One of the most anticipated cars of 2019 has broken cover, with the Ford Focus ST revealed to the world ahead of the Geneva motor show.
Available as either a hatchback or estate, the performance machine tops the Focus range and boasts bags of new technology.
Two engines will be available on the new Focus ST. The headline-grabbing option is a 2.3-litre petrol, which is a detuned version of the engine from the previous Focus RS. It generates 280hp and 420Nm in the new ST, sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
What that translates to in performance has yet to be revealed, but Ford says to expect the 0-60mph sprint to come in under six seconds. The previous model had 250hp and 360Nm and managed the 0-60mph sprint in 6.5 seconds.
As with the previous-generation ST (and bucking the industry moves away from diesel engines), Ford is continuing to offer a black-pump variant of the Focus ST. The 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 190hp and 400Nm, so performance is likely to be noticeably down on the petrol model.
For reference, the previous diesel Focus ST had 185hp and 400Nm, and it ran the 0-60mph test in 8.1 seconds, so expect something similar this time round.
Regardless of engine, the new Focus ST is the first Ford model to feature an electronic limited-slip differential to help distribute power across the front axle effectively.
Selectable drive modes also make an ST debut, allowing the car to be optimised for a number of driving conditions – with Sport and Track modes even amplifying the engine note.
Along with ST badging and aluminium trim highlights throughout the cabin, a pair of Recaro seats for driver and front passenger should enhance the performance feel of the hatchback.
As for the exterior, the Focus ST goes a step further than the already aggressive-looking Focus ST-Line with revised grille designs, a larger rear spoiler and the addition of a twin-exit exhaust system. Red brake callipers are also available via an optional Performance Pack, while 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels can be specified.
This boosted performance and racier edge hasn’t resulted in a compromised list of luxury features, though. Adaptive cruise control, automatic headlights, a head-up display and a self-parking system are all available too.
Order books for the new Ford Focus ST will open in the summer, with deliveries to follow later in the year. Expect full UK pricing and specifications to follow soon.