The new Ford Focus ST – the ‘warm’ take on the new Ford Focus – is spied out testing ahead of a debut in spring 2019.
The new Ford Focus was officially revealed in April, and it looks to be a much better car than the outgoing Focus; better looking, more capable and better equipped.
So far we’ve got the regular Hatch and Estate, as well as a new high-riding Focus Active to mop up sales from buyers who want a Crossover Focus, but what we don’t have yet is a performance Focus.
That will change next year when Ford launches the ‘Warm’ Focus – the new Focus ST – in the spring (although not at the Geneva Motor Show – Ford are skipping that), ahead of which they’re out testing the new Focus ST at the Nurburgring (video below).
The ‘ST’ badge on the grille is a bit of a giveaway, as is the body kit with roof spoiler, side sills and diffuser, and what look like bigger alloys too. It’s a subtle sporty makeover, no doubt with bigger brakes and sorted suspension too.
But what’s under the bonnet is still open to some speculation, with either a 2.0 litre turbo or a de-tuned version of the last RS’s 2.3 litre turbo the likely suspects, but it does seem likely that whichever engine Ford uses it will only be driving the front wheels in the ST.
All should become clearer as we close in on the ST’s debut next spring.