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A refreshed Ford Focus is in the works and that means a few details are leaking out. Spy shots from last month indicated the Focus will have a gaping grille just like its "One Ford" global C-segment comrade, the Fiesta. While Ford is being quiet about it, the Focus could also be getting an "Energi" option, joining the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi in Ford's plug-in hybrid family.

The Focus will likely use technology originated in the C-Max Energi that combines a 2.0-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor capable of a 20-mile range, according to Autoexpress. The pure electric Focus is expected to stay in the lineup despite its slow sales; its price range should be similar to what's on the market now.

The third-generation Focus looked good enough to become the top-selling nameplate in the world in 2012. Some exterior changes to look for in the Euro-spec model at the Geneva Motor Show in March include a reshaped hood, front wing endplate and rear bumper. Interior spy shots have hinted at an updated dashboard design and a simplified, less cluttered control panel with updated climate controls.

Under the hood, there are quite a few power options rumored to be available - a gasoline EcoBoost with up to 123 horsepower and two turbo-diesel TDCI options, a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter mills that would produce between 94 hp and 161 hp. Then there are new 1.5-liter diesel and 1.5-liter EcoBoost gasoline variants that meet regulations in China, Brazil and Russia.


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be nice if it's not overpriced like the Fusion Energi. How about an affordable Energi in the 3-row transit connect wagon?
        Boyd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        really, i would love any three row with a plug or a good clean diesel.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Boyd
          I wonder if the Ram 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel could be shoehorned into the Dodge Caravan. I don't see why it couldn't be. I doubt, though, that diesel is a good application for 3 row vehicles like minivans. Soccer mom duty seems to be, probably more so than anything other than perhaps mail truck duty, almost entirely city driving, with little highway use. Our minivan certainly doesn't get much highway use. Diesels typically don't do much, if any better mpgs on city roads than gas cars.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course Ford will be releasing an Energi Focus, they will also be releasing an Energi Taurus eventually. The only car in their lineup I don't expect to see get the Energi platform is the Mustang.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want a Ford Ranger sized plug-in hybrid. THAT, I will buy.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      All well and good, but Ford continuing to cheap out and stuff their electric drivetrains into ICE bodies making the trunk tiny just is not going to cut it in the PHEV market in 2015. Present rivals do better right now, and VW and others are joining the fray with properly designed and fully functional offerings.
        mustang_sallad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        The current offerings are Ford's first attempt at significant electrification - let's hope they agree with you that this won't cut it. If they do and build something that has a useable trunk, I will put my money where my mouth is and buy a Focus PHEV.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          They have done a lot of interviews and talking about their plans. They involve sticking batteries and electric engines into existing bodies to save costs until the size of them drops enough so that they don't look so stupid! Meanwhile they spend the bucks on advertising proclaiming themselves leaders in electrification. Perhaps they would also have had the same troubles with their electric cars cutting out anyway, but that hassle smells of back street chop shop cheapo engineering too.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be a nice addition to the energi family. I just hope they can squeeze a bit more battery in there to increase the electric range.
      JB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will the cargo area suck as much as the other ford energies? Its OK if the space is small, just make it usable.
        David Murray
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JB
        Actually the C-Max energi is not that bad in this regard. I looked at both at the auto show and I did find the Fusion Energi lacking in "usable" cargo area. But the C-Max, being a hatchback, was not that bad. It looks bad, at first glance. But once you realize you can still fit a ton of stuff in there, it isn't such a big deal. I could easily fit my bicycle in there, something I would NOT be able to do on the fusion energi.
      eideard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Usual crop of narrow-minded nichos trying to undo a success story. Boring as ever. Fortunately, NO car mfg listens to the guys playing pocket pool drooling over the latest issue of R&T.
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be interested in a Focus Energi. 25 miles of range would be enough to satisfy my daily driving needs, the ICE for longer trips. If it were priced at or below $30,000... This could be a big seller. But its hard to say being that the current Focus is priced anywhere between $16,810 and $35,170.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @David Murray
        If it comes out at $27,500, that could start the revolution. - Just clean up the reliability issues.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they do this my guess is it would have to be only with the hatchback version. The sedan would probably lose too much trunk room. And if they do the hatchback how would it compare to the C-Max Energi? Seems like they would be very close in cargo capacity if not style. Side note - Why won't Ford design a car platform that can easily accommodate a battery pack and/or an ICE? All of these hybrids and PHEVs become packaging challenges to find room for the battery. I understand that existing platforms like the C-Max were never designed for it so they have to get creative with fitting things in it. But going forward couldn't they have a platform flexible enough so that they can drop a battery in without eating up a ton of cargo space? And yes, I am NOT a car designer! LOL! So no clue if such a flexible design is simply too complicated or costly. Just seems to me, as a consumer, that the cargo impact is often an issue in addition to the price increase.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Designing a new platform costs big money, in the region of a billion a throw. They can't even be arsed to stretch them though, but still have the gall to tell us that they are leaders in electric mobility.
      TPGIII
      • 1 Year Ago
      GAS2 is siting a rumored price of $27k but don't know if that is before or after the tax incentive. Also they mention a 25 mile electric range. If sold in all states, I would have to get one.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TPGIII
        27K: It's a question for FORD, are they serious about making this a automotive revolution.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TPGIII
        The $27K might be a fleet price. MSRP could be a couple grand higher.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesse Gurr
          Unfortunately, Jesse, I think you are correct. With the Fusion Energi and the C-Max Energi at $34,700 and $32,900, it seems like they would be looking to slip the Focus Enegi in at $29,900. I think the Focus would beat the C-Max all day long on looks but the C-Max is a nice, roomy hatch for its class. But if Ford does get the Focus Energi under $30k with 25 miles of AER, it will be an interesting option. But I would hate to go backwards from my Volts 38 miles of AER. I am thinking that a minimum of 40 miles of AER is going to be the sweet spot for AER in the next couple years.
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be very surprised if they released a plug in hybrid Focus without a non plug in hybrid. This could be the first car to go head to head with the Prius (sorry, Honda - the Insight didn't cut the mustard)
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not just make one *good* electric car or plug-in hybrid rather than this silly shotgun scatter approach of doing a bunch of cars in a half-ass way..
        mustang_sallad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        why are you assuming that this car that is still in the rumour stage will be half-assed?
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          Because Ford have told us that they are not modifying their bodies for electric drive. That means cramming them in somehow, ie at the expense of luggage space. Nothing is being assumed that Ford have not told us will be the case.
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