What’s this then?
It’s always going to be one of the more interesting stories about Ford when details are announced about a sporty new ST model.
We’ve now got all the information about the latest Focus ST, which made such a big impression when it made its debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
While the good looks of the performance Focus are hard for anybody to deny, it will still continue to polarise opinion thanks to Ford’s insistence on only offering it in five-door format. What’s more, the Focus ST will now be offered in both petrol and diesel variants.
The new Focus ST will come in three different trim levels; ST1, ST2 and ST3. In its most basic ST1 form, the new car will set you back £22,195 for both diesel and petrol engine models.
An estate version will once again be available, but it’s the car’s tweaked exterior and revamped interior that are grabbing the headlines.
What’s about new technology?
Unsurprisingly, the new ST offers more connectivity, driver assistance and convenience features than ever before such as Ford’s SYNC 2 technology, which lets you control audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones by shouting at the dashboard or using a high-definition, eight-inch colour touchscreen.
We now also get the Active City Stop collision avoidance system, auto stop/start to improve economy, and Adaptive Front Lighting (which looks around corners as you turn the steering wheel) for the first time on the new ST.
All variants of the new ST come with the same six-speed manual transmission, which features a short-throw shift for snappier-feeling gear changes.
What’s under the bonnet?
We now have the option of either a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, or a 2.0-litre TDCI diesel engine for the first time in the ST.
The new diesel addition to the Focus ST is a punchy 2.0-litre unit that develops 182hp and and impressive 400nm of torque, and the 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol option uses turbocharging to give us 247hp and take the car on to a top speed of 154mph.
Ford assures us the 2.0-litre diesel is a completely different beast from the 148hp version we see in the standard Focus. This one has a different air intake system and a new exhaust to deliver an impressive 23 percent more power than the standard 2.0-litre TDCI we are used to.
The entry-level ST1s are seriously well-equipped, with standard features that include 18-inch ST alloys, a full bodykit and spoiler, Ford SYNC, keyless start, colour digital instrument cluster and tyre-pressure monitoring.
If you step up to the ST2 trim that will start at £23,695, then you’ll get things like a heated windscreen, partial-leather Recaro front seats, rain sensing wipers and Dual Electronic Automatic Temperature Control.
If all that isn’t quite enough for you, the top of the range ST3 also gives you the advanced SYNC 2 system, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, privacy glass, rear parking sensors, ‘Rock Metallic’ alloys with red brake callipers, illuminated scuff plates and much, much more for a starting price of £25,995.
When can I have one?
Orders are being taken now, with deliveries expected from February 2015.
In a line…
Ford is certainly upping its game with the latest Focus ST, although some will continue to question the five-door-only format – come on Ford, give us a truly sport three-door…