After many spy shots and rumoured specs, Ford has finally revealed Focus ST. The new-gen Focus is built with lower ground clearance, a spacious cabin, and light-weight body. Not just that, the company has also offered the hatch in two engines as well as two transmission choices. It will come with both petrol and diesel powertrain. The good news is that for the first time, the Focus will be offered with automatic transmission for the petrol variant.
According to the carmaker, the updated engine variants are capable of generating 12 per cent more horsepower and 17 per cent more torque as opposed to the early Focus ST. The gasoline variant is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine which churns out 276 hp of peak power at 5,500 rpm and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) from 3,000 rpm. The company claims a top speed of 0-100km/h at just six seconds. Isn’t it amazing?
The all-new petrol variant comes with a new anti-lag system inspired by the performance cars, Ford GT and F-150 Raptor. The advancements made to the powertrain also includes a new twin-scroll turbocharger, electronically controlled wastegate and latest low-pressure exhaust system. As said earlier, both the diesel and petrol variants will be offered with two transmission options: the existing six-speed manual and an all-new seven-speed automatic.
In the press release, Ford claimed, “Engine response is enhanced using a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, which scavenges exhaust gas energy more effectively using separated channels to minimise interference between gas pulses. An electronically actuated waste-gate allows closer control of boost pressures for optimised engine performance. In addition, a unique exhaust system that reduces back pressure, bespoke air intake system and optimised intercooler further improve breathing.”
The new-gen Focus ST also comes with electronic limited-slip differential as standard which allows advance stability, particularly while cornering. The speed of the new-gen model also defeated the speediest Fiesta ST. The new performance car is 15 per cent more than the previous model. The vehicle comes with different drive models including Slippery/Wet, Normal, and Sport as standard. The top specs variant also gets an addition features such as Track mode and wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Moving inside the cabin, we observe a spacious and feature packed design. It is integrated with Recaro sports seats, an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob, ST scuff plates, and metallic and satin silver detailing. It has received lots of high-level safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist along with lane centring function, adaptive headlights with camera-based auto high-beam, road sign recognition, Active Park Assist 2, a head-up display, Evasive Steering Assist, and many more.
The car is introduced with the launch control system, red brake callipers, and rev-matching technology based on the Mustang. The diesel variant is equipped with Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) system and Torque Vectoring Control system as well. The Braking duties are handled with 330mm x 27mm front brake discs with two-piston callipers, and 302mm x 11mm rears discs.
Ford is expected to release the all-new Focus ST in Europe, in June 2019 as the hatchback and wagon-based trims. On the other hand, the Australian models are expected to arrive next year. However, the company has no plans yet to launch this model in the Indian market anytime soon in future. After the launch, the car will rival against the likes of Volkswagen Golf GTI, Peugeot 308 GTi, Hyundai’s i30 N Performance, and Honda’s Civic Type R.
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