2019 Ford Focus ST Release Date
It may arrive at the end of 2018
Ford’s own competitor for the highly popular Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Focus ST will benefit from all the new cool Focus features, but will receive some additional features inside and out. The sportier exterior with more aggressive cues will be united by the exclusive interior, while the engine will give the most power in the ST model. Until next generation Focus RS arrives, ST will be in the top position in terms of performance and price. Let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this car in the speculative review below.
2019 Ford Focus ST Exterior
• New Honeycomb Grille
• Sportier Home Bumper
• Diffuser-Like Elements
• Lightweight Wheel
• Tailgate spoiler
• Not All Shapes Are Different Standard Cars
We have not seen the ST Focus prototype that will come without camouflage on the road, but the rendering of X-Tomi Design seems appropriate. Just like the ST out, the new model will still look familiar and share many design cues with a regular hatchback. Front and rear fascia will get more sporty features but do not expect the new ST to be too aggressive. This achievement is saved for RS.
Up front, the Focus ST will keep the headlights and grille visible on regular models. But while the former will come with LED technology as a standard, the latter will get a new mesh grille. Ford’s choice here is probably the honeycomb design, already a classic feature in the ST and many performance-oriented cars. The shape and size of the grille will remain unchanged, but Ford will add a red “ST” badge.
The front bumper will get a significant change. The bottom grille will also have a honeycomb mesh, while the area around the black side vents with LED fog lights will also be finished in black instead of body color. A slightly larger divider will complement the front fascia design.
Do not expect too much change on the outer side of the black window trim, side skirts, and wheels. The latter will feature an exclusive design and will be lighter than the standard rim. The Focus ST will also go up a few inches lower than the standard model. The rear fascia should get a revised spoiler above the tailgate and an element that resembles a sportier diffuser. Some of the larger exhaust pipes will also replace the standard unit.
If the previous model is indicative, the new Focus ST should also benefit from at least one exclusive exterior color, if not two. Find the more exotic finishing touches here.
2019 Ford Focus ST Interior
• Very Similar to Ordinary Focus
• The “ST” badge
• Leather Trim
• New Coating Color
• Sportier Steering Wheel?
The new interior of Focus’ is pretty cool when it comes to design. Not only looks more modern, but also feels more spacious because the dashboard is positioned further away from the seat. A / C square vents on the sides and center of the dash width also make the cabin appear wider. The pile of clean center and large infotainment screen at the top also enhances the modern and hatchback-oriented impression.
There is no word for what new features will be added with ST trim, but do not expect major design-wise changes. Outside of some badges, new colors for trims on dashboards and door panels, and home screens ordered for infotainment systems and instrument clusters, ST will not get much.
Of course, there will be a new seat option. There is a high probability that Ford will go with three individual specifications as in previous models, with basic ST1 trim having a cloth chair. ST2 will get partial skin, while ST3 will boast a full leather interior. ST previously had a selection of bright coatings such as Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, and Race Red, so expect something similar in the upcoming new model.
Some additional equipment is also on the table, as well as adding functionality to the Ford SYNC system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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2019 Ford Focus ST Powertrain
• EcoBoost 2.3 Liter engine
• Close to 300 Horsepower?
• No AWD
• Increased Fuel Economy
• New Diesel Model?
The new Ford Focus comes with big changes under the hood, including a complete shift to a three-cylinder engine. While the model that comes out also has four cylinders, the new hatchback is offered with 1.0-liter and 1.5-liter three-bangers only. The four-cylinder engine is still available on the list of diesel options though.
While the smaller Fiesta ST also switched to three cylinders, the Focus ST will likely continue to use the four-banger. That’s because a small three banger may be unreliable with over 250 horsepower. Initially I believe that Ford will redesign the EcoBoost capacity of 2.0 liters, four cylinders from the previous model to get more power and improve fuel economy, but more recent reports claim that the Blue Oval will run with different units.
In particular, the word says that the next Focus ST will use the company’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which has been found in Mustang and Focus RS. Although there is no official confirmation for this and spy shots do not include any clues, this exchange makes sense given that the top-topping Focus RS model is bound to be a hybrid. Focus ST is also likely to hatch the last heat from Ford to use gasoline alone, so it’s safe to assume that the company wants to give it to the right party.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is capable of reaching 270 horsepower in the Focus RS, so getting over 252 models out and 270 pound-feet will not be a problem. Expect output to improve the new model, but how big there is still a mystery. The ST focus is now stronger than the Volkswagen Golf GTI, so Ford may want to take the Focus ST into the Renault Megane RS area. The French hathback comes with 275 horsepower in taps. Of course, the EcoBoost plant can produce even more, so it’s not surprising to see an increase in output close to 300 horses. With the next-gen Focus RS that may offer 400 horsepower, there is plenty of room for the ST to be the most powerful in this niche.
The only problem here is Ford to find the right setting for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost in a front wheel drive hatchback. While the Mustang is driven by the rear wheels, the Focus RS has an all-wheel drive system.
Manual transmission with exclusive gear ratio for faster turnover is likely to remain standard, but unlike outgoing models, which are stuck with manual only, the upcoming Focus ST can also get automatic. Sprint from 0 to 60 mph should drop below the old 5.9 seconds benchmark due to the extra power and weight of the lighter sidewalks. The top speed will probably remain locked at 154 mph though. Fuel economy should improve beyond the current 23 mpg and 32 mpg highway ratings.
Although all-wheel-drive became popular with current performance hatchbacks, I do not think that ST will get such a system. The upcoming RS will surely be AWD, but ST will remain a leading hatchback.
The previous Focus ST was also offered with a diesel engine. The 2.0-liter Duratorq is not as powerful as the EcoBoost on 182 horsepower, but has a whopping 300 pound-feet. There is no indication that ST Diesel will get a new generation, but if that happens, it will not arrive any time soon.
2019 Ford Focus ST Price
As always, the price for new generation cars will increase, but not much. With the US Standard pricing for Focus not yet available, we can only speculate for future ST. Model out retail for $ 25,170, so the new ST can start from about $ 26,000 before the option.