The next-generation Ford Focus has actually been found going through winter season testing. Reports recommend a faster Focus ST could come fitted with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine– scaled down from the present car’s 2.0-litre system. Information of the brand-new ST are still scarce, but Ford sees performance models as crucial to identify the Focus from its rivals in a congested market. Up until now, ST models have been more popular than the more just recently launched Vignale luxury variants. The 2018 Ford Focus ST are anticipated to keep their formula of budget-friendly and accessible efficiency, combined with roadway manners that motivate daily use.
Under the skin, the Focus is likely to retain the existing version’s Global C-car platform. Nevertheless, Palmer’s group will have been given a short to make sure the set-up keeps suspension comfort, while discovering more of the handling dexterity that made the Mk1 and Mk2 cars so popular. The existing model is a probably good-looking car and we anticipate this upcoming model to boast similar sharp lines and smart proportions. Our special render, shown below, shows exactly what the basic Focus could look like– high-performance ST versions must look visibly more aggressive. A honeycomb grille, large alloy wheels and a sporty body package are all expected to make a look on the new car while numerous ST badges will help less sharp-eyed enthusiasts different this model from a basic diesel hatchback.
The 2018 Ford Focus ST expected to boast a spacious cabin including a brand new touchscreen infotainment system, a minimalistic dash and improved all-around visibility over the old car. Top spec models might feature a digital dash cluster, changing more standard determines– a feature seen on the facelifted Ford Mustang. The new car needs to likewise provide rear passengers more head and legroom than the outgoing ST and should come with a considerably larger boot, too.
The present Focus ST’s 2.0-litre engine boasts a healthy 252hp, more than enough power for most chauffeurs. The next generation’s ST’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine could produce as much as 275hp. Much like the current model, a potent diesel ST variation could also be available– probably powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder system.
The 2018 Ford Focus ST hatchback and estate models are expected go on sale in early 2018, a couple of months after the basic models. Hatchback and estate models could cost from around ₤ 26,000 and ₤ 27,00 o respectively.