Ford has finally pulled the sheet off the all-new Focus ST. Developed by Ford Performance, the new Focus ST will deliver hot-hatchback thrills and slick styling, all in one practical package. But only if you live in Europe.
Alas, like so many other appealing Ford vehicles the new Focus ST won’t be coming to North America. It joins the new Fiesta ST, Everest, Troller, and Ranger Raptor on the tree of forbidden fruit for those living in the New World.
The new Focus ST will run on Ford’s new C2 architecture and will be enhanced with a unique suspension, upgraded brakes, and new ST-specific powertrains, creating what Ford says is the most responsive and agile Focus ST driving experience ever–on both the road and the track.
There will be two engines available in the 2019 Focus ST. Customers can choose between Ford’s gasoline powered 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder which will pump out 276 horsepower and a whopping 309 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engine producing 187 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The latter of which will come exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching, while the gasser gets both the stick and a seven-speed paddle-shifting automatic.
The new Focus ST will show off Ford’s first application of an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) in a front-wheel drive vehicle. Ford says that this will enhance the cornering abilities and overall stability of the new ST. The e-diff will come standard in EcoBoost models, while the diesel EcoBlue models will make do with a traditional mechanical LSD and brake-controlled torque vectoring.
Selectable Drive Modes are also being introduced to the Focus ST for the first time, which will enable drivers to adjust the vehicle’s characteristics to best suit the specific driving scenario. Drivers will be able to select between Slippery/Wet, Normal, Sport, and Track-although Track mode will only be available on models equipped with the performance pack. There will be a dedicated “Sport” button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel that gives drivers direct access to Sport mode, as well as an additional “Mode” button allowing drivers to quickly scroll through the various drive modes.
Comfort and overall driving experience will be optimized in the new Focus ST thanks to an advanced independent rear suspension with available continuously controlled damping. Continuously controlled damping (CCD) monitors suspension, body, steering, and braking inputs every two milliseconds to adjust damping responses for outstanding ride quality and driving dynamics. CCD will be standard for five-door EcoBoost variants.
The new Focus ST will be manufactured at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility in Germany following a €600 million ($678,732,600 USD) investment. The all-new Focus ST will go on sale across Europe in summer 2019. Pricing is still to come. But not for us Americans.
Anybody else find it odd that an iconic American automaker repeatedly holds out on its homeland?
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