The new Ford Focus ST has been revealed. It features more aggressive design, new technology and improved efficiency. Ford has sold over 140,000 since its launch in 2002, and the Focus remains the best-selling nameplate in the world, so obviously Ford is keen to make the new Focus ST the best one yet. The biggest news however is the launch of a new diesel Focus ST - the first ever Focus ST to be fuelled from the black-handled pump. Keep reading to find out more - we've got all the important facts and figures about the new model.
***November 14th Update*** Pricing and Specification details announced
Pricing details have been released for the new Focus ST. It is on sale now from £22,195, and first customer deliveries are penciled in for February 2015.
As before, there will be three different grades, ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3.
The specifications of the ST-1 include:
18" ST alloy wheels, Thatcham Cat 1 alarm, ST design full bodykit, ST rear spoiler, manual air conditioning, Recaro sports front seats, radio/CD player with 4.2" TFT display, DAB, USB, AUX, Ford SYNC Bluetooth and voice control, Ford Keyless Start, leather gearshift knob, ST front door scuff plates, torque vectoring control, Ford My Key, tyre pressure monitoring system.
ST-2 models add:
Recaro sports seats with partial leather trim, heated front windscreen, LED daytime running lights, auto lights/wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear carpet mats.
One option extra for the ST-2 you might consider is the ST style pack 1, which includes 19" alloy wheels, privacy glass, red brake callipers and illuminated scuff plates.
ST-3 models add:
Ford SYNC2 with 8" touchscreen, DAB with voice control and emergency assistance, bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting, headlight jetwash, electrically adjustable front seats, Recaro 3-seater rear bench seat, power folding door mirrors, cruise control, speed limiter, rock metallic 18" alloy wheels, red brake callipers, illuminated ST scuff plates, privacy glass, rear parking sensors and Ford Keyfree system (keyless entry and start).
One option extra for the ST-3 you might consider is the ST style pack 2, which includes 19" alloy wheels. You can also specify a power tilt/slide sunroof and a heated steering wheel on ST-2 and ST-3 grades.
Interestingly, the all-new diesel Focus ST will exactly the same as the petrol one, so if you can make the choice between economy and power with no price penalty for either!
Watch below as the petrol hatchback and diesel estate Focus STs go head-to-head in a track battle.
Up front is a new bumper, a new honeycomb grille design and unique slim-line headlamps and rectangular fog lamps, making the ST even more recognisable. Round the sides are body-coloured side skirts and at the rear there are diffuser elements around the centre-exit twin hexagonal exhaust and a large roof spoiler. A lower, wider stance along with the optional new-design 19" alloy wheels really sets off the sporty appearance. You might have noticed from the pictures that there's also a brand new colour in the ST range; Stealth Grey has been added to the already eclectic mix of Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black and Race Red.
The Executive Design Director for Ford Europe said of the ST:
"Focus ST has proved very popular with Ford's sporty customers and the new model takes that to an even more striking and dramatic level. The signature honeycomb upper grille has been re-proportioned, there are new rectangular fog lamps in the outer apertures, and the lower fascia offers a much sharper definition and profile. At the rear, the width of the car is emphasised by a new full-width graphic."
Focus STs go Head-to-Head
The ST retains the same 2.0-litre 250PS EcoBoost petrol engine but it's now more efficient than ever before, achieving up to 41.5 mpg. CO2 emissions have also dropped to 158 g/km, thanks to Auto-Start-Stop technology helping the driver to avoid wasting fuel in heavy traffic. The mpg figures are impressive given that the car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 6.5s, and is able to achieve a maximum speed of 154 mph thanks to 360Nm of torque available from 2000 rpm all the way to 4500 rpm.
First Diesel Ford Focus ST
For the First time in the history of the Focus ST, a Diesel version is to be offered, with huge economy gains of the petrol powered version with only slightly reduced performance. It utilises a 2.0-litre TDCi engine producing 185PS - 23% higher than the regular 2.0-litre TDCi power plant. It manages this significant power boost thanks to a new air intake system and a tuned exhaust combined with revised electronic calibration.
Performance is strong with the Focus ST Diesel. 185Ps is enough to power it from 0-62 mph in just 8.1 seconds, and on to a maximum speed of 135 mph. Because of the impressive 400 Nm of torque available from 2,000-2,750m rpm, the in-gear acceleration is rapid - in sixth gear 50-75 mph takes just 9.7 seconds - 2.2 seconds faster than the standard 150PS Focus.
Headline figures for the Ford Focus ST Diesel are as follows:
- 0-62mph in 8.1 Seconds
- Up to 64.2 mpg
- 114m g/km CO2
Inside the New Focus ST
The interior of the Focus has been redesigned, and there are much fewer buttons than before, giving a cleaner, simpler look and feel to the dashboard. There's also a new flat-bottomed ST-badged leather sports steering wheel, satin chrome-topped gear lever and ST branded pedals, while the hallmark triple bank of oil temperature, oil pressure and turbo boost pressure remain. Of course it wouldn't be an ST without Recaro seats - designed especially for this model - and they provide you with comfort for every day driving, and extra support for when you're pushing that little bit harder through the corners. In the ST2 model, the seats will sport partial leather that's available in four colours that match the ones of the exterior of the vehicle.
Ford's Global Performance Vehicle Group (Ford Team RS) were tasked with the goal of improving the whole driving experience for the new Ford Focus ST. To achieve this, they have made changes to the suspension and electronic steering setups.
These changes include all-new front springs and tweaks to both the front and rear shock absorbers. When combined with the ST-only anti-roll bars, more responsive steering and revised settings for the Torque Vectoring and Stability Control functions, the aim is to produce a driving experience that is even sharper than before. For those that don't know, torque vectoring is the process of sending the optimum amount of torque to whichever wheel has the most grip at any moment in time, increasing both traction and agility. New tyres have also been specially designed in conjunction with Michelin, with the aim of maximising lateral grip.
There are a range of driver assistance technologies available with the new Ford Focus ST and ST Diesel. Ford SYNC 2 is a voice activation system that allows the user to control audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phone functions through the power of speech, in conjunction with a HD 8-inch colour touchscreen.
Other new technologies include
- Adaptive Bi-Xenon Headlamps: These change the angle of the headlamps based on the steering angle and speed of the vehicle.
- Cross Traffic Alert: This is a new system that alerts drivers reversing out of parking spaces when a vehicle is driving past - very handy for supermarket and multi-story car parks
- Enhanced Active City Stop: Operating at speeds up to 31 mph, this system readies the brakes if a potential impact is detected, if the driver is not responding to the potential impact for whatever reason (e.g. carelessness) then the brakes will be applied automatically.
- Lane Keeping Aid: Applies torque to the steering wheel to keep the Focus ST in its lane if 'drifting' is detected.
The new Ford Focus ST is available to order from autumn 2014, and will be landing dealerships from early 2015.