Ford Focus redesign spy shot interiorIt's that time in the life of the Ford Focus to get a little work done - a nip-tuck here, some Botox there. Yes, Ford is testing a facelifted version of its global C-segment entry, which first hit markets in Europe and North America in May 2011.

Like the touchup on the Fiesta, expect Ford's gaping grille to make its first appearance on the Focus. Our spy photographers point out that this is likely to be a more comprehensive makeover than previous spy shots suggested, based on the additional camouflage seen here on the front and rear ends of this five-door model. New head and taillights are also likely in order, as are changes to the front and rear fascia.

The interior was also snapped and features a cleaner design with a larger central display. Other than that, it looks like some buttons have been changed, making us think most of the Focus' updates are limited to the exterior.

While what we're seeing here is likely a European variant of Ford's global Focus, it's very likely that styling changes made across the pond will find their way onto US-spec cars. There's no word on just when we'll be seeing the revised Focus, although we'd wager it will be sometime before the end of 2014.


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      midwest9040
      • 1 Year Ago
      The two things that caused me from not buying this car were the 6 speed DCT transmission and the ackward & extremely busy dash. It looks like they have put in a more "mature" design in the dash, now lets see if any progress has on that jerky transmission.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @midwest9040
        Was the transmission something you had to experience by owning the car? A neighbor of mine had one for awhile and they always complained about it as well. I drove the car a few times and never really noticed it.
          Bill
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          Those are my two complaints too. The dash is too busy and deep and hogs too much space. The transmission I could probably get used to, or just buy a 5-speed (but wishing it was 6). Amazing deals on Foci right now though. Good handling, comfortable, substantial-feeling car.
        Sea2Sky
        • 1 Year Ago
        @midwest9040
        Pretty much the same two reasons I didn't buy a 2013 Focus either (and happily ended up with a new Hyundai Elantra GT). I had been almost fixated on buying a Focus Titanium hatchback (I guess from more of a styling aesthetic) until I started reading about, and then hearing first hand reports of the horrible transmission: clutch burn out, and even full transmission replacement on a co-workers of my wife's 2012. I know there were patches to repair the transmission issues (and not ever Focus owner was experiencing these issues), but it was enough to scare me off.
          phishburk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sea2Sky
          I had both clutches replaced at 15K miles. And I baby my cars.
        PTC DAWG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @midwest9040
        Buy the manual.
      Sgandell
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have had a 2013 for about a year now. I have a manual so I avoided the transmission problems and if you get the my ford touch, you avoid all the buttons and the dash is pretty clean. The my ford touch was very buggy up until they did an update in Aug, since then it has been very stable but the user interface is still horrible. I would like to see that redone. I would like to see them bring over the larger engine (185 HP) that comes with a 6 speed manual, that they have in Europe. Even though I lke the manual 5th gear revs at over 3K on the highway once i get over 110 KMs and lose any good fuel economy.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sgandell
        I have the auto in my 2012 too. Had some problems at the start. Then some reflashes of the tranny program and it was smooth sailing. Weird thing was, I then had to get new tires and couldn't get 4 all at once so I only did the backs. Within a few weeks my car was stuttering off the line like crazy. Wet, dry, hot, cold, didn't matter. It felt just like the occasional tranny stutters from when I first got the car only much worse and about 90% of the time. Then I finally got new tires on the fronts. Not a single stutter since. No idea what my tires had to do with it but I know that was it. All I can say is the new programming for the 6 speed dual clutch is now perfect. I have no issue with it at all. Just make sure you change all 4 tires when they start to go:)
      dovegraybird
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like they fixed the hot mess of buttons on the dash. I liked driving this car, my only gripe was that I get a claustrophobic feeling in it. Shape of A pillars maybe?
        Autoholics Anonymous
        @dovegraybird
        Yeah I think the A pillars do make it seem tighter but really made it feel small for me is the short rear glass in the hatchback version.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dovegraybird
        Its a lot. I think it probably is smallest in its class for interior room. The dashboard juts out waaay too far. I had one and it is just me and no family but the back seat is worthless..barely better than a Mustang. Remember this is a European car so you get euro interior specs. Same problem with the Fusion back seat is a joke compared to the 96-2007 Tauruses it replaced. Shoot I even think the last Fusion had more backseat legroom.
