versions: 150 and 180 horsepower. Gradually, it will replace the old 1.6-liter EcoBoosts.
Diesel fans will have their share of novelties. Ford introduces a 1.5-liter TDCi engine, also available in two power versions: 95 and 120 horsepower. The first will have only 99 g/km CO2 emissions, and the second 120 g/km.
The engines will be further assisted either by a manual transmission or an automatic Powershift. Those who opt for the automatic transmission will have paddle shifters, positioned behind the steering wheel.
6-speed (din 2015)
The 2015 Ford Fiesta facelift will hit the market only in the fourth quarter of 2014. More precisely, starting with the end of summer, when the Romanian Ford plant (Craiova) will start sending to the factories that assemble the new Focus, the first1.5-liter EcoBoost engines.
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New Focus delivers sleek, emotional new design with the bold new face of Ford and a beautifully crafted cockpit-like interior
Upgraded powertrain line-up for Europe includes new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine; fuel economy improved by as much as 19 per cent over current Focus. Focus also will offer a 99 g/km CO2 version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost
New Focus includes the European debut of SYNC 2, Ford’s advanced in-car connectivity system that features high-resolution colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones
New Focus is the first Ford globally to offer the new hands-free Perpendicular Parking technology, which helps drivers reverse into spaces side-to-side with other cars; Improved Active City Stop now works at speeds of up to 50 km/h
Acclaimed Focus drive dynamics improved with stiffer front end, revised suspension, retuned shock absorbers, Electric Power Assist Steering and new Electronic Stability Programme
BARCELONA, Feb. 24, 2014 – The new Ford Focus elevates the world’s best-selling nameplate with a bolder, more emotive exterior design, a finely crafted, intuitive new interior, a suite of life-enhancing new technologies and major fuel economy improvements.
Debuting today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Focus’s sporty character and driving appeal is burnished by a striking horizontal grille, a cockpit-inspired interior and available paddle shifters. The new Focus, on sale from the second half of 2014, also marks the European debut of SYNC 2, Ford’s advanced in-car connectivity system, as well as the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines.
“We weren’t satisfied with being No. 1; we wanted to blow people away with a stunning new version of the Focus,” said Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “New Focus marries modern design, advanced technology and leading fuel efficiency with the fun-to-drive DNA for which Focus is rightly acclaimed.”
Ford first launched the Focus in 1998 and since then more than 12 million have been sold worldwide, including 6.9 million in Europe. The current Focus was confirmed last month as the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate based on Ford’s analysis of the Polk registration data for the first nine months of 2013. Ford estimates Focus sales globally reached 1.1 million in 2013, including more than 300,000 in China, making it the best-selling passenger car in the fastest-growing new car market in the world.
Ford has crafted a more sophisticated and advanced Focus with a redesign that reflects the One Ford global design language that carries through the new Mondeo and Fiesta.
Available in additional new exterior colours Deep Impact Blue and Glace Blue, the new Focus has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille. The bonnet is sculpted with a dynamic shape from the front pillar to the corners of the upper part of the inverted trapezoid grille to deliver a strong, proud look.
Slimmer, more chiselled front headlamps and more rectangular, elongated fog-lamps add to the bolder front end. Subtle chrome details add to the feeling of elegance while the rear of the car also is sleeker with a new fascia and tailgate arrangement, as well as thinner tail lamps.
“The vision was to add more emotion to the design of Focus,” said Martin Smith, executive design director, Ford of Europe. “The new Focus is more toned, and more athletic, with more refined surface language; and clearly offers a promise of the drive experience to come.”
When redesigning the interior of the new Focus, Ford listened to consumer feedback and responded with a more intuitive layout, complemented by a steering wheel and central stack with fewer controls and switches. The new black satin trim and chrome detailing contribute to a cleaner, more modern look, and more logical and intuitive functions.
The new centre storage console offers more space as well as a new sliding, integrated armrest. The new adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups with the capacity to simultaneously hold a 1-litre water bottle and a 0.4-litre cup. New Focus customers also will enjoy a quieter ride, achieved by thicker carpets, thicker side window glass, and improved engine bay insulation.
“We’ve responded to a clear customer desire for more simplicity inside the car, creating a clearer visual connection between the key components and significantly reducing the number of buttons in the cabin,” Smith added.
Touch screen control with SYNC 2
The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer SYNC 2. Ford’s advanced in-car connectivity system features a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones.
SYNC 2’s navigation system also offers for the first time in Europe a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction and landmark views, and the MICHELIN guide and MICHELIN Green Guide. SYNC 2 enables drivers to issue simpler “one-shot” navigation destinations, and to ask the system to “play” a desired artist. Simply pushing the voice control button and saying “I’m hungry” will bring up a list of local restaurants, which you can then get directions to.
