2015 Ford Focus Facelift Revealed (Updated)

FEB 23 2014 BY JAY COLE 54

Planned as a new reveal at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, images have now leaked out of the Ford Focus refresh ahead of the event.  And as we know, what happens to the gas burning Focus, also happens to some degree to the Focus Electric as well.

Update:  Ford has now shown the ‘new’ Focus at the Mobile World Congress today (February 24th) in Barcelona, plus released a statement on the updated specs on the car (that press release at bottom of story)

Gone is the classic compact Focus look in favor of the more aggressive Fusion styling (or Mondeo if you are Euro-based).

2015 Ford Focus Interior v 2014 Ford Focus Interior

2015 Ford Focus Interior v 2014 Ford Focus Interior

Another thing we like is the much cleaner lines of the interior and the relocation of the parking brake – which was far too prominently placed in the outgoing model.  The new model will be available in the second half of this year.

Also revealed was the new Ford Focus Wagon (pictured far below).

2015 Focus Refresh (top) 2014 Focus Electric (bottom)

2015 Focus Refresh (top) 2014 Focus Electric (bottom)

 

2015 Ford Focus Refresh

2015 Ford Focus Refresh

2015 Ford Focus Interior Refresh Finally Relocates Parking Brake

2015 Ford Focus Interior Refresh Finally Relocates Parking Brake

2015 Ford Focus Wagon

2015 Ford Focus Wagon

Gallery: More of the Ford Focus Refresh for 2015:

Ford Press Release:

World’s Best-Selling Nameplate Gets Even Better: Ford Reveals Sophisticated New Focus with 1.0-Liter EcoBoost

  • Redesigned Ford Focus delivers new exterior design, completely revised interior and advanced new technologies for improved customer comfort and safety
  • 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine raises the competitive bar for fuel efficiency
  • New Focus will offer driver-assist technology including a standard rearview camera, along with available lane-keeping system and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®)

The 2015 Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling nameplate, is expected to hold onto this coveted title with a bold new look that emulates other recent Ford vehicle designs and more advanced technologies that improve driver comfort and safety.

The new look and added technologies were revealed today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry.

“We have taken the title of world’s best-selling nameplate to impressive new heights with the redesigned Focus,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president of The Americas. “Its combination of compelling, modern design and the most high-tech interior in the class will appeal to contemporary consumers who desire a small car with very sophisticated features. What makes Focus so attractive to consumers today – being great to drive, delivering exceptional fuel economy and value, and offering leading-edge in-car technologies – is amplified with the new Focus.”

Award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost

In addition to a host of styling and technological advances, the new Focus will offer the remarkably efficient, fun-to-drive, award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with a six-speed transmission – surpassing the fuel efficiency of the previous model, and once again raising the bar amongst the competition. Twice already, automotive journalists have named Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant International Engine of the Year, for 2012 and 2013.

“The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment – on the road and at the pump.”

The smallest engine in the company’s growing EcoBoost family will increase the choice for Ford customers in the United States, as Fiesta is already available with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

In Europe, where it is already on five nameplates, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of Fiesta sales this year. Robust demand for the 1.0-liter in Europe has prompted Ford to double production capacity at its state-of-the-art plant in Cologne, Germany, to more than 1,000 engines a day.

EcoBoost technology combines smaller-displacement engines with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and proprietary Ford software to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines can deliver significantly better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.

Stylish new Focus

The new Focus will arrive with a more stylish, bold look. It features a restyled hood and grille, signature lighting for the headlamps and taillamps, new rear lamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid. Four-door and five-door versions will be available in the United States.

Inside, colors and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims, switches and an available heated steering wheel. Storage is improved with a new center console incorporating adjustable cupholders, and a new, easier-to-access glove box.

Advanced technologies

A package of sensors brings a new level of convenience for compact car customers by adding driver-assist technologies including a rearview camera and an available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) and lane-keeping system.

Standard on Focus for the first time, the rearview camera will appear on either a 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen that comes with MyFord Touch®-equipped cars.

BLIS uses two multiple-beam radar modules, the same used with cross-traffic alert, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels, one on each side. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror, providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.

Should a Focus driver start to drift out of the current lane without a turn signal on, the available lane-keeping system provides a warning through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip. If the unintended lane departure is not corrected by the driver, the aid function of the system actively applies steering torque to help the driver direct the car back toward the center of the current lane.

SYNC AppLink

New Focus drivers will also have access to powerful new capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink.

Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Android market.

New functions include:

  • 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 user 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

In addition to the many advancements in exterior styling, interior design, powertrain and technology, the new Focus will also benefit from suspension and chassis upgrades. These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, a new electronic stability program system with less intrusion and improved comfort, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road.

