New 2014 Ford Focus facelift photos are revealed few hours ago. Let me summarise it very quickly, the new Ford Focus looks like a new Aston Martin thanks to its chrome grill. And keep in mind, Ford does not own the Aston Martin anymore. So there is not organic relation with Ford and Aston Martin.
The new Ford Focus claims to be better and I have no doubt about that, however I have many doubts about the boring owners of the Ford Focus. I used to own one and the only problem with the Ford Focus was, too much engagement with families. Ford Focus is an über family car! And this scratches the exclusiveness from the brand. My advice, remove the entry level, always use stiff suspension and never promote the Ford Focus with families. It was tough but I want to improve the image of Ford Focus to compete with Audi A3 and this was a bit too much expectation as well.
Anyway, the new Ford Focus features lots of leather interior, new touch screen navigation, better voice control (I don’t believe), better suspension and steering wheel, pedestrian crash prevention system (No point to buy a Volvo), better front-end design, of course more fuel efficient engines, better auto-parking system, radar guided cruise control, maintain a safe distance with the car front (First on the segment, Distance Alert), but does not brake if you are going to crash, new bi-xenon headlamp that can change angle based on the driving condition, still no LED lights and still offers the feeling of a budget car.
The engines are 1.5-lt petrol EcoBoost (150 HP and 180 HP) and diesel TDCi (95 HP and 120 HP) engines. They are brand new. Ford should find a better new for TDCi, it sounds really dull. 1-lt EcoBoost is still available (100 HP and 125 HP).
The PowerShift double clutch automatic is still six-speed! VW offers 7-speed!
CAPACITY POWER TRANSMISSION
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 100 PS five-speed manual
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 125 PS six-speed manual
1.0L EcoBoost petrol 125 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 150 PS six-speed manual
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 150 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 180 PS six-speed manual
1.5L EcoBoost petrol 180 PS six-speed automatic (2015)
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 85 PS five-speed manual
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 105 PS five-speed manual
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 125 PS five-speed manual
1.6L TI-VCT petrol 125 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic
1.5L TDCi diesel 95 PS six-speed manual
1.5L TDCi diesel 120 PS six-speed manual
1.5L ECOnetic diesel 105 PS six-speed manual
1.5L TDCi diesel 120 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic (2015)
1.6L TDCi diesel 95 PS six-speed manual
1.6L TDCi diesel 115 PS six-speed manual
2.0L TDCi diesel 150 PS six-speed manual
2.0L TDCi diesel 150 PS six-speed PowerShift automatic