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2015 LZ Ford Focus to get EcoBoost engines

The 2015 LZ Ford Focus range will debut EcoBoost engines, improved safety, styling tweaks and specification improvements when it goes on-sale in October.

THE 2015 LZ FORD FOCUS range will, for the first time, run EcoBoost engines when it goes on-sale in October. Standard across the range is a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine producing 132kW and 240Nm (more powerful than the 2.0L engine it replaces) and will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission – stop/start will be standard. Fuel consumption stretches from 5.8-6.4L/100km depending on the model – performance and fuel consumption is based on 95-98RON fuel.

The automatic transmission is standard on Trend Sedan and Titanium Hatch and Sedan and cost-optional on the Trend Hatch and Sport Hatch.

In addition to the new engine, the 2015 Focus gets a stiffer front-end, revised suspension, returned shock absorbers and tweaked electric power-assist steering and a re-calibrated stability control.

“Complementing the powerful EcoBoost technology is a stylish and sophisticated look and an enhanced list of standard features like voice-activated SYNC2 connectivity with 8-inch high-resolution colour screen, satellite navigation and rear view camera that will make the 2015 Focus a compelling reason for customers to put it on their shopping lists,” said Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman.

The 2015 Focus also offers Ford’s MyKey system (which allows parents to pre-set specific functions, like top speed, radio volume and more) as well as key driver assistance technology that has been standardised across select models. 

Apart from the active and passive safety features available on the 2015 LZ Ford Focus, there are a range of new driver assistance features. Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are new additions on the Focus Titanium, along with an enhanced Active City Stop system as standard. A standard feature on the Titanium Hatch and Sedan, Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing from parking spaces if other vehicles are about to cross their path.

On Titanium models Ford’s Active City Stop collision avoidance system has been enhanced and now operates at speeds of up to 50km/h. Active City Stop readies the brakes if a potential impact is detected and – if the driver does not respond – will automatically apply the brakes.

Also featuring on Titanium models is Enhanced Active Park Assist featuring Perpendicular Parking, which enables drivers to detect suitably-sized parallel parking spaces and reverse hands-free into spaces parallel to the road and side-to-side with other vehicles.

The crayon twirlers have tweaked the inside and outside of the new Focus, and the look now matches in with the Fiesta and Mondeo. It gets, for instance, new-look headlights, grille, bonnet and fog lights. The tail-gate has been reshaped while Sport and Titanium models get a bodykit which includes a large rear spoiler. Like the Mondeo, the aim on the inside of the Focus was to de-clutter the central stack, a new steering wheel has been fitted, too.

FOCUS MODEL FEATURES AND SERIES

Focus Trend (Hatch and Sedan)

Powertrain

•1.5-litre EcoBoost engine

•6-speed manual transmission standard on Hatch model (not available on Trend Sedan)

•6-speed automatic transmission standard on Sedan model, optional on Hatch model

Exterior Features

•16-inch Alloy Wheels

•Day Time Running Lights (non LED)

•Fog lamps

•Active Grille Shutters

•Full-size steel spare wheel

Driver Assist

•Hill Launch Assist

•Rear Parking sensors

Interior Features

Comfort and Convenience

•Cruise Control with speed limiter

•Cloth Seats

•60/40 Split Rear Seats

•Driver and front passenger lumbar support

Infortainment

•SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance

•High-resolution 8’’ Colour Touch Screen

•Bluetooth3 with audio streaming

•Natural language Voice Control for phone, music, climate and navigation controls

•Satellite Navigation with ‘one shot’ destination entry via Voice Control

•6-speaker audio

•USB and RCA inputs

Safety

•Rear View Camera

•Ford MyKey

•Power Rear Child Locks

•Driver and Front Passenger Airbags

•Side Front Thorax and Curtain Airbags

•Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist ( EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Focus Sport Hatch

Powertrain                              

•1.5-litre EcoBoost engine

•6-speed manual transmission

•Optional: 6-speed automatic

Includes following additional features over Focus Trend:

Exterior Features

•17-inch Alloy Wheels

•Sports tuned suspension

•Rear LED tail lamps

•Day Time Running Lights (LED)

•Follow-me-home lighting

•Puddle lamps

•Power fold exterior mirrors

•Chrome belt line moulding

Sports Bodykit      

•Front & Rear extensions

•Side Skirts

•Sports rear spoiler

•Mini Spare wheel

Interior features

Comfort and Convenience

•Dual-Zone Climate Control

•Ambient Lighting

•Leather covered steering wheel and gear shifter

•Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror

•Keyless Entry and Push Button Start

•Auto Headlamps

•Rain-sensing Wipers

Infotainment

•Sony-branded audio with 9-speakers

•DAB+

Focus Titanium (Hatch and Sedan)

Powertrain                              

•1.5-litre EcoBoost engine

•6-speed automatic

Includes following additional features over Focus Sport:

Exterior features

•18-inch Alloy Wheels

•Front parking sensors

Interior features

Comfort and Convenience

•Sports Seats

•Leather appointed seats

Driver Assistance

•Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

•Enhanced Active Park Assist

•Active City Stop

Factory Options

A Convenience Pack is available as an option on Trend models – Hatch and Sedan.

This provides:

•Auto wipers

•Auto headlamps

•Auto dimming rear view mirror

•Follow-me-home-lighting

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