Having briefly shown the 2015 Focus Hatchback last month, Ford has unveiled the refreshed 2015 Focus Hatch and Focus Electric ahead of the updated vehicles’ official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show next week.
The revised Focus has received several revisions for 2014, including exterior styling changes, new technologies and an all-new engine option. The most immediately-apparent change to the compact lineup comes in the way of the all-new front fascia, which has adopted a new grille with styling cues taken from the Fusion sedan and Fiesta subcompact. The new grille is also flanked by a pair of all-new LED headlights, while the rear has new, slimmer taillights, and a restyled trunk lid.
The 2015 Focus also sees the addition of a new SE Sport Package, which includes a new ground effects pack, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, a revised ‘touring suspension’, and 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels wrapped in size 215/50 tires.
Possibly the most important update to the freshened Focus line is the addition of the heralded 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine already offerred in the Fiesta. The engine has been offered on the European-market Focus, but not yet on the Focus in the U.S. Ford says the 1.0-liter three-banger will be only be available with a six-speed manual transmission and will also come standard with an automatic Stop-Start system to help further boost fuel efficiency.
Occupants of the Focus will notice a quieter ride, thanks to thicker carpets and side window glass, along with improved engine-bay insulation. When equipped with MyFord Touch, the Focus will also sport a 4.2-inch screen or an available 8-inch screen complete with a rear-view backup camera. A Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and a Lane Departure Warning system are also available as options.
The 2015 Focus is expected to arrive at dealerships in the second half of this year. Pricing has yet to be announced, although we don’t expect it to be far from the $17,635 base price of the 2014 Ford Focus.