High-performance Ford Focus ST unveiled

Featuring a ‘muscular’ 2.0-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine delivering 250PS while keeping CO2 emissions as low as possible, the Focus ST will join the five-door hatchback and estate versions of the new family-size car at the Paris show.

It will be the first time all three body styles have appeared together and will be a showcase for the all-new platform the new Focus is built on.

The platform is expected to be used in over 120 world markets – Ford has labelled the new Focus a ‘global car’ – and Ford expects it to be used for at least ten new vehicles.

With the Ford Focus a regular in the top three best-sellers in the UK and Europe, the platform is expected to account for over two million units sold by 2012.

The Ford Focus will be displayed at the Paris Motor Show from 30 September and will arrive in UK showrooms in spring 2011.

Buyers interested in the sporty Ford Focus ST – seen here in ‘Tangerine Scream’ body colour – will have to wait until 2012 to get behind the wheel of the car.

The launch of the new Focus family will be overseen by Ford of Europe’s new chairman Stephen Odell, who will be at the Paris Motor Show to introduce the cars.

“The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high-performance ST model, makes this Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

The Ford Focus hatchback, estate and ST models will be joined by the new C-Max and Grand C-Max at the Paris Motor Show. Both cars are the first models fitted with the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine developing 180PS, but a 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel will also be available.

The Ford Mondeo estate and saloon versions will also be on show, as will the S-Max and Galaxy MPVs released earlier in 2010.