Third-gen Ford Focus ST facelift

You’ve seen spyshots of the facelifted third-gen Ford Focus thanks to our diligent spy snappers on the Continent; now it’s time for its hot ST sibling to come into focus. This test mule is a UK car by the looks of it (right-hand drive and ‘GB’ plate).

It seems the refreshed Ford Focus ST also gets the Aston-esque front grille, bringing it in line with the upcoming Focus facelift as well as the latest Mondeo and Fiesta (or is Ford deliberately trying to confuse us here?). The new grille pushes the number plate low into the front bumper (the current Ford Focus ST’s number plate ‘floats‘ in the middle of the grille).

Visual elements such as the instantly-recognisable big wheels, prominent body creases and twin tailpipes that sit in the middle of a more aggressively-styled rear bumper give the game away. This test mule doesn’t seem to be wearing the current ST’s extended roof spoiler, though.

Apart from its face, little else is expected to change from the pre-facelift Focus and Focus ST. The new range should go on sale next year, so we can safely expect Ford to bare all before 2013 is up – perhaps at the Frankfurt show in a few weeks’ time?