Refreshed 2015 Ford Focus range announced
FORD's updated Focus is due to arrive in Australia this October with a trimmed range and a jump in standard features.
Gone are all the diesel engines and entry-level Ambiente offering; the facelifted 2015 Focus will be only available with a 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo across the range and in either Trend, Sport or Titanium specification.
Sales of Focus models have been ebbing away throughout 2015 in the face of huge competition in the small car segment, so Ford Australia hopes updates and range simplification can improve Focus' current market share of 3.7% for 2015.
Standard features across the range will include auto stop start engine technology, voice-activated SYNC2 connectivity, sat nav and a rear view camera.
The 1.5-litre EcoBoost develops 132kW and 240Nm - 7kW more power and 38Nm more torque than the 2.0-litre Duratec engine it replaces - while giving fuel economy figures between 5.8l/100km and 6.4l/100km, depending on the model.
Focus Trend Hatch and Sport Hatch receive six-speed manuals as standard with optional six-speed autos. Trend Sedan and Titanium Hatch and Sedan all come standard with the automatic box.
A range of new driver assistance features are offered in Titanium cars, including Blind Spot Information System, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and an enhanced Active City Stop collision avoidance system.
In Sport guise, the manual hatch is $26,490 ($27,490 auto) while range-topping auto-only Titanium is $32,690 as either a hatch or sedan.