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Not long to go before the third-generation Ford Focus facelift premieres locally, by the looks of it – hatchback and sedan examples have been sighted in the country. Seen parked at Setia City Convention Centre, photos of these cars emerged on a local forum earlier today. These are undoubtedly lead examples sent in for SDAC to conduct product familiarisation and sales-related training work.

Back in August, we reported that the refreshed C346 – which had its ASEAN premiere at the IIMS and GIIAS shows in Jakarta last August – was due to make its debut here in January this year. Word from the grapevine has it that the launch will only happen after Chinese New Year, though no indication as to exactly when yet. The photos do give us more than a few clues as to what to expect when the time comes.

The hatchbacks seen in the photos (dressed in Candy Red and Winning Blue) denote that what will be selling here is a Sport+ model – exterior-wise, the vehicle mirrors the Australian-spec mid-line Sport variant, with the same body styling kit (side skirts, front and rear diffuser extensions, rear sports spoiler) to be seen. It also features the same 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheel design, which are shod with 215/50 profile tyres.

The photos also reveal what we’ve expected for some time now, that the facelifted Focus range for the ASEAN and Oceania markets has dropped bi-xenon headlamps from the specification.

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The current pre-facelift Sport+ hatch and Titanium sedan have bi-xenons, but the new cars make do with complex surface reflector halogen units, as also seen on the Australian-spec and Indonesian market offerings. The CSR units feature LED daytime running lights, sitting on the upper part of the headlamp assembly.

No photos of the interior, so there’s no way to ascertain yet if the local cars will come equipped with a SYNC 2 infotainment system and corresponding eight-inch central screen as seen on Australian cars or be kitted as that found on Indonesian variants, which only get a 4.2-inch screen and original SYNC. Likewise, safety kit – there should be six airbags (Indonesian cars only have two) in there, because any less would be unthinkable.

We’ll try to find out more about the equipment levels on Malaysian cars, but if the levels follow Oz-spec trim the Sport+, and these include a nine-speaker Sony sound system, keyless entry with push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shifter.

Also on, auto headlights and wipers and dual-zone auto air-conditioning. As for seat trim, the Sport features fabric seats, though we might get leather if we follow Indonesia’s example of up-speccing things.

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The Titanium sedan wasn’t seen during the Asia-Pac regional drive for the car last September, but the general specification and trim shouldn’t veer too much from the Titanium hatch, which is not going to be sold here. As such, equipment should include a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather inserts and bolsters for the seating and a sports suspension.

A change to the wheel on this one though. In Australia, the Titanium sedan wears 18-inch five-spoke alloys and 235/40 rubbers, like the hatch, but the local car seen in the photos (finished in what looks to be the shade called Magnetic) is equipped with a previously unseen 10 double-spoke alloy, likely to be a 17-incher.

Whichever the body type, the facelifted Focus will be available here – as it is in other markets across the region – with a 1.5 litre EcoBoost engine. The Sigma-derived GTDI four-pot, which has 180 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm at 1,600 to 5,000 rpm for output numbers, replaces the 2.0 litre Duratec 20 normally-aspirated Ti-VCT GDI engine as powertrain choice.

The mill is paired with a SelectShift 6F35 six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox, which takes over from the Getrag 6DCT250 six-speed dry-type double clutch transmission seen currently. The unit, co-developed with GM, is also seen on the C520 Kuga and the facelifted CD391 Mondeo.

We’ve driven the facelifted Ford Focus 1.5L EcoBoost – read our Australian drive review of the hatch, which also comprehensively details the changes from the pre-facelift Focus.

GALLERY: Ford Focus 1.5L EcoBoost hatchback, Asia-Pac drive, Adelaide