Ford turns its Fo­cus to host of new fea­tures

Geelong Advertiser - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

THE 2015 LZ Ford Fo­cus range ar­rives i n Oc­to­ber with EcoBoost en­gine tech­nol­ogy, im­proved safety and a host of key vis­ual and fea­ture up­grades.

Stan­dard across the LZ Fo­cus range is a new, fuel-ef­fi­cient 1.5litre EcoBoost en­gine with au­tostop start en­gine tech­nol­ogy. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost en­gine de­vel­ops 132kW and 240 Nm and will be mated to ei­ther a sixspeed man­ual or six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is stan­dard on the Trend sedan and Ti­ta­nium hatch and sedan and op­tional on the Trend hatch and Sport hatch.

The 2015 LZ Fo­cus range del i v e r s 7 kW more power a nd 38Nm 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.

Ford says its EcoBoost en­gines are recog­nised glob­ally for de­liv­er­ing fuel ef­fi­ciency with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance. Com­ple­ment­ing the EcoBoost tech­nol­ogy is a new look and an en­hanced list of stan­dard fea­tures — l i ke voice- ac­ti­vated SYNC2 con­nec­tiv­ity with eight- i nch high- res­o­lu­tion colour screen, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and rearview cam­era.

The 2015 range also of­fers Ford’s MyKey sys­tem as well as key driver as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy t hat has been s t an­dard­ised across se­lect mod­els.

MyKey all ows par­ents t o pro­gram a key that l i mits top speed, re­duce max­i­mum ra­dio vol­ume, dis­ables the ra­dio un­til the seat­belts are fas­tened and pre­vents de­ac­ti­va­tion of t he driver as­sis­tance and safety tech­nolo­gies. It works by recog­nis­ing dif­fer­ent keys and ad­just­ing the ve­hi­cle set­tings ac­cord­ing to the owner’s re­quire­ments.

MyKey is avail­able on the Fi­esta, Fi­esta ST, Fo­cus ST, Mon­deo range and the soon-to-bere­leased Mus­tang.

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