The hot-selling Ford Focus debuts a new coupe version for the 2009 model year.

The Focus team sculpted the coupe’s new front and rear fascias to provide a sportier appearance. The lower front fascia incorporates a larger open area. The fog lamps – now standard – are better integrated into the overall design of the front fascia, and its signature two-bar chrome front grille and chrome accents around the headlamps have been darkened for added contrast.

New premium-painted Dark Chrome 17-inch aluminum wheels, standard on Focus SES, complete the coupe’s redesigned exterior.

The 2009 Focus SES coupe features more horsepower and a throatier sound, thanks to a new sport-tuned exhaust.

A new option for 2009 is electronic stability control, which uses sophisticated sensors and the anti-lock braking system to help correct skids that can lead to accidents.

The 2009 Focus Coupe is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 143 horsepower when combined with a five-speed manual transmission and 140 horsepower when paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Setting the Focus coupe apart from other small cars is Ford’s industry-exclusive SYNC technology. SYNC is a voice-activated communications and entertainment system, allowing customers to use their Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and digital media players.

Base model estimated mpg: 24/33

Estimated starting price: $16,875


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