2015 FORD FOCUS REVEALED: UPDATED 11:30am Feb 24.
2015 Focus: New styling, new technologies, new engines.
Today's online unveiling reveals that the new model's styling updates will focus largely on the front end, with sharpened headlights and Ford’s new Aston-like grille design.
The rear has not gone untouched however, picking up subtly narrower tail-lights and a softened design around the hatch’s handle area.
It's a similar story for the wagon, with the same updated face and a subtly revised rear-end. (See gallery.)
In the cabin, there’s a streamlined new centre console with fewer buttons and a large new touchscreen display.
A new three-spoke steering wheel design is featured, along with a redesigned centre console and new trim options.
"The vision was to add more emotion to the design of Focus," Ford of Europe's executive design director Martin Smith said.
"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."
The updated Focus will also be the first European model to offer the new SYNC 2 infotainment system, including a high-resolution eight-inch display and advanced voice control functions.
The system will also include a split-screen display function, with the second pane offering details on intersections, junctions and 3D landmarks.
A new "one-shot" voice-command navigation function will feature, and a similar control will allow the driver to tell the system to play a desired artist or song.
New driving tech in the 2014 Focus will include the Perpendicular Parking system, building on the existing Park Assist that debuted with the Focus.
Perpendicular Parking will allow the driver to reverse into spaces alongside other cars, with the same hands-free approach used by Park Assist.
The new system's rear sensors also bring new Cross Traffic Alert functions for safer reversing out of parking spaces, with a radar range of 40 metres.
Like Active City Stop, Pre-Collision issues warnings if a collision risk is detected, and applies the brakes if the driver does not take action.
Ford's MyKey system will also hit the updated Focus, allowing owners to program a key with restrictions on top speed, audio volume limits and driving restrictions if seatbelts are not fastened.
The system can also disallow the deactivating of electronic stability control and active city stop.
Other new features include an upgraded Adaptive Front Lighting and new bi-Xenon HID headlights.
For 2014/2015, European-market Focus models will see fuel consumption improvements up to 19 percent for the diesel line, and up to 17 percent on the petrol side.
The updated Focus will be first model in Europe to get Ford's 110kW and 132kW 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol options, along with 70kW and 88kW 1.5 TDCi diesel options.
The 73kW and 88kW 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine options will continue to be offered, with current three-cylinder models making up a third of Focus orders in Europe.
Speaking with TMR today, Ford Australia's Martin Gunsberg said that local timing and spec is still to be confirmed, although he conceded the updated model will appear here later rather than sooner.
We expect either a late 2014 or early 2015 launch.
In Australia, the current Focus range is offered with 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol engines, along with a 2.0 litre diesel.
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