The 2015 Ford Focus goes on sale in the second half of 2014.

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Big Solar

looking better…

Anon

The headlights are bulging out too far now… Starting to look Leafish. :p

DaveMart

And the back is looking Prius-like.
That’s aerogoddamics for you.

Bloggin

So true.

The current Focus hatch drag coefficient is .28, above the Fusion at .27. Prius liftback is .25. The C-MAX struggles with .30. Which is why it had the mpg drop to 45/40 from 47/47 of the sleeker Fusion hybrid.

It looks like Ford was working to bring the Focus hatch drag down to Fusion level or below, so it could offer similar or better hybrid mpg.

Anon

The rear looks fine… I just don’t believe the headlights changed for the same reasons as the Leaf claims, for their tumorous headlamps. There are other electric vehicles with significantly better aero–, and they don’t resort to sweeping the lamps out past the sheetmetal. It seems more of a contrived stylistic choice to help differentiate model years of the same vehicle. Ford is historically notorious for this.

But I really prefer the clean lines and stance of the current Ford EV front. Wonder if those in charge of the EV version of the 2015 MY refresh will “brave up” and use a nosecone instead of a fake ICE grill? Surely, Tesla does not own the idea. A large chromed Ford Logo on front, would make a bold statement from a long established automaker of internal combustion engine based vehicles, imho.

David Murray

Nissan never specifically claimed the headlight design was for aerodynamics in regards to overall drag. As far as I’ve ever heard, it was done to reduce wind noise. And while that may sound like it goes hand-in-hand with drag, it doesn’t have to be the same thing.

Aaron

Yes, Nissan did claim that. Several times they mentioned how their headlamps direct wind away from the side mirrors, helping reduce drag.

http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=6836

Bloggin
The 2015 Focus brings the compact car upscale a bit. Cleaning up the center stack and moving the parking brake which allows the stack to be more narrow, along with reducing the thickness of the interior door trim should also help the Focus feel more spacious. I expect there to be very little difference between the Focus Electric than the ICE Focus style wise, except for closing off the front grilles like they are today, and making the LED fog lamps standard. A Focus Electric Hatch and Focus Energi Hatch should do very well. Along with an expected Energi version of the popular Focus Wagon in Europe. Along with this refresh, it is expected that Ford will ‘allow’ more of the battery to be used, which should increase EV range from EPA 76 to 80+. Technology upgrades are also expected, like active park assist, and safety features like cross traffic alert/blind spot warning, etc. NOTE: It’s now expected the Focus Energi would have Max 25 miles, but the same EPA 21EV miles as the C-MAX/Fusion Energi. Since the report was from Europe where full range is always used. But with the Focus hatch having a lower drag coefficient than the… Read more »
DaveMart

Its apparent that you have some association with Ford.
That’s cool, and helpful to folk here.
However it is customary and helpful to state the nature of that association.
Cheers.

Anon

Don’t be fooled, Bloggin gets this stuff wrong all the time and it drives me nuts. I appreciate his thoughtful opinions, and he pays very careful attention to details which he repeats in the comments to good effect, often supporting or contradicting an article quite effectively. But the casual way he states his opinions and wishes as if they were insider facts crosses the line of propriety. Do not believe this load of wishful thinking that he just dumped in the comment above.

lewl

Looking nice.
Though I’m more interested to see if they reworked the junk-in-the-trunk for the EV. Finally got to see it in person at the auto show (current model), and it’s worse than I thought 🙁

Open-Mind

I agree that it looks great. The critical comparisons (above) to the Leaf and Prius baffle me.

I would gladly trade trunk space for more power/range. But my trunk is empty unless it’s carrying groceries.

Anon

Yeah, anyone wanting to load large, single items in the back– will be sorely disappointed. When Ford decided to install a “cargo organizer” right in the only bit of usable cargo space, they really just made the situation worse. 🙁

Here’s to hoping for improved battery packaging and improved cargo capacity in the updated Focus EV. 🙂

Foo

Actually, I don’t think they did.

Without the cargo organizer there to provide a large flat surface, carrying certain larger items might be a lot more cumbersome than without it. The organizer flips up to provide easy access to a deep “nook” that can fit a few grocery bags. I use this all the time. And fwiw, the cargo organizer can be completely removed to significantly enlarge the nook area. (Though I rarely do that.)

I think the whole trunk space issue is overblown, compared to the benefits of EV ownership. For most people, like myself, I rarely carry more than groceries in the back — 98% of the time, that’s what I’m doing. For this, the FFE’s trunk space is adequate. For other people, the space *may* be an issue, and they should look for a car that better fits their needs if that is really a major concern. But, for many, the FFE is a wonderful EV with relatively few compromises over a conventional car.

