Elsewhere, there are mild exterior upgrades aimed at improving aerodynamic performance, including a new engine cover, grille with automatic shutters and “underbody optimisation”.
The interior upgrades are focused on improving available kit rather than visual changes. Three new infotainment options, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are said to be smarter, faster and more intuitive to operate. Wireless smartphone charging, a Bose sound system and a heated windscreen are also available depending on spec.
Safety kit has improved, too, with a new digital front camera allowing greater recognition of hazards and pedestrian detection for the autonomous braking system, while the traffic sign recognition system is enhanced.
The new Ford Focus rival is set to go on sale next month, with first deliveries due in November. Prices are yet to be revealed, but expect a modest increase over the outgoing model.