Ford will debut the 2015 Focus sedan and the Focus Electric in New York. This reveal follows the Geneva Motor Show debut in March of the Focus three- and five-door hatchback and wagon.
Ford added a new version of the performance Focus ST will be shown later this year.
The redesigned Ford Focus offers, according to the manufacturer, a bolder exterior design, a more intuitive and upscale interior, a host of technologies uncommon for a compact car and the additional powertrain option of Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a new six-speed manual transmission in the U.S.-spec Focus.
“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest offering will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment – on the road and in what they’ll save at the pump.”
While U.S. 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 vehicles.
For 2015, Ford added an SE Sport Package, which includes new body treatments, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, a revised touring suspension, 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels and P215/50 HR-17 tires.
Also notable for 2015, Ford’s MyKey feature will be standard on all trim levels. An all-new heated steering wheel will be available as well as 10 different wheels as factory options.
Talking about options, Ford revealed an interesting fact: while the latest Focus is essentially the same worldwide, color preference varies: in the U.S. market, Sterling Gray is the most popular at 21 percent of sales, with Tuxedo Black second at 15 percent; in China, Crystal Solid White is overwhelmingly the most popular with just more than 50 percent of sales. Candy Red is second at 17 percent.
While Ford gave a lot of information about the Focus sedan, it barely mentioned the Focus EV, simply stating its presence in NY. We strongly suspect it is because the EV version already sported most of the visual differences the sedan now receives and because not much has changed powertrain-wise.
We could be proved wrong next week on the Focus EV front, so come back here in the middle of next week for an update that will confirm or infirm our suspicions.