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Present at the 2015 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) is this hatchback (there’s also a sedan on offer) from the Blue Oval. What you’re looking at is the Ford Focus facelift – making its ASEAN debut at the show – which does look a lot more sporty than the current offering, bearing a striking resemblance to its more potent ST sibling.

A few things that one can pretty much notice is the trapezoidal grille – which features a honeycomb mesh – as opposed to a split front grille. On this Sport model, there’s a bodykit that adds a lower intake that runs around the front splitter. More honeycomb patterns can be found here and in the fog light housing, making for a more aggressive look.

The headlights have also been revised – they’re slimmer and sleeker than before. Ford’s Kinetic design continues to flow through the sides with the Focus character lines retained. If you’ve ever imagined an Aston Martin hatchback, well, the facelifted Ford Focus does look like it fits the description, and it retains consistency with the Mondeo and facelifted Fiesta.

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On to the back, the rear lights have been scaled down in size giving it a more aerodynamic look when viewed from the side. The bumper has also been reprofiled – yet more honeycomb here on the Sport, flowing around the diffuser, adding to the sportiness.

Inside, the Focus gets a few revisions, including a new three-spoke steering wheel, a slimmer central tunnel (now that the handbrake has been relocated away from it), revised switchgear and cupholders which are now aft of the gearlever, with a new sliding cover.

Also revamped is the centre console where the Sony head unit on this Sport model sits – it’s a lot simpler and more organised now compared to the frenzy of audio control buttons that the current Focus has.

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Instead, the majority of functions are performed through the newer SYNC 2 infotainment system, utilising a much larger eight-inch touchscreen display. Also seen in the Mondeo, Everest and facelifted Ranger, its voice control system now understands more natural language commands compared to that on the original SYNC.

Three models are made available in Indonesia – the range starts with the Trend hatch, which gets five-split-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, the original SYNC system with a 4.2 inch screen and steering wheel audio controls, six speakers, dual airbags, ABS, stability control and Hill Launch Assist. It retails at 403 million rupiah (RM119,700).

Moving up, you get the aforementioned Sport hatch, gaining smoked headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED light guides for the tail lights, a bodykit with larger rear spoiler, multi-spoke alloys (same size), SYNC 2 with nine-speaker Sony sound system, keyless entry, push-button start, front parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, dual-zone auto air-con, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and leather upholstery.

Safety-wise, selecting Sport adds side and curtain airbags (six in total), Active City Stop and enhanced Active Park Assist (parallel and perpendicular parking); all in all, it’ll cost you 441 million rupiah (RM130,900). The range-topping Titanium sedan gets much the same equipment except it switches to a five-spoke wheel design – punt for this and the bill rises to 485 million rupiah (RM144,000).

No matter which variant you choose, the facelifted Focus will be powered solely by the new 1.5 litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol four-pot, making 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm at an oddly high (for a turbo mill, anyway) 5,000 rpm – this engine will be offered in our market as well.

Along with the removal of the naturally-aspirated 2.0 litre mill, the much-maligned six-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission has also been dumped, replaced by a conventional six-speed torque converter automatic.