Ford Focus ST

Ford has lifted the covers of its facelifted Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and introduced a new diesel engine option to the model.

Normally fitted with a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor, the diesel engine, which is also 2.0-litres in size, will appeal to those looking for greater fuel economy as it improves the car's fuel consumption by around six per cent.

CO2 emissions are also greatly improved, dropping from 158g/km in the petrol model to 114g/km – representing a drop of four road tax bands under the current rules.

However, as it produces just 182bhp, it can't quite match the petrol model's performance figures, taking 8.1 seconds to get from 0-62mph compared to 6.5 seconds and topping out at 135mph rather than 154mph.

Elsewhere, the revised ST gets new front and rear suspension setups, the aim of which is to make the car both more comfortable and responsive to drive. The setup of the car's electronic power steering has also been recalibrated to quicker response.

Cosmetically, the ST gets slimmer headlamps for a more aggressive front aesthetic, as well as a reprofiled bonnet and grille.

Inside, the previously confusing dashboard layout has been simplified, with fewer buttons not only making it more ergonomic, but giving a cleaner, more modern look.

Keen to reinforce the ST's position as a driver's machine, Ford is making both models available solely with a six-speed short-throw manual gearbox. However, as it's available in both five-door and estate guises, the model is far from an uncompromising performance machine and will happily take on daily family duties.

The refreshed Focus ST will be available to order this Autumn, with pricing to be announced closer to its launch.

If you want to check it out before then, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is on now until Sunday.