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2015 Ford Focus ST Updated

Like its more mainstream Focus hatchback and sedan siblings, the 2015 Ford Focus ST hot hatch gets a facelift that brings updated front and rear fascias, new features, and a reworked interior. To bolster its performance credentials, the Focus ST also has an updated suspension with different tuning that Ford claims will make for a sharper driving experience.

The 2015 Ford Focus ST's new face features slimmer headlights, a wider grille, and a tweaked lower fascia that give the car a more modern and aggressive look. Out back, the ST's new taillights are smaller than before, and the entire rear end has a much cleaner look thanks to simplified lines on the tailgate and rear bumper. The interior also has a cleaner look, with a revised gauge cluster, a new flat-bottom steering wheel, and rearranged controls for the MyFord Touch infotainment system and climate controls. Ford is also adding some new equipment to the new Focus ST, including a standard backup camera and options like a heated steering wheel and a power driver's seat.

In terms of dynamic improvements, the 2015 Ford Focus ST has new front springs, different shock absorber tuning in the front and the rear, and revised electric power steering that's supposed to deliver better feel. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder still makes the same 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and mates with a one-choice-only six-speed manual transmission.

Along with these more significant changes, there are also a host of appearance tweaks like new 18-inch wheels, a few new exterior colors, and the availability of either Satin Black or High Gloss Red racing stripes that come with matching mirror caps.

We don't anticipate any significant pricing changes for the 2015 Ford Focus ST, which comes in ST1, ST2, and ST3 trim levels, so expect something close to the current car's $24,450 starting price when the updated 2015 model goes on sale later this year.