Ford's compact Focus, which has been the best-selling automotive nameplate globally for the past couple years, hasn't had a refresh since its major overhaul for the 2012 model year. It's getting one for 2015.
It's not a bold departure from the status quo in either case. The new car adopts Ford's now-signature trapezoidal grille shape, bringing it visually in line with the rest of the family.
It gets some other sheet-metal tweaks as well – a new hood and deck – as well as revised lighting at both ends and a more substantial overhaul inside.
Those revisions include new colours and materials, new seat trims, satin chrome detailing, new switches and an available heated steering wheel as well as a new centre console and glove box with improved storage.
A rear-view camera system is standard for the first time and available driver-assist technologies include a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and lane-keeping system.
The biggest news, however, comes under the hood where the Focus joins the Fiesta in offering Ford's award-winning 1.0-litrer EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, along with a six-speed transmission, for optimum fuel efficiency.
That engine will be optional, with Ford's 2.0-liter GDI I-4 as standard.
The new Focus also gets some suspension and chassis upgrades, including a new damper valve design that helps improve interior quietness, a new electronic stability program system with less intrusion and improved comfort, and a change to the rear suspension that is said to give drivers a more connected feel to the road.
The 2015 Ford Focus goes on sale in the second half of 2014.