Ford will reveal the new Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – and has confirmed the facelifted hot hatch range will include the first-ever Focus ST diesel variant.
Set to appear in Goodwood’s ‘First Glance’ parade, it will be driven up the hill on all three days during this weekend’s Festival of Speed.
The firm’s released a small teaser image of the new ST, that shows it’s to carry the new ‘Aston grille’ front end of other facelifted Focus models: it seems the bold yellow option of the current car’s set to remain too.
For now though, Ford’s remaining tight-lipped on any other changes for the new Focus ST – and hasn’t revealed if the 250hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol will receive a power boost, either.
Ford Focus ST diesel – confirmed
The news that there’s going to be a diesel Focus ST is particularly interesting, given the success of the Volkswagen Golf GTD. Ford theoretically has a ready-made engine already offered in the Mondeo line – a 2.2-litre turbodiesel producing 200hp.
However, it’s not certain that this engine would either fit or meet future Euro 6 emissions legislation. Ford may thus instead use an alternative diesel – the 163hp 2.0-litre motor from the Kuga, perhaps? (Although a little more power would be nice…)
The name is also open for speculation: Ford is unlikely to choose STD.
Originally launched in 2002 (and MR was on that original launch in the South of France), Ford’s now sold more than 140,000 Focus ST, and today sells it in more than 40 countries.
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