The 2015 Ford Focus Preview: Plainfield and Naperville Get the Best in Sleek Economy Sedans
The new 2015 Ford Focus hasn’t hit the market just yet, but we know that drivers in Plainfield and Naperville are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest. Luckily, Autoblog got to test drive the new car a little while back and we have all the exciting details from their 2015 Ford Focus preview.
A Whole New Body, Inside and Out
The 2015 Focus’ exterior got a complete overhaul from its 2014 counterpart, replacing the previous muscle-car-inspired look with one that slightly resembles the iconic front end of an Aston Martin. The hood, light fixtures, front fascia, and even the emblem have been updated to look sleeker and sexier in the 2015 Focus model.
The designers also tightened up the look of the interior of the new Focus, shucking the previous button-heavy interface for a sleeker, more user-friendly one. The phone bin is right next to both a 12-V and a USB jack that’s easy to reach and use.
Guts and Glory: A New, More Efficient EcoBoost Engine
The 1.0L EcoBoost engine has more horsepower than its 2.0L predecessor. While Ford hasn’t officially told us how the new engine’s MPG works out, the word on the street is that it’ll be at least as good as the Fiesta, which gets 31 MPG in the city and 43 MPG highway.
The other cool thing: the new Focus’ transmission comes standard as a six-speed manual. So far, there has been no mention of what type of automatic transmission(s) will be available on the new Focus, but we’ll be sure to keep Naperville-area drivers updated once we know more.
For those of us who’ve decided that we’d never want anything other than the thrill of a manual transmission, though, this is a relief. Here’s a little teaser for the enlightened stick drivers: the new Focus lives best in its mid-range, but can just as easily coast in sixth without feeling as if it’s being under-used
But Can It CORNER?
As far as handling goes, we don’t have too much information just yet. The most recent preview was done in the European countryside with a handful of cobblestone thrown in, so heavy testing along, say, the I-94 through Billings will have to wait.
2015 Is Just Around the Bend
We’re excited to see the 2015 Ford Focus roll into our lot soon. When it does, come down to River View Ford and schedule a test drive!