2015 Ford Focus

The 2015 Ford Focus breaks cover at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Ford has just chosen a curious place to unveil the next iteration of one of its most popular cars around the world: Mobile World Congress. The place is usually a hive of smartphones and tablets and related industry stuff, and so not where you'd expect to see a major car launch. But then, Ford did choose to unveil the Focus Electric at CES a few years back, so there is precedent.

What's new? Well, the exterior to start, though the changes are subtle for this refresh. We've been shown the five-door hatchback, which if anything is a bit more refined than the outgoing Focus. Headlights are more pronounced and the grille up front now looks even more like that on the Edge and the new 2015 Mustang, too.

Under the hood, buyers will be able to specify Ford's 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission in the US. Ford hasn't announced the full engine lineup, but presumably the current 2.0-liter engine will live on, though it remains to be seen when the 2.0-liter EcoBoost found in the Focus ST will return. While it won't match the ST for handling, the suspension is also said to be improved, with a new stability control system offering "less intrusion."

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