Ford will cut the Focus hatchback range back to just two variants for 2021.

    Gone are the Focus Trend and Titanium hatches and the ST-Line wagon, leaving just the ST-Line hatch and high-riding Focus Active when the updated range arrives in December 2020.

    The recently-launched Focus ST hot hatch will carry on atop the range.

    Both the Active and ST-Line will be priced from $30,990 before on-road costs, increases of $1000 and $2000 respectively.

    The Driver Assist Pack, which brings adaptive cruise control with lane centring, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse AEB, remains a $1250 option despite the price increase.

    The extra money does get you some extra kit, however. The updated ST-Line now features a multi-link rear suspension, replacing the torsion beam of the current model.

    Also standard on both the ST-Line and Active is the FordPass Connect system, which allows owners to use an app to use remote features including locking and unlocking their vehicles, remote engine start and vehicle locator.

    Front parking sensors have been made standard, along with fixed LED headlights – the adaptive LED units which were standard on the Titanium and part of the optional style pack for other models before are gone, replaced with the static LED front lights with different LED daytime running light signature.

    Race Red and Fantastic Red have been added to the colour palette.

    Power in the Focus still comes from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine making 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque, put to the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    The latest Focus is a bit-part player in the hotly-contested small car under $40,000 segment in Australia. With 3682 sold in 2019, its market share is dwarfed by the Hyundai i30 (28,378 sales) and Toyota Corolla (30,468 sales).

    It was narrowly outsold by the Subaru Impreza (4518 sales), while its closest rival on price, the Volkswagen Golf, found 14,355 homes last year.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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