Spotted recently at a photo shoot in Cascais, Portugal, the all-new, 2019 Ford Focus ST looks ready to roll in a new spy photograph snapped by a man named Tamás and published by Hungarian car news outlet Vezess. The crystal-clear photo of the undisguised Focus ST gives us a decent look at its side profile, new headlight and taillight designs, rear spoiler, and two-tone alloy wheels.
You can take a peak yourself over on the Vezess website (in Hungarian).
How do we know it’s the new Ford Focus ST, and not just a standard Focus model? The big spoiler hanging over the rear hatch glass, which appears to be sized similarly to the spoiler on the current ST, is a bit of a giveaway, as are the big, sporty-looking alloy wheels and the red painted brake calipers. In addition, although it isn’t legible in this shot, the photographer says that’s an “ST” badge on the front fender.
The photographer, Tamás, also snapped a photo of another 2019 Ford Focus and submitted it to Vezess, although that car is mostly covered. Based on the upscale-looking alternative wheel design, the unpainted brake calipers, and the thin chrome strip along the bottoms of the doors, we’re guessing the covered example is a high-spec non-ST model – perhaps the Titanium.
The all-new, fourth-generation Ford Focus compact will bow later this year before going on sale as a 2019 model-year car. North American examples will be sourced primarily from China rather than Mexico as originally planned, with the 2019 Ford Ranger – and later, the Ford Bronco – moving in to take the Focus’ place at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant.
As for the new Focus ST, it could return packing essentially the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 under the hood, although given Ford’s decision to downsize the motor in the Fiesta ST slightly and shed a cylinder, the Focus ST could end up with something a bit smaller.