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IIMS 2015: Updated Ford Focus makes ASEAN debut

IIMS 2015: Updated Ford Focus makes ASEAN debut image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Ford | posted August 20, 2015 16:09

ASEAN-Spec 2015 Focus to receive 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine

The arrival of the newly revamped Ford Focus in Indonesia marks the official debut of the C-Segment Ford in the ASEAN region. Unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show, the 2015 Focus gets a styling refresh and a new engine option.

 2015 Ford Focus hatchback

For 2015, the Focus gets a new trapezoidial grill first seen on the US-Market Fusion sedan. It also gets new, slimmer headlights that sweep upwards and a new bumper featuring new foglight housings. The hood has also been reshaped and has bolder creases and a power bulge in the center. At the back,the 2015 Focus gets new tail light clusters.

2015 Ford Focus interior

Inside, the four spoke steering wheel makes way for a three spoke wheel with revised controls. There is now more front legroom thanks to the slimmer center tunnel and storage bins and cupholders have been relocated for better ergonomics.

One major technology update for the 2015 Ford Focus is the new infotainment system. It now runs on Ford's latest software called Sync 2, replacing the old SYNC system. Sync 2 now controls most of the interior functions and now comes with a larger 8 inch display. The voice command system has also been updated and now understands more natural language commands.

2015 Ford Focus sedan

Another major change in the revamp Focus is the addition of the EcoBoost engine. While the Fiesta comes with a 1.0 liter turbo, the EcoBoost engine found in the 2015 Focus is a four cylinder, 1.5 liter turbo. Despite the smaller engine, the 1.5 liter EcoBoost puts out 180 PS and 240 Nm of torque. This is up from the 2.0 Ti-VCT's 170 PS and 202 Nm of torque. For the ASEAN-Spec Focus, the six-speed Powershift dual clutch transmission has been replaced by a more conventional six-speed automatic.

The engine and transmission lineup for the Philippines has yet to be confirmed.