2015 Ford Focus Sedan NYIAS

Posted by: Bernard Winkelmann onApril 16th, 2014

Today, Ford revealed the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan.   This follows the 3 and 5 door hatchbacks revealed in Geneva earlier this year.  The refresh brings the same styling cues, like the Aston Martin grill and squinty headlights that are currently seen on the Fusion sedan.

The Ford Focus is the best selling model in Ford’s stable world wide.  They sold nearly 1.1 million of them.  Over 400,000 of them were sold in China.

For an economy sedan, it is a great looking car and should give competitors like the Corolla and the Civic a good run for their money.  New for 2015 is 1.0 Ecoboost engine mated to a 6-speed manual.  This should give enthusiasts some rowing fun while saving lots of fuel in the process.

2015 brings about optional LED headlights and tail-lights as well as the usually update front and rear bumper treatments.

The SE package comes with revised dampers, 17 inch gloss black wheels, and paddle shifters.

For our extended winters in Canada, an all new heated steering wheel is a God send.  If I were in the market for a Focus sedan, that would be the only option I couldn’t live without.  Other interior feature include adjustable cup holders in the new center console, a 4.2 inch screen (8 inch with MyFord Touch).

With electric steering comes lane keeping assist that will actually intervene if you drift out of your lane.  This tech is usually reserved for higher end, non-economy cars.  Looks like technology is trickling down to the 99%.

For techno geeks that like their phones to integrate well with their cars, Ford has released an Enhanced SYNC AppLink that work with both Android and iOS.  60 apps are currently available.

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 owner 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

No word yet on the Focus ST.



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