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EcoBoost Technology, Enhanced Driver Assist Technologies Arrive On 2015 LZ Ford Focus Range

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

  • 1.5-litre EcoBoost, Auto Stop Start engine technology debuts in refreshed 2015 LZ Ford Focus range
  • 2015 LZ Ford Focus features voice-activated SYNC2 connectivity, satellite navigation and rear view camera standard across the range
  • Key driver assistance technology standardised across select models, including enhanced Active City Stop, Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

MELBOURNE– The 2015 LZ Ford Focus range will debut EcoBoost engine technology, improved safety and a host of key visual and feature upgrades when it arrives in Ford dealers from October.

Standard across the LZ Focus range is a new fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine with Auto-Stop start engine technology. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine develops 132 kW and 240 Nm and will be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission is standard on Trend Sedan and Titanium Hatch and Sedan and optional on the Trend Hatch and Sport Hatch.

Efficiency is at the heart of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine. The 2015 LZ Focus range delivers 7 kW more power and 38 Nm more torque than the larger capacity 2.0-litre Duratec engine it replaces, as well as producing a combined fuel efficiency figure of 5.8 litres/100km* and 6.4 litres/100km*, depending on the model.

“Our award-winning EcoBoost engines are recognised globally for delivering fuel efficiency our customers expect without sacrificing performance when they need it,” according to Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Complementing the powerful EcoBoost technology is a stylish and sophisticated look and an enhanced list of standard features like voice-activated SYNC2 connectivity with 8-inch high-resolution colour screen, satellite navigation and rear view camera that will make the 2015 Focus a compelling reason for customers to put it on their shopping lists.”

The 2015 range also offers Ford’s acclaimed MyKey system as well as key driver assistance technology that has been standardised across select models.

MyKey is an industry-first technology that allows parents to program a key that limits top speed, reduce maximum radio volume, disables the radio until the seatbelts are fastened and prevents deactivation of the driver assistance and safety technologies. It works by recognising different keys for the same car and adjusting the vehicle settings according to the owner's requirements.

It works by recognising different keys for the same car and adjusting the vehicle settings according to the owner's requirements. Apart from the 2015 Focus, MyKey is available on the Fiesta, Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Mondeo range and will be available on the soon-to-be-released Mustang. Apart from the active and passive safety features available on the 2015 LZ Ford Focus, there are a range of new driver assistance features. Blind Spot Information System and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are new additions on the Focus Titanium, along with an enhanced Active City Stop system as standard. A standard feature on the Titanium Hatch and Sedan, Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing from parking spaces if other vehicles are about to cross their path#.

“Our customers value Smart technologies like SYNC2 and the acclaimed MyKey system but we’ve also enhanced the Active City Stop system and now provide Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert,” Whickman said.

On Titanium models Ford’s Active City Stop collision avoidance system has been enhanced and now operates at speeds of up to 50 km/h. Active City Stop readies the brakes if a potential impact is detected and – if the driver does not respond – will automatically apply the brakes.

Also featuring on Titanium models is Enhanced Active Park Assist featuring Perpendicular Parking, which enables drivers to detect suitably-sized parallel parking spaces and reverse hands-free into spaces parallel to the road and side-to-side with other vehicles.

This advanced parking feature is supported by both Park-Out Assist, which helps drivers to exit parallel parking spaces; and Side Parking Aid, which delivers an on-screen visual representation and audible warning of obstacles to the sides of the vehicle, as well as to the front and rear. A full suite of airbags and advanced high strength, ultra lightweight boron steel creates a super strong safety cage to complete the safety story.

Since its launch, the Focus has received wide acclaim for its ride, steering and handling, as well as passenger comfort levels. For 2015 Ford has improved driving dynamics even further with:

  • Improved and stiffer front end
  • Revised suspension
  • Retuned shock absorbers
  • Retuned Electric Power-Assist Steering (EPAS) and new Dynamic Stability Control calibration

As well as dynamic improvements, the exterior of the revised 2015 LZ Focus range has received a number of key visual enhancements to build on its already stylish and contemporary design.

The 2015 LZ Focus gains a more sophisticated, sleek design that reflects the One Ford global design language for passenger cars. This now harmonises the LZ Focus design with the Fiesta and Mondeo range.

At the front the 2015 LZ Focus has a strong, sporty character complemented by a striking grille and slimmer, more chiseled headlights that enhance the car’s lower, wider stance. A new bonnet, front fascia and grille also build on the sporty character. Rectangular, elongated fog-lamps complete the bold front styling.

At the rear Ford designers have reshaped the tailgate, refined the surface language and added lower profile tail-lamps to give the rear of the Focus a more toned, athletic look. Sport and Titanium models also receive a unique sports bodykit comprising side skirts, front and rear bumper extensions and a large rear spoiler.

When redesigning the interior, Ford listened to customer feedback and responded with a more intuitive driver layout, complemented by a new steering wheel design and central stack with fewer controls and switches.

A new centre storage console offers more space with a new sliding, integrated armrest while the adjustable console recess can accommodate a variety of bottles and cup sizes, providing increasing levels of flexibility. The overall look inside the 2015 LZ Focus range is more integrated and harmonious and displays a superior craftsmanship and finish.

As well, the Ford has added more sound insulation materials in doors, carpets and front wheel-arches designed to ensure a quieter cabin at highway speeds.

