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Old 09-14-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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What's new in 2015?

Sorry if this has been discussed already. Just wondering if there is any reason to trade in my 2013 for a 2015. Mine still runs great, but I would love to see improvements in the software - Sync, Nav, etc.


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Enhanced SYNC AppLink
Focus drivers will have access to powerful new capabilities thanks to a host of functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™.

Android and iOS smartphone users can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Android market.

New functions include:

Connected apps can access a variety of real-time vehicle data such as speed, acceleration, odometer and location information that can be used by the app to further customize and personalize the owner experience. For example, access to the in-vehicle GPS signal can enable more precise and accurate location-based services than phone sensors
More consistent user experience thanks to voice pass-through capability. This enables developers to use on-device or cloud-based voice-recognition systems to evaluate driver commands, meaning drivers can use the same set of voice commands to control an app when connected to the vehicle as they would use when not connected
Notifications read aloud as a driver enters the car, with no need to touch the phone. Best of all, alerts are available any time a mobile device is connected to SYNC AppLink, even if the app is not currently active. This means a driver could get an alert about a traffic jam ahead while listening to the radio or using another app.

Advanced technologies
A package of sensors - driver-assist technologies
standard rear view camera on either a 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen
Blind Spot Information System
Lane-keeping system
BLIS® uses two advanced multiple-beam radar modules, the same used with cross-traffic alert, which are packaged in both rear quarter panels. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror, providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.

The new Focus benefits from advancements in suspension and chassis upgrades.
These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road. The electric power-assisted steering has been retuned to make the driver feel even more connected to the road.
New seat trims and switches, and an available heated steering wheel. A new center console incorporating adjustable cupholders improves storage capacity.
Signature LED lighting for headlamps and taillamps.
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That's a very good list that I hadn't seen before. I did talk to a Ford rep and the info is here in another thread. Along with a couple pics of the 2015 ST
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=468969

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #4
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The new Focus benefits from advancements in suspension and chassis upgrades.
These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road...
Does this mean stiffer suspension at all 4 corners?
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Does this mean stiffer suspension at all 4 corners?
Ford engineers have improved the front end structural stiffness of the new Focus by increasing the thickness of two brackets within the engine bay and using a stronger metal arc welding technique to reduce body flex during cornering, delivering sharper responses and greater agility.
New Multi-Tune Valve Damper technology offers improved shock absorber
performance and durability, as well as enabling engineers to deliver the optimum balance between body control and driver comfort.
In addition, the suspension geometry on the new Focus has been fine-tuned and the rubber lower control arm suspension bushes have been increased in stiffness by over 20 per cent.
This reduces the amount of flexibility between the metal mounting surfaces during high-load conditions – such as when cornering – and minimises unwanted wheel movement. The front bushes also now feature flared edges that clamp over the suspension hub and chassis mounting points, further reducing movement of the connected components.
The statement which I highlighted Bold area has been noticed by all reviewers, so the engineers seemed to have accomplished their goal.

One reviewer who test drove the new Focus back to back with the current Focus, said the new car is a tad more fun, but the differences between the two are small. Less body roll has been mentioned by a couple reviewers.

The retuned EPAS (electric steering) have been mentioned as the biggest improvement by all the reviewers I have read so far.
Engineers have retuned the EPAS system to reduce the amount of effort required to steer, eliminate neutral zones from the steering operation, and deliver almost instantaneous feedback from the road surface to enable more instinctive steering.

There is also a new feature added called Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS)

All reviews so far all state that the Focus is still the best driver in the class.
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All that is well and good. The new focus no longer looks sporty. This consumer says sorry Ford I will not be trading for this model design. Too bad I like my focus but this one is unfocused.

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Old 09-15-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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Ford engineers have improved the front end structural stiffness of the new Focus by increasing the thickness of two brackets within the engine bay and using a stronger metal arc welding technique to reduce body flex during cornering, delivering sharper responses and greater agility.
New Multi-Tune Valve Damper technology offers improved shock absorber
performance and durability, as well as enabling engineers to deliver the optimum balance between body control and driver comfort.
In addition, the suspension geometry on the new Focus has been fine-tuned and the rubber lower control arm suspension bushes have been increased in stiffness by over 20 per cent.
This reduces the amount of flexibility between the metal mounting surfaces during high-load conditions – such as when cornering – and minimises unwanted wheel movement. The front bushes also now feature flared edges that clamp over the suspension hub and chassis mounting points, further reducing movement of the connected components.
The statement which I highlighted Bold area has been noticed by all reviewers, so the engineers seemed to have accomplished their goal.

One reviewer who test drove the new Focus back to back with the current Focus, said the new car is a tad more fun, but the differences between the two are small. Less body roll has been mentioned by a couple reviewers.

The retuned EPAS (electric steering) have been mentioned as the biggest improvement by all the reviewers I have read so far.
Engineers have retuned the EPAS system to reduce the amount of effort required to steer, eliminate neutral zones from the steering operation, and deliver almost instantaneous feedback from the road surface to enable more instinctive steering.

There is also a new feature added called Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS)

All reviews so far all state that the Focus is still the best driver in the class.
Thanks for the details. Sounds like incremental updates, but nevertheless, updates with value (opinions will vary of course).
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Old 09-16-2014, 12:17 AM   #8
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I can't wait to see the USA build sheet. I like the look outside and inside but am hoping that HID headlights can be ordered as factory option. Otherwise I'll be keeping my SE
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All that is well and good. The new focus no longer looks sporty. This consumer says sorry Ford I will not be trading for this model design. Too bad I like my focus but this one is unfocused.
To each their own. I prefer the 15 over the 14, for instance. 15 looks more classy, upscale, and powerful.
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I wonder if some of those things (like the body stiffening) are just being added to the production line as we are typing this.. So some 2014 cars will have them?
Or is Ford usually pretty clean on keeping those small things from model years separate?
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