2012 Ford Focus gets a manual transmission image

Answering customer demand, Focus Titanium model — the high-end version of the Focus is now available with a manual transmission choice for driving enthusiasts the U.S. based automaker said on Tuesday.

Price is the same as for the dry-clutch automatic standard in the Titanium: $22,995 (including shipping) and up. Usually automakers charge $800 to $1,200 less for a manual.

In addition the automaker said the Focus brings unexpected convenience and luxury features such as active park assist and leather-faced seating with contrast-colored piping.

The new sedan is dimensionally about one inch lower than the outgoing Focus sedan but a little less than an inch wider than the current European model. The overall length and weight are claimed to be about the same, as is the interior volume.

Powering the 2012 Ford Focus will be a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, but Europe and the other North American markets will be getting a 1.6-liter and a 2.0-liter diesel, as well as a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.

The normally aspirated unit will be rated at an estimated 155 hp and 145 pound-feet. Both cams are equipped with variable phasing using the same cam-torque actuation system as the Fusion’s 2.5-liter and the new 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang.

In 2010, Ford sold more than 1.9 million automobiles, a 19-percent increase from 2009, according to the company’s website.