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by Matt Campbell

A facelifted version of the Ford Focus ST will be revealed this Friday, June 27 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

Ford teased the updated Focus ST hot-hatch overnight, and judging by the sharply-styled headlight assembly it clearly brings similar design changes as have been seen on the standard Focus that was uncovered earlier this year.

The new model will make its debut in dynamic form on the hill climb course at Goodwood, with professional drivers piloting the car up the hill on all three days of the festival. Ford is also taking the innovative step of allowing Sony PlayStation gamers to challenge the pros, racing in real-time on Gran Turismo 6 against the actual car on its first run of each day, with former Top Gear secret identity (The Stig) Ben Collins at the helm.

No further details have been released about the car. It is expected the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine will remain, but it is unknown whether the updated version will retain the same power outputs of 184kW and 360Nm. It also remains unclear if an automatic transmission will be added to the car, which is currently sold only with a six-speed manual ‘box.

Don’t expect a mega power bump for the ST – that is said to be reserved for the upcoming Ford Focus RS, which will reportedly be powered by a 2.3-litre turbo four-cylinder producing as much as 245kW and more than 400Nm.

Ford has already announced this iteration of the ST will come with a diesel option, designed to tackle the Volkswagen Golf GTD. However, the company’s Australian arm has ruled this model out for the local market, citing a lack of demand.

With the facelifted Focus range not due to arrive locally until mid-2015, we wouldn’t expect to see the new-look ST in Australia until the third quarter of next year.

Stay tuned for more on the updated Focus ST as it comes to hand.

See how the Focus ST fared in our hot-hatch comparison here.

Read our Focus ST review here.

Watch the Focus ST in action in our video review.




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