Ford already putting the finishing touches on a hot version of the new Focus ST, which has been caught on the road
The next Ford Focus ST has been caught on camera once again, this time on the road and wearing substantially less in the way of a disguise.
For the first time we can see the sportier styling of the next ST, as this mule wears no diversionary ‘zebra print’ wrapping. The design changes over the ST-Line version of the all-new fourth-generation Ford Focus include larger, more aggressive vents in the front apron, a different set of side skirts, and a new rear bumper with exhausts positioned in each rear corner of the car. Trademark Y-spoke ST wheels are equipped too, though it’s possible the finished item could ride on a different set.
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While previous spy shots have caught the new ST undergoing performance and handling assessment on the Nurburgring, these reveal that Ford is now testing the car’s on-road manners, and in particular, its ability as a tow car. With the exhausts moving from the middle of the rear bumper to either corner, the new ST will be compatible with a tow bar.
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Both hatchback and estate versions of the Focus ST are planned, likely to arrive towards the end of 2019. A full-fat RS version, possibly with hybrid power, is due at a later date.
At the moment we know little about what will be powering the next Focus ST, though it’s more than likely to receive a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol unit – that’s as large as the regular petrol line-up goes.
A power output of around 275bhp would ensure that the new Focus ST is competitive with the Hyundai i30 N Performance and Volkswagen Golf GTI. Extra punch won’t be the car’s only new trick though – cylinder deactivation tech will make the Focus ST more economical than ever. A diesel-powered option with around 200bhp looks set arrive as well, despite the fuel falling out of favour with British car buyers in recent months.
We expect Ford to retain the same ST-2 and ST-3 trim levels, with the ST-2 version likely to start at around £27,000 when the car arrives on sale in Britain next year.
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