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Hot version of latest Focus will be more driver focused and come in manual guise only

by Sam Sheehan, 23 April 2018

Ford is developing its most engaging Focus ST yet with the proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, making the future model its last non-electrified high-performance Focus.

Replacing the old ST’s 2.0-litre engine, the 2.3-litre unit will have close technical links to the aluminium four-pot used by the 345bhp Focus RS but will be adapted for life in the front-wheel drive ST to offer around 250bhp. Since the next RS is due to kick-start hybrid power for Ford's hot models from 2020, the upcoming ST will serve as the final chapter in pure combustion power for Focus hot hatches.

Ford is understood to have chosen the 2.3-litre powerplant, rather than a more powerful version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder featured in the new Fiesta ST, because the smaller engine would have to be run close to its reliable limit in this guise. The Focus ST competes against the Renault Mégane RS and Peugeot 308 GTi, which come with 276bhp and 266bhp respectively.

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The 2.3-litre, on the other hand, which offers up to 370bhp in the Focus RS Red Edition, can be more practically tuned for the Focus ST. It's due to come mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, with no Powershift automatic option.

This change signals a clear driver focus for the new model, suggesting that the next Focus ST will be a more enthusiastic and playful car to drive. The latest Focus arrived in April with claims from Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s vice president for product development, that it will offer “that fun-to-drive feel” earlier Focus models were famous for across the line-up. The ST will, of course, take this to the next level.

The new Focus is also said to be 88kg lighter, like-for-like, than the old car, suggesting the ST could shed some kilos from the old car’s 1437kg figure. Its structure is claimed to be 20% more rigid, with a 50% improvement around the suspension elements, which should provide Ford engineers with the opportunity to improve the ST's agility without compromising ride quality. This has certainly been the case with the new Fiesta, which has received similar improvements over its predecessor.

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Ford had planned to launch its next Focus ST at the end of 2018, but Autocar has learned that the Blue Oval brand has pushed back the car’s arrival into 2019. It’s expected to be revealed in the run up to the 2019 Geneva motor show, with a public debut at the March event. Sales should kick-off by next summer.

The Focus ST will remain the most potent version of the Focus on sale until the next-generation Focus RS arrives in 2020. As scooped by Autocar, that car will use a smaller 2.0-litre engine mated to a hybrid powerplant that’s based around 48V architecture to offer 400bhp.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2019-ford-focus-st-use-23-litre-ecoboost-engine
 

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See, that would make a lot more sense than it using the 1.5L. It looks like the 2019 FoST will have considerably more tuning potential depending on the turbo Ford adds.
 

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The 2.3 makes sense but this article has a whiff of BS about it. I thought it was confirmed EU was getting 1.5L 3cyl for ST and this wouldn't be until 2020 and we are waiting to hear what the US spec ST was going to get. No other auto website is reporting this as well...
 

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I think every article that talks about the 3cyl Focus ST, is referring to the "ST-Line". Which is just the standard Focus with visual upgrades.


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Why would 250 be surprising? Keep the boost down by the factory and enjoy the torque from the extra 3 mm of stroke. There is more headroom because I am sure the new engine also uses the dual scroll Garrett turbo that the RS uses currently.

The '19 will be faster than the '12-'18 by a good margin and tuned will finally be on level with a tuned Mk7 GTI.
 

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Well if the '19 ST has a 2.3 from the RS with dual scroll & a LSD I will be trading in my 2017 for it assuming it is in the same MSRP price range of $26k-28K. It will probably have the full RS intake setup too, maybe with a ST engraved open style air box!
 

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I'll be surprised if it's only 250 HP. 15% extra displacement is a lot.
I think it will be 300/325 hp/tq with a frpp package available to make it 350/375
 

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Look like the US won’t be getting it either way. At least not long term.

Ford is moving away from sedans and will only sell the Focus butchwagon here.


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Also read this news. Hopefully the operative phrase is "phase out" and the ST line continues for as long as possible.

I thought reading that the focus line will be moved to China was bad news, hearing that it's a deadend in the US is a disaster.
 

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It doesn't sound like a phase out. It sounds like a gunshot straight to the head. At any rate the new focus will NOT be coming here. Given that production is moving to China it sounds like 2018/2019 will be the last true ST sold stateside.
 

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From the article: "The conventional Focus hatchback that just debuted for Europe last week won't come to the US at all."

You won't see it at all in the US. Dealers won't order them or sell them. I'm in Germany, so once the ST-Line comes out here, I'll take pics and post them.
 

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From the article: "The conventional Focus hatchback that just debuted for Europe last week won't come to the US at all."

You won't see it at all in the US. Dealers won't order them or sell them. I'm in Germany, so once the ST-Line comes out here, I'll take pics and post them.
so - first it's a 1.5L turbo, now it's a 2.3L turbo

which is it?
Since we will never see the ST again in the US (at least unless they change their minds in a few years and bring back the Focus line to the US) I'm done following it and I'll just remain depressed and think about getting a Honda or Subie in 6 years :(


Edit: also if y'all haven't seen yet...the Fusion, Taurus, Focus, and Fiesta will no longer be offered in the US. Only the Mustang, Focus Active, SUVs and Trucks. Stupid America.
 

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From the article: "The conventional Focus hatchback that just debuted for Europe last week won't come to the US at all."

You won't see it at all in the US. Dealers won't order them or sell them. I'm in Germany, so once the ST-Line comes out here, I'll take pics and post them.
so - first it's a 1.5L turbo, now it's a 2.3L turbo

which is it?
Since we will never see the ST again in the US (at least unless they change their minds in a few years and bring back the Focus line to the US) I'm done following it and I'll just remain depressed and think about getting a Honda or Subie in 6 years <img src="http://www.focusst.org/forum/images/smilies/frown.png" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" />


Edit: also if y'all haven't seen yet...the Fusion, Taurus, Focus, and Fiesta will no longer be offered in the US. Only the Mustang, Focus Active, SUVs and Trucks. Stupid America.
Ditto. What a shame. I hate crossovers.
 
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