Ford has taken wraps off the 2015 Focus ST. The facelifted model is distinguished by modified bumpers, a new hood and slimmer headlights. The car has also been equipped with restyled fog lights and new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Changes to the cabin include a flat bottom steering wheel, a redesigned center stack and improved climate controls. The car also receives a new center console with a media bin that houses a USB charger.
The 2015 Ford ST will be available with two engine options. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will be carried over. This motor produces 250 PS (183 kW) of max power and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of peak torque which propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 154 mph (247 kmph). With the inclusion of a new engine start/stop system, the model returns a fuel efficiency of 41.5 mpg UK (34.5 mpg US / 6.8 L/100km) with CO2 emissions of 158 g/km. The U.S. spec model is rated at 252 bhp (188 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque.
The European Ford Focus ST will be equipped with a new 2.0-liter TDCi diesel mill that cranks out 185 PS (136 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. This 2.0 liter motor enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 8.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). In terms of fuel efficiency, the car returns 64.2 mpg UK (53.4 mpg US / 4.4 L/100km) with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.
The 2015 Focus ST also boasts a retuned suspension with new front springs and sportier shock absorbers. The car also gets an improved power steering system, an upgraded torque vectoring control system and a new Electronic Transitional Stability function that intervenes as “required to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed – for example in a lane-change situation.”
According to Ford of Europe Vice President of Product Development Joe Bakaj, “Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics and the new Focus ST more than lives up to that pedigree.” He went on to say “The engineering enhancements to the suspension, steering and electronic control systems deliver greater responsiveness, agility, precision and an exhilarating driving experience – whichever powertrain you choose.”
The Ford ST will be available in Europe this fall and the first deliveries are scheduled for early 2015. Do you think Ford should launch this hot hatch in the Indian market ? Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.