Styling of the new Focus has obviously changed, with the incoming car continuing the design direction started by the Mondeo and Fiesta. Weirdly enough, if one visits the Ford Malaysia website, the Focus ST is displayed on tab. That is basically how the incoming Focus will look like, only without the go-fast bits and ST emblem on the lower grille.
Compared to the outgoing Focus, the new one has a bolder, perhaps less streamlined, look. The front façade is blatantly Aston Martin (as Ford wholly owned the luxury marque up until 2007, currently has 8% stake), with some minor changes to the headlamps (slimmer), fog lamps (longer, more elongated) and bonnet design (curved accent in the middle towards Ford logo).
The rear lamps are also slimmer, resulting in a different rear quarter panel design.
The rear spoiler is also changed to fit the overall design direction of the new Focus.
A caveat of the newer design is the rear number plate area, which looks disjointed from the rest of the car. Overall, the new Focus shares the same dimensions as the outgoing model.