When it arrives you’ll notice exclusive paint colours, including the vibrant Tangerine Scream paint colour which appears to have been carried over from the current Focus ST.
The front grilles have a honeycomb mesh pattern and a unique front bumper, which has grey painted aspects and a slightly sportier edge than the ST-Line (although the two are otherwise pretty similar). At the back, there’s a gloss black painted spoiler, painted diffuser and an altered bumper design. You’ll spot the two exhausts poking out of each side, hinting that this car will be quick. The alloy wheels look to be a new design and may be standard, with larger wheels available.
Whichever Focus ST model you buy, all will come with supportive suede-like Recaro seats to keep you in place through fast corners. The top-spec ST-3 version is likely to feature part-leather trim to show it’s at the top of the Focus ST tree. Inside this hot hatch, you’ll also be treated to a flat-bottomed steering wheel with contrasting stitching, and plenty of ST badges dotted around.
Ford is likely to throw a lot of kit at the ST, including the 8” SYNC 3 touchscreen, switchable driving modes and lane-keeping aids. We expect that satellite navigation, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera will be available on the top-spec ST-3 or in the options list.
How does 275hp sound? It’s 25hp up on the current car and more than enough to take on the Hyundai i30 N, VW Golf GTI and Renault Megane RS crowd. That’ll allow the upcoming Focus RS to chase down high-end hot hatchbacks from Mercedes, Audi and BMW, with power likely to pushing past the 400hp mark.
Currently it’s not clear what engine will produce all the Focus ST’s poke. It could be an updated version of the 2.0-litre powerplant in the current car, but other rumours suggest Ford will use a tweaked version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo that’s currently used in the 182hp Focus and the new Fiesta ST. With this engine, the car will be able to shut down a cylinder to save fuel when on light throttle. There’ll also be a diesel version with around 200hp.
In a rare and surprising move, the All-New Focus is considerably less expensive than the outgoing Focus, despite being available with more equipment. This could be good news for the upcoming Focus ST – expect prices to start roughly around the £25,000 mark. Just like the current car, Ford will offer the ST in ST-2 and ST-3 trim levels. The ST-3 will offer more features but will cost slightly more.
Ford is expected to reveal the new car in the first half of 2019 before putting it in dealerships before the end of the year.
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