Advanced driving technologies
The new Focus takes the model’s acclaimed fun-to-drive DNA up a level with enhanced handling and steering. Ford engineers have delivered a more solid, responsive and connected-to-the-road feel by increasing the structural stiffness at the front, revising the suspension geometry, increasing lateral stiffness of “steering-relevant” suspension bushes, retuning the shock absorbers and incorporating a new Electronic Stability Programme. The Electric Power Assist Steering also has been retuned to make the driver feel even more connected to the road.
The new Focus is the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars.
The current Focus introduced parallel parking aid Active Park Assist that, at the push of a button, uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. The addition of two new sensors to the rear of the new Focus enables Perpendicular Parking to operate in the same way.
The extra sensors also enable Ford to offer for the first time in Europe technologies that help drivers as they manoeuvre out of parking spaces:
Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them. Operating with radar at a range of up to 40 metres (131 feet), the system will issue three distinct warning signals if it detects a vehicle approaching
Park-Out Assist helps drivers as they exit a parallel parking space. After the driver has chosen either the left or right hand side the system operates the steering while the driver operates the accelerator and brake
Ford also has improved its popular Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which pre-charges the brakes and – if the driver still does not respond – reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions. It has been enhanced to operate at speeds of up to 50 km/h, compared to 30 km/h with the current version.
Ford also is introducing to Europe the Pre-Collision Assist system. This works in a similar way to Active City Stop but with a much greater vehicle detection range to support the driver at higher speeds, for example on the motorway, by issuing warnings and if necessary applying braking.
The current Adaptive Cruise Control technology enables Focus drivers to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead, even when that vehicle is travelling more slowly than the cruise speed. For occasions when Adaptive Cruise Control is not active, Ford is now introducing to Europe for the first time the new Distance Alert and Indication system, which enables drivers to set a preferred distance they would like to maintain with the vehicle ahead. Should the driver get any closer, the system issues a three-stage dashboard display warning – from grey to yellow to red before a chime is sounded.
New Focus also will be equipped for the first time with Ford’s MyKey technology. MyKey enables owners to programme a key – usually for younger drivers – that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable it altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. The system can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and Active City Stop, which can help mitigate or prevent low-speed collisions.
Lighting the way
The improved Adaptive Front Lighting System now adjusts the beams of the new Bi-Xenon HID headlamps to best suit the road layout. The system assesses the ambient light surrounding a vehicle, as well as objects in the road ahead and then adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to one of seven settings depending on the vehicle’s speed, steering angle and distance to an object in front.
At high speeds, such as on a motorway, the headlights will be raised to project a longer, straighter beam for visibility further ahead; in towns where speeds are lower and street lighting more intense, the beam will spread out downwards to more intensely illuminate the road immediately ahead. When cornering at lower speeds, the system will project a beam towards the side of the road to make cyclists and pedestrians more visible. The system will support drivers cornering at higher speeds by directing light further into the bend.
The new Focus will continue to offer previously introduced innovative features that drivers have come to appreciate and rely on, such as Door Edge Protector, which provides a buffer against accidental damage by extending a protective flap that covers the door edges a split-second after the door is opened.
“New Focus offers a host of new and cutting-edge features and technologies, but at the same time this latest version has been refined and simplified,” said Sherif Marakby, vehicle line director, Ford of Europe. “The sophisticated redesign has given Focus a new, fresh and modern style both inside and out, but the soul of Focus is the fun-to-drive feeling you get when you’re behind the wheel, and we’ve not compromised on that – in fact, we’ve improved it.”
Fuel efficient new engines
The new Focus offers significantly improved fuel efficiency on many versions compared to the current model thanks to new powertrain options. The most improved diesel model will offer a 19 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, while the most improved petrol model will offer a 17 per cent improvement.
The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer the fuel efficient new 1.5-litre EcoBoost (150 PS and 180 PS) petrol engine and also will be offered equipped with the new 1.5-litre TDCi (95 PS and 120 PS) diesel engine. The Focus will continue to be offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (100 PS and 125 PS) that last year was chosen by a third of Focus customers, and was named the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year. There will also be a new version of the 99 g/km CO2 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to offer sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions.
The 120 PS 1.5-litre diesel PowerShift automatic that will be introduced next year will offer a 19 per cent improvement compared to the equivalent-powered current Focus. The new Focus equipped with the automatic transmission and award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that also will be introduced next year will offer a 17 per cent improvement over the equivalent powered engine it will replace. A 150 PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel model will show a 14 per cent improvement when specified with a manual gearbox (13 per cent with an automatic transmission).
“Diesel or petrol, the new Focus will offer engines that deliver a compelling combination of significantly improved fuel efficiency and surprising power – as well as the zero-emissions option offered by the Focus Electric, our electrified version,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will directly benefit from technologies pioneered by the 1.0-litre EcoBoost – including an entirely new cylinder head design with improved cooling and integrated exhaust manifold for best possible performance and fuel efficiency, and reductions in weight and friction of both internal components and accessories to help deliver a more economical, smoother-running and freer-revving engine.”
The new Focus also will be available with paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to control gear changes while keeping their hands on the steering wheel. Paddle-shift controls will be available as an option with all automatic and PowerShift transmissions, both diesel and petrol.