          Milwaukee, WY
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          Current fusion has more leg room than the first one. I've owned both, and can attest to that- the kids' knees aren't jammed in my back anymore.
          Autoholics Anonymous
          @Jesus!
          Have you ever sat in the back of a Chevy Cruze? That was much smaller to me when sitting behind myself after test driving both (6'-0" tall). This is a bit apples to oranges but the back seat space seemed slightly roomier for the legs than the back of my boss' '08 G35 although specwise the G35 is supposed to have about 2" more (transmission tunnel intrusion maybe). As far as the Fusion goes when it was introduced it was intended to slot below the Taurus with the Taurus being a low cost/high margin car that was to stick around a while longer between the Fusion and the Crown Victoria. Also by design the '96-'07 is actually has a good ratio for interior and cargo space for it's overall vehicle packaging while still weighing in at 3316 lbs-ish and being comparable in interior space to the Crown Victoria. Sorry for the mini-lecture but as an owner/driver/passenger of all of these cars I had to set forth what I know.
        cartarded
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dovegraybird
        I had the same feeling when i test drove a Focus ST earlier in the year. My current DD is a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The wagon version would be a nice addition. I had one and the over 70 cubic ft of space with the seats down was extremely useful.
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I doubt they will bring the wagon to the States which is a shame because I had one of those and it was extremely useful. Over 70 cubic ft of space with the rear seats down.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      now they're gonna give this the ugly aston grill too.
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      The current one is too busy, ages fast, and hideous looking. I'm not surprised they toned it down.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        The only real downfall, minus the piss poor back seat room, was the front grille. I had one, but hated that the most. Big massive chunks of black plastic are not cool and those two separate wings looked stupid. Was a decent car til I got tboned in it lol.
          johnhkart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          I agree. I'm love hate over the front end. Somedays I think it's really ugly and others it's ok. If they put the Focus Electric grille on it it would have been much better. The car drives great.
          Turbo_S60
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jesus!
          See I like how mine looks, just hate the 6speed duct lol
        lanemo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Hideous looking??? Had your eyes checked recently? And compared to its competition, who is the supermodel??
      fuzzyfish6
      • 1 Year Ago
      While the Aston grill works and look great on bigger, wider and lower cars like the Fusion and Mustang, when they're applied to a smaller and narrower (and typically, taller) it just doesn't work for me. The Fiesta and C-Max both look worse than their pre-facelift versions, I suspect the Focus will be the the same here unfortunately. Hoping for the best, but not expecting too much.
        Pat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        The ST already has the Aston grille and it looks mighty sharp
      brgtlm
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the spy photo, it looks like they've improved the confusing array of buttons in the center console. Thank goodness - it was a mess.
      gare
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horrid Aston grill...
      Pat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure about those taillights. They look like they came from WalMart. Hopefully they're fakes. The ST already has an Aston like grille. I wonder if this one will be much different.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Pat
        They aren't real, used specifically on mules and unfinished vehicles.
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a natural move, just wondering why haven't they applied the Aston grille on the Escape... hope they also update the engines. In Europe, Ford will rely heavily on the 1.0 Ecoboost... in the US they should offer the 1.5 Ecoboost with two different outputs - a detuned version good for around 150hp (like in some Chinese Fords) on entry level models and the Fusion's 177hp unit on more uplevel versions. I do believe that Ford should set itself apart from competition with more and more Ecoboost engines throughout the lineup... even if not as efficient as promised, these engines are great marketing tools. They could offer the Fiesta with the 125hp 1.0 and the 150hp 1.5 on Titanium trim, besides the 1.6 ST mill. The Focus could offer both 1.5 liter mills and the ST's 2.0, while the Fusion could make do with the same 1.5 and 2.0. The next Taurus (said to be based on the Fusion) could go with 2.0 Ecoboost only, leaving room for the MKS, and a top shelf 3.5 Ecoboost on the SHO. Same with their crossovers...
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