The Ford Focus is finding a fresh face.

Christian_W_76 for CarPix snapped these photos of an updated Ford Focus Active wagon, signalling an updated model is imminent.

Most prominent are the new LED daytime running light signatures.

Instead of an upside-down tick around halfway down the assembly, the daytime running lights now run along the base of the headlight.

The new DRLs resemble those found in the Mondeo, which was discontinued here last year but lives on (for now) in Europe.

There’s a restyled grille with horizontal chrome bars, while camouflage has also been placed on the front bumper and bonnet suggesting there are changes being made there, too.

There are restyled tail lights down back, which suggests the hatchback will also receive restyled tail lights.

We don’t get the Focus Active wagon here, with the only Focus wagon sold here – the ST-Line – getting the axe last year.

It was discontinued along with the Trend and Titanium hatchbacks, and followed the base Ambiente hatchback out the door.

That leaves a three-model range, comprising Active, ST-Line and ST hatchbacks.

For 2021, various specification changes have been made to the local range.

The ST now has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, though it lost blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The ST-Line adopted independent rear suspension like the rest of the surviving range, while front parking sensors and FordPassConnect connectivity were made standard across the range.

You can read more about the 2021 range in our price and specs article.

The current, fourth generation of Focus was introduced for 2019, making it one of the fresher models in the segment.

Last year was a brutal one for small car sales, with the Focus’ segment down 29.3 per cent and the Focus itself suffering one of the largest declines: 49.0 per cent.

Unfortunately for Ford, even its 2019 tally of 3682 sales is well down from just a few years ago.

In 2014, for example, Ford sold 15,116 Focuses. That means sales have plummeted by 75 per cent over six years despite the introduction of a new model, worse than even the Mazda 3 (down 42.42 per cent) and Toyota Corolla (down 30.3 per cent) over the same period.

In contrast, Focus sales have been much more stable in Europe. With total sales of just over 220,000 in both 2014 and 2019, there’s essentially been no movement.

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William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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