Anon

The cargo issue is a harsh reality, unfortunatly. I regularly transport motorized mobility aids that weigh in excess of 100 lbs., and they will NOT fit into the back of a FFEV– even with the flimsy foam cargo organizer removed. The sad truth of the matter is, the Ford EV has less usable cargo space than a New VW Beetle. And it isn’t terribly helpful for many potential owners, when a vehicle’s energy storage system is so poorly shoehorned intrusively into the cabin, that the converted vehicle physically can’t accomodate hauling anything more serious than a few bags of snacks. But I’m glad you’ve found an EV that fits your lifestyle…

lewl
Its not so much the number on paper, but the usable space. Not having fold flat really limits it. If it was less, but completely flat (volt), no problem. But with the big bump in the way, it really makes it difficult to carry large objects – (flat pack) furniture, skis, bikes, etc. Which is reasonable to expect someone might want to use a hatchback to carry. If it’s just groceries, of course it’s fine. Even if they could fill the trunk floor entirely, or made some sort of pivoting “L” pack (two hinged battery packs) which could fold flat with the seats, it would be a vast improvement in terms of shape of objects you can take. I think volt is going to be the winner for me, though. Since I like to ski, I could not only get away with one car (when going to far away hills = gas, local hills might still get in EV), the lack of middle seat is perfect for skis/boards down the middle. In a standard 60/40, two passengers are squished together to make room for the skis/boards in the folded seat area. In the focus you’d have not only the 60/40… Read more »
David Murray

Looking good. I noticed the Focus EV was conspicuously missing from the Dallas auto show yesterday. They did have the fusion and Cmax energi, though.

I’m anxious to see the Focus Energi as I greatly suspect it will be Ford’s best selling plug-in model. In fact, with a regular Focus hybrid and a Focus Energi I could see them stealing quite a few sales from Toyota.

Bloggin

It’s been removed from the UK website all together. It seemed to have launched last year and then quietly un-launched.

It’s still on the German website, but that could be because it’s manufactured there for Europe. Production of the Focus III facelift begins at Saarlouis in Sept.

Still waiting for Ford to update 2015 Focus production schedule, 2014 start date for Focus and Escape was July for NA. NA sales are struggling, so expecting a July schedule for NA, especially since C-MAX production is moved to December.

DanCar

Should we expect improvements in the electric drivetrain? Worst thing about it is that they put the batteries in the trunk space. Hopefully they made room for the batteries underneath in this version.

DaveMart

That’s the big one, for all that some like to claim that they only ever travel with a spare packet of tissues and a packet of sweets.

David Murray

I disagree.. I’ve had a close look at all 3 of Ford’s plug in models. While it is true they have less space than their gasoline counterparts, they still have very usable cargo area. The Fusion is hit the hardest due to the lack of a hatchback. But the Focus and Cmax still have very usable trunk areas.

My wife initially said it was a dealbreaker for her when she saw the photos of the Cmax Energi online. But when we test drove one in person, upon closer inspection, we realized we could put just about anything we wanted to back there and even she was okay with it. We ended up getting a new Leaf instead, but that was not the reason.

EV

Ford Fusion plug in has the same trunk space as my Smart ED.

.. which is a little over half of the Focus Electric’s cargo space. Most folks that complain about its trunk space haven’t seen it in person, much less lived with it. It has more cu ft than the current C-Class and 3-series.

Anon

Anyone know if Ford is going to include a DC Fast Charge option for the refresh?

+1 it’s the one feature I wish I had in my Focus Electric.

Bloggin

Ford already committed to offering a Combo Charger in 2014, and the Focus Electric is the only option for an install.

Anon

Sound good. I hope they follow through with it…

Wonder if it will still fit behind the funky little round chargeport door on the front quarter panel? FrankenPlug is a bit larger…

Bloggin

That fender got replaced with the 2015 refresh, so we may see a larger door if necessary.

Foo

I’m not sure what you mean. The part of the fender where the charging door is/would be located appears to be identical between the 2014 and 2015 body styles.

Anon

It is identical. Bloggin is incorrect.

Raymondjram

The J1772 standard allows the DC charge port to fit just below the AC port. If you see an orange cap (which is the safety warning color for all high voltages), then it has the fast DC charging feature.

Spec9

So they made it look more like the Fusion.

Spec9

If Ford would bump up their Energi cars to 16KWH of batteries, they would really have something.

vdiv

Why stop at 16 kWh? The new standard set by the i3 is now 21 kWh in an EREV.

Anon

Not convinced a “standard” is set by one car, but it does raise the bar for other automakers… Heres to hoping they learn that more electric range will sell more cars.

