Spy photos reveal changes to new Ford Focus

Spy images have revealed a series of changes to the new Ford Focus - a model which could be available to purchase from official Ford dealerships as early as spring 2014.

Although the hotly-awaited model was heavily under wraps during the testing, it is clear to see that the grille sits slightly lower than the previous model, a change which is expected to be applied to several new models across the Ford fleet.

The images also reveal a suspected tweak to the interior, with the wealth of different buttons thought to have been replaced with a simple and intuitive display panel, offering a more fluent experience for both driver and passenger.

The Focus has been one of the biggest success stories for Ford following its unveiling back in 1998, quickly gaining great acclaim from both critics and consumers alike and winning a vast amount of trophies in the process. Similarly to the Ford Ka and Fiesta, the Focus became highly regarded in its respective markets and has seen success all over the world.

In terms of the engine choices available, the choice is likely to be between a 1.0L petrol EcoBoost and a 1.5L petrol or diesel engine; it's thought that the latter will be introduced as a result of the success already seen in markets such as China, Brazil and Russia.

There won't be any big shocks in terms of the price when it arrives nest year, with the basic models thought to start at around £14,000.

With more details expected to become available in the coming weeks, these changes are a clear sign that Ford is keen to keep up with the interests, needs and styles of their consumers, ensuring that the Focus will remain a key contender in the compact car market for many years to come.