We’ve already seen the facelifted Ford Focus hatchback and estate at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, and now the updated sedan version has come into view, a week before the 2014 New York Auto Show. So, how do you like that new rear end?
Compared to the outgoing model, the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan gets a more rounded, slimmer set of lights. Much has been said about the Kia Cerato mimicking the Focus Sedan’s tail lamps, and now it looks like Ford is returning the favour with this mid-life facelift.
The rest of the car is as per the refreshed European hatchback and estate models, although the American-market example shown wears bigger, US-spec wing mirrors. This bright blue example gives us a look at the Focus’ reflector headlight option and de-chromed Aston Martin-inspired grille too.
Inside, it gets the same dashboard revisions – new steering wheel, larger 8.0-inch MyFord Touch SYNC 2 display and a relocated handbrake lever (to free up more space for the new American-friendly cupholders). This particular model also shows the updated Sony-branded audio buttons.
Mechanically, chassis tweaks and a re-tuned electric power steering is said to improve its driving dynamics. Refinement should be enhanced too, with changes to the suspension system, better engine-bay insulation, plus thicker carpets and window glass.
New to the American market will be the 1.0 litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which is tuned to offer 123 hp and a maximum of 197 Nm of torque in the States. Funnily enough, the new mill can only be paired to a six-speed manual transmission. In auto-loving US of A, that’s a bold move.