John Hansen

The i3 is barely an EREV since it is crippled when running on ICE. It’s more like a BEV with limp-home mode.

David Murray

There’s no evidence to support that. From what I’ve heard from those that have driven one, you can drive it on the freeway on gasoline. Thus, making it more of a true EREV than even the Volt.

Open-Mind

Here is some evidence to support John’s assertion:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/bmw/10440292/BMW-i3-Range-Extender-review.html

The i3 performance is severely compromised once the engine needs to kick in. This is in sharp contrast to a true EREV like the Volt which gives a similar driving experience regardless of mode. And because BMW made the gas tank so crazy small, you may just experience gasoline range anxiety instead of EV range anxiety. On some US highways, the distance between gas stops actually exceeds the i3 gas+electric range.

I was considering an i3, but the above limitations (along with the high price) killed it for me. So I bought a Volt instead. 🙂

David Murray

Ok, I read the article.. I wouldn’t go so far as to say “severely compromised” since he was trying to drive 75-80 mph up an incline. And even then, had he engaged the Rex earlier it would have probably made it without slowing down. Had he been driving 65 mph the whole time, I doubt he would have had an issue, as well as he would have probably made it to his destination in EV mode.

DaveMart

Unfortunately in the US the RE is not driver controllable so as to comply with Californian regulations.

They have heavily compromised the potential of the i3 in search of compliance, too heavily in my view as the petrol tank is smaller than it needs to be and they have crossed it with a lawnmover as the RE.

Open-Mind

Exactly. Since the i3 RE is so tiny, it desperately needs a “mountain mode” (like the Volt has) to keep a larger battery buffer. But it doesn’t have that, so as soon as the battery is depleted, you are effectively driving a 35 HP vehicle. At that point, the slightest hill will bring the i3 to it’s knees, as described in the article I linked above:

” It was a gradual process, from motorway cruising speed all the way down to 44mph. By this time I was traveling up a slight incline and had effectively become a slow-moving obstacle. Lorries were catching me with quite frankly terrifying closing speeds.”

Sounds a little unsafe to me. This was clearly not an engineering decision by BMW. As an engineer, I think it’s sad when great designs like the i3 are compromised to pacify bureaucrats.

David Murray

The i3 is a true EREV, the energi cars can be described as plug-in hybrids at best. They are a completely different class. Granted, I do think they could stand to have a little more range, maybe 30-ish miles.

David Murray

By the way.. What is the purpose of the wagon bodystyle? I can’t see that it adds any functionality other than to make the car look ugly.

Bloggin

The Focus Estate Wagon is a big seller in Europe. In the states we buy SUVs, in Europe they love their wagons. Europe also gets a Focus ST Wagon, along with the Focus ST Hatch.

David Murray

Still doesn’t tell me what the advantage is of the wagon. There doesn’t appear to be any extra seats, or any extra cargo area.

David Stone

Advantages:
1. It has more cargo room
2. It isn’t an suv.

DaveMart

Have another look.
The labelling of the photos is a bit confusing, but the station wagon as they are called in the States or estate car as we say in the UK has much more substantial load carrying capacity, particularly for awkward or bulky objects.
They are sales rep specials.

John Hansen

Also of note, older Focus Wagons are stubbornly clinging to their resale value. There is an under served market for wagons in the US because a lot of people want the extra cargo space without the fuel consumption of an SUV.

I think it looks pretty good… better than a C-Max, in my opinion.

Ken

I don’t expect to see a Focus Electric for 2015. I think it will be replaced with the Focus Energi.

David Murray

But, Ford will still need a pure EV for a compliance car in Carb states.

I expect to see a Focus Electric for 2015 and beyond. Energi will be yet another powertrain choice for the Focus, assuming the rumors hold true.

Ford’s plan, as documented in their 2012/2013 Sustainability Report, indicates that there will continue to be a BEV in the lineup.

http://corporate.ford.com/microsites/sustainability-report-2012-13/environment-products-plan-overview

lewl

Doubt ford would discontinue a build-to-order product that fits in an existing line.
They’ve spent the money to develop/source its components, they just slap it in a current focus shell on the line.
Worst case, I see them just keeping it status quo and no innovations. Just build to order and pretend it doesn’t exist vs kill it off completely.

Ken

The Energi line is being pushed. Since they are PZEVs they may qualify as compliance vehicles. Check out the sales score card. They aren’t producing Focus BEVs in one year compared to what is sold in one month by the current Energi models. Besides, they are flawed. I had one. It spent 10 weeks in the shop. I now have a C – Max Energi. I charge at work, and at home. I run as a pure EV most days. Yet, I still have the long range capability of the gas engine. So, that is why I think they will be discontinued.