Ongoing supply chain issues – primarily the semiconductor chip shortage – have not only forced automakers to slash production over the past couple of years, but also remove certain features from those vehicles. That includes FoMoCo, which has recently deleted multicontour seats from the 2022 Ford Explorer lineup, second-row climate controls from the 2022 Ford Expedition, and factory navigation from the 2022 Ford Bronco. The 2022 Ford Focus has also faced its fair share of supply issues since being revealed last October, and now, CarExpert is reporting that the 2022 Ford Focus ST has been delayed as well.
In Australia, the 2022 Ford Focus ST was originally expected to launch in Q2 but has now been pushed back to August at the earliest as a direct result of supply chain constraints. The problem reportedly stems from the availability of components used in the model’s new 13.2-inch infotainment screen running SYNC 4, which are sourced from Ukraine. As Ford Authority reported last month, the European 2022 Focus won’t launch with the larger screen, though the automaker is working on obtaining those components from Europe in the meantime.
“The SYNC 4 parts shortage is still ongoing in Europe and we don’t have definite timing yet as to when it will be resolved,” a Ford Australia spokesperson said. “What we can confirm is that at this stage our approach is not to compromise on spec, and as a result Focus ST production is currently on hold until June, when our relocated suppliers expect to be able to supply the parts, and semiconductors, to build the SYNC 4 assembly.”
The 2022 Focus will be launching sooner in Europe, but without the larger screen as Ford is opting to move forward with the 8-inch unit running SYNC 3 for the time being. This is a problem in Australia, however, where Ford is offering a pared-down Focus lineup compared to that region, as only the performance-focused ST will be available moving forward.