The Ford Focus ST has been highly praised for combination of performance, handling and value. The company is working on an all-new model and several pictures of the hot hatch recently surfaced on a private forum.
Looking more elegant and aggressive than its predecessor, the 2019 Focus ST features a prominent grille with a honeycomb mesh insert. The model has also been equipped with a unique front bumper that echoes the one offered on the Focus ST-Line.
Despite the similarities, the Focus ST has grey accents and a larger front splitter. The honeycomb mesh pattern is also echoed on the lower air intake, unlike the more affordable Focus ST-Line.
Moving further back, we can see unique side skirts and gloss black door handles. The model has also been equipped with lightweight wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system with red calipers.
The two-tone design continues at the rear as the model has a gloss black spoiler and a painted diffuser. Designers also installed a lightly modified bumper and a dual exhaust system.
Interior changes don’t appear to be drastic, but the model has Recaro sport seats with ST badging on the backrests. Elsewhere, we can see faux carbon fiber trim, metallic accents and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with white contrast stitching.
Of course, the Focus ST is all about performance and the car is slated to use a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It produces 286 hp (213 kW / 290 PS) and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque in Euro-spec Mustang, but its output in the Focus ST remains unconfirmed.
Regardless of the engine’s specifications, the model will feature an assortment of other performance upgrades. Many of the changes will focus on the suspension which should be lower and stiffer than the one used on the standard model.
Ford has been tight-lipped about the car, but it won’t be debuting at the Geneva Motor Show as the company has already announced plans to skip the event.
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