^ Performance data measured using premium fuel 95-98 RON
*Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR 81/01 for the combined fuel cycle.
#Driver-assistance features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s judgment. Function may not operate in some driving and road conditions or adverse weather
> Driver-assistance features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s judgment. Function may not operate in some driving and road conditions or adverse weather. May help avoid or minimise impact of a collision.

EcoBoost Technology

The Ford EcoBoost engine line was introduced to the world in 2009. Since then, more than 2 million EcoBoost engines have been built globally. In Australia, EcoBoost technology is available in the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, Falcon passenger car lineup, as well as the EcoSport and Ford Kuga SUVs.

EcoBoost engines are designed to deliver power and torque consistent with those of larger, naturally aspirated engines.

The EcoBoost technology combines surprising power with excellent fuel efficiency through direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing.

The global EcoBoost engine family is the cornerstone of Ford’s strategy to deliver high-volume, affordable, fuel-efficient vehicles that customers want and value.

The technology has won a range of awards; most recently the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine was named “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the fourth consecutive year.

This engine is available in the Fiesta and EcoSport SUV in Australia. The 1.0-litre was judged the class winner – based on drivability, performance, economy, refinement and technology – by a panel of 87 automotive journalists, from 35 countries.

Last year, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost became the first engine to be named overall International Engine of the Year three times in a row, and was in 2012 named “Best New Engine”.

By the end of 2015, EcoBoost technology will be available across almost 80 per cent of the company’s passenger car nameplates in Australia.

FOCUS MODEL FEATURES AND SERIES

Focus Trend (Hatch and Sedan)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission standard on Hatch model (not available on Trend Sedan)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission standard on Sedan model, optional on Hatch model

Exterior Features

  • 16-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Day Time Running Lights (non LED)
  • Fog lamps
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Full-size steel spare wheel

Driver Assist

  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Rear Parking sensors

Interior Featires-Comfort and Convenience

  • Cruise Control with speed limiter
  • Cloth Seats
  • 60/40 Split Rear Seats
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support

Interior Featires-Infotainment

  • SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance
  • High-resolution 8’’ Colour Touch Screen
  • Bluetooth1 with audio streaming
  • Natural language Voice Control for phone, music, climate and navigation controls
  • Satellite Navigation with ‘one shot’ destination entry via Voice Control
  • 6-speaker audio
  • USB and RCA inputs

Safety

  • Rear View Camera
  • Ford MyKey
  • Power Rear Child Locks
  • Driver and Front Passenger Airbags
  • Side Front Thorax and Curtain Airbags
  • Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist ( EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)

Factory Options

A Convenience Pack is available as an option on Focus Trend Hatch and Focu Trend Sedan models.

This features:

  • Auto wipers
  • Auto headlamps
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Follow-me-home-lighting

Focus Sport Hatch

Powertrain

  • 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine
  • 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine
  • Optional: 6-speed automatic

*Includes following additional features over Focus Trend:

Exterior Features

  • 17-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Sports tuned suspension
  • Rear LED tail lamps
  • Day Time Running Lights (LED)
  • Follow-me-home lighting
  • Puddle lamps
  • Power fold exterior mirrors
  • Chrome belt line moulding

Sports Bodykit

  • Front & Rear extensions
  • Side Skirts
  • Sports rear spoiler
  • Mini Spare wheel

Interior features-Comfort and Convenience

  • Dual-Zone Climate Control
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Leather covered steering wheel and gear shifter
  • Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Keyless Entry and Push Button Start
  • Auto Headlamps
  • Rain-sensing Wipers

Interior features-Infotainment

  • Sony-branded audio with 9-speakers
  • DAB+

Focus Titanium (Hatch and Sedan)

Powertrain

  • 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine
  • 6-speed automatic

*Includes following additional features over Focus Sport:

Exterior features

  • 18-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Front parking sensors

Interior features-Comfort and Convenience

  • Sports Seats
  • Leather appointed seats

Safety

  • Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Active City Stop

Exterior Colours

The 2015 LZ Focus range is available with seven colours, Lunar Sky, Panther Black, Ingot Silver, Winning Blue, Magnetic, Frozen White and Candy Red.

PRODUCT RANGE

The 2015 LZ Focus will be available in both stylish hatch and bold sedan body styles – all standard with a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine that delivers 132 kW or power and 240 Nm of torque*. Customers have a choice of three models – stylish Trend, mid-spec Sport and high series Titanium.

*Performance data measured using premium fuel 95-98 RON

LZ Focus Hatch
Series Engine Transmission Fuel Economy*
Trend 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed MT 5.8 L/100km
Trend 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed AT 6.2 L/100km
Sport 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed MT 5.8 L/100km
Sport 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed AT 6.2 L/100km
Titanium 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed MT 6.4 L/100km
LZ Focus Sedan
Series Engine Transmission Fuel Economy*
Trend 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed AT 6.2 L/100km
Titanium 1.5-litre EcoBoost 6-speed AT 6.2 L/100km

*Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR 81/01 for the combined fuel cycle.

1.5-litre EcoBoost
Series Availability Trend, Sport and Titanium
Transmission 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic^
Maximum Power 132 kW at 6,000 rpm*
Maximum Torque 240 Nm at 1,600-5,000 rpm*
Fuel 95-98 RON#

^6-speed automatic is standard on Trend sedan and all Titanium models
#91 RON compatible but for optimal performance 95-98 RON unleaded petrol is recommended
*Performance data measured using premium fuel 95-98 RON

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