Ford Focus ST debuts in Paris

Ford’s new Focus ST hot hatch has made its public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.

This latest ST model follows on from the popular Fiesta ST. The new Focus ST offers a range of new performance-inspired features including tuned suspension and steering, plus a diesel engine for the first time.

Design

Alongside that, the new Focus ST features a more aggressive look with a lower and more vicious stance, plus slim headlamps and rectangular fog lamps.

Body-colour side skirts, a rear spoiler, and twin hexagonal tailpipes complete the sporty theme, while optional 19-inch alloy wheels are available.

A range of eye-catching paint options can be specified, including Deep Impact Blue, Frozen White, Race Red and Panther Black, plus Stealth Grey and the appropriately-named Tangerine Scream.

The sporty aesthetic carries over to the interior, where the new Focus ST features a stripped-back layout plus the signature ST instruments. It comes complete with gauges for turbo pressure and oil temperature.

A flat-bottomed leather sports steering wheel features, alongside satin chrome touches on the gear lever, pedals and interior door handles. Front sports seats designed jointly by Ford and Recaro are included, with exclusive ST badging.

Trim Levels

Like the Fiesta model, the Focus ST will be available in three trim levels: ST1, ST2 and ST3. Upholstery options include grey and black fabric on the entry-level ST1, while ST2 and ST