THE Ford Focus is getting a mid-life makeover with new technology and a fresh look.
Prices now start from Â£22,465 and rise to Â£33,885 for the hot ST model - a slight increase over the present car.
Ford's latest SYNC 4 connectivity system is being introduced to the range while a new bonnet design increases the height of the nose with the Ford badge moving from the bonnet to the centre of the grille.
Changes are also being made to differentiate between specification levels with Titanium, ST-Line, Active and Vignale variants getting their own styling cues.
The SYNC 4 set up features a 13.2-inch display screen in the dash while driver assistance technologies introduced to Focus for the first time include an updated blind spot systemwhich detects vehicles approaching from behind and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected.
The new Focus also introduces an automatic transmission option for the EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains.
On the Focus estate extra practical features are being added with a wet zone, an easy-clean carpet and vertical dividers to help with loadspace organisation.
Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe's general manager for passenger vehicles, said: "The Ford Focus is a success story more than 20 years in the making, and its appeal has always been grounded in delivering an attractive design and first-class driving dynamics.
"With next-generation SYNC 4 adding connected nNavigation with the largest screen in the segment, new Focus customers will enjoy an enhanced digital experience that fits seamlessly into their lives."
Engine choices remain as before with a range of mild-hybrid petrol and diesel units available across the line up while paddle shifters are being added to automatic versions of ST-Line models.