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Ford has revealed its fourth generation Focus ST, scheduled to go on sale in Australia in early 2020.
Available in Europe in five-door hatchback and five-door wagon bodystyles (we hope the latter arrives locally to line up against the Skoda Octavia RS and Subaru Levorg) as well as turbocharged petrol and diesel options, Ford says the new Focus ST is more complete than ever before.
The exterior and interior transformation to the Focus ST is typical hot hatch, with a number of small touches to set it apart from regular Focus models.
Wheels up to 19-inch in size sit proudly, as does a sportier bodykit with twin rear exhaust tips. The interior is equally sporty, with Recaro sports seats, a sports steering wheel and gear knob, as well as new trimmings to differentiate it from lesser variants.
Centrepiece of the ST transformation is a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque.
It’s put to the front wheels via an electronic front differential and either a six-speed manual or a new seven-speed automatic transmission. This is also matched to available adaptive damping, while the steering has been made faster for superior handling.
Despite a lot of anti-diesel sentiment in Europe, the Focus ST diesel continues to be offered with a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.
The Focus ST diesel features torque vectoring for better handling, while all models feature larger brakes with 330mm x 27mm discs as the front and 302mm x 11mm at the rear.
Damping stiffness has been increased by up to 20 per cent at the front and 13 per cent at the rear for sportier handling as well.
Ford will also offer a performance package for the Focus ST petrol, which adds automatic rev-matching under braking as well as selectable drive modes and adaptive dampers that measure suspension, body, steering and brake inputs every two milliseconds.
Like the standard Focus hatchback and wagon, a wide range of active safety technology including forward collision warning with AEB, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert with automatic rear braking, adaptive front lighting, automatic parking, a head-up display and evasive steering assist, which helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions.
Ford Australia has confirmed that the Focus ST will be landing in Australia in early 2020, with local pricing, specifications and models yet to be confirmed.