2019 Ford Focus ST revealed with 280PS and selectable drive modes

Published 18 February 2019

Ford has revealed its sporty new Focus ST ahead of it going on sale this summer - with prices expected to start at around £27,000.

Available as a five-door hatchback or estate, the 2019 Ford Focus ST will cover 0-62mph in under six seconds and be powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine producing 280PS and 420Nm of torque. There will also be a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel version with 190PS and 400Nm.

Based on the excellent new Focus, the ST model is set to be as comfortable as it is fun to drive, says Ford. The position of the Recaro front seats has been finely tuned - suggesting the driving position might not be as high up as in previous models - while tweaked engine mounts provide an increase in refinement.

An ST-embossed aluminium gear knob and scuff plates add a sporting touch to the interior, along with a sport steering wheel, alloy pedals and metal grey stitching. There's also Ford's SYNC3 multimedia system, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the petrol Focus ST will hit 62mph in less than 6.0 seconds - half a second quicker than the old model, and potentially as fast as the Honda Civic Type R.

Selectable drive modes will be offered for the first time on a Focus ST, along with an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD). This will ensure the front-wheel-drive system responds quickly to changing grip levels and driver inputs.

Buyers will get the choice of a six-speed manual or a new seven-speed automatic transmission. Anti-lag technology developed on the Ford GT supercar will be introduced on the Focus ST to ensure immediate power delivery when in Sport or Track drive modes.

Also new is rev-matching technology which automatically blips the throttle on downshifts, available as part of the optional Performance Pack for 2.3-litre EcoBoost manual models.

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Exterior colours include Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury - both exclusive to the ST in the Focus range - along with Frozen White, Magnetic Grey, Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black. Buyers can choose between 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The new Ford Focus ST will go on sale in the UK in summer 2019 - with prices set to be confirmed later in the year.

Comments

mmmmm    on 18 February 2019

Some other sources report that the auto is petrol only, a switch from the previous model which was diesel only auto, coupled with the troublesome Powershift 'box.

Car makers are slowly waking up to the fact that many drivers are shut out from performance models, when there is no auto option, for reasons including, medical, auto only driving licence and not forgetting just being able to choose auto because you like it.

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