To meet growing customer demand for Focus, which is sold in more than 140 markets, Ford has now ramped up capacity worldwide to build the car in eight plants on four continents. Factories in Germany, U.S., Russia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Argentina have a combined capacity to produce more than 1.5 million Focus vehicles annually at a rate of more than two vehicles per minute. In Europe, Ford builds a new Focus every 90 seconds.
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* The Ford Focus is the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world, based on Ford’s analysis of the latest Polk global vehicle registration data through the third quarter of 2013.
** New Ford Focus provisional powertrain line-up in the UK:
CAPACITY POWER TRANSMISSION
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 100 PS five-speed manual
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 125 PS six-speed manual
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 125 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 150 PS six-speed manual
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 150 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 180 PS six-speed manual
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 180 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 85 PS five-speed manual
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 105 PS five-speed manual
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 125 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic
1.5L ECOnetic diesel 105 PS six-speed manual
1.5L TDCi diesel 120 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic (2015)
1.6L TDCi diesel 95 PS six-speed manual
1.6L TDCi diesel 115 PS six-speed manual
2.0L TDCi diesel 150 PS six-speed manual
2.0L TDCi diesel 150 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic
Electric 145 PS single-speed automatic
World’s Best-Selling Nameplate Gets Even Better: Ford Reveals Sophisticated New Focus with 1.0-Liter EcoBoost
- Redesigned Ford Focus delivers new exterior design, completely revised interior and advanced new technologies for improved customer comfort and safety
- 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine raises the competitive bar for fuel efficiency
- New Focus will offer driver-assist technology including a standard rearview camera, along with available lane-keeping system and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®)
The 2015 Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling nameplate, is expected to hold onto this coveted title with a bold new look that emulates other recent Ford vehicle designs and more advanced technologies that improve driver comfort and safety.
The new look and added technologies were revealed today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.
“We have taken the title of world’s best-selling nameplate to impressive new heights with the redesigned Focus,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas. “Its combination of compelling, modern design and the most high-tech interior in the class will appeal to contemporary consumers who desire a small car with very sophisticated features. What makes Focus so attractive to consumers today – being great to drive, delivering exceptional fuel economy and value, and offering leading-edge in-car technologies – is amplified with the new Focus.”
Award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost
In addition to a host of styling and technological advances, the new Focus will offer the remarkably efficient, fun-to-drive, award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with a six-speed transmission – surpassing the fuel efficiency of the previous model, and once again raising the bar amongst the competition. Twice already, automotive journalists have named Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant International Engine of the Year, for 2012 and 2013.
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment – on the road and at the pump.”
The smallest engine in the company’s growing EcoBoost family will increase the choice for Ford customers in the United States, as Fiesta is already available with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
In Europe, where it is already on five nameplates, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of Fiesta sales this year. Robust demand for the 1.0-liter in Europe has prompted Ford to double production capacity at its state-of-the-art plant in Cologne, Germany, to more than 1,000 engines a day.
EcoBoost technology combines smaller-displacement engines with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and proprietary Ford software to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines can deliver significantly better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.
Stylish new Focus
The new Focus will arrive with a more stylish, bold look. It features a restyled hood and grille, signature lighting for the headlamps and taillamps, new rear lamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid. Four-door and five-door versions will be available in the United States.
Inside, colors and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims, switches and an available heated steering wheel. Storage is improved with a new center console incorporating adjustable cupholders, and a new, easier-to-access glove box.
A package of sensors brings a new level of convenience for compact car customers by adding driver-assist technologies including a rearview camera and an available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) and lane-keeping system.
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.
BLIS uses two multiple-beam radar modules, the same used with cross-traffic alert, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels, one on each side. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror, providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.
Should a Focus driver start to drift out of the current lane without a turn signal on, the available lane-keeping system provides a warning through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip. If the unintended lane departure is not corrected by the driver, the aid function of the system actively applies steering torque to help the driver direct the car back toward the center of the current lane.
New Focus drivers will also have access to powerful new capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™.
Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Android market.
New functions include:
- Connected apps can access a variety of real-time vehicle data such as speed, acceleration, odometer and location information that can be used by the app to further customize and personalize the user experience. For example, access to the in-vehicle GPS signal can enable more precise and accurate location-based services than phone sensors
- More consistent user experience thanks to voice pass-through capability. This enables developers to use on-device or cloud-based voice-recognition systems to evaluate driver commands, meaning drivers can use the same set of voice commands to control an app when connected to the vehicle as they would use when not connected
- Notifications read aloud as a driver enters the car, with no need to touch the phone. Best of all, alerts are available any time a mobile device is connected to SYNC AppLink, even if the app is not currently active. This means a driver could get an alert about a traffic jam ahead while listening to the radio or using another app
In addition to the many advancements in exterior styling, interior design, powertrain and technology, the new Focus will also benefit from suspension and chassis upgrades. These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, a new electronic stability program system with less intrusion and improved comfort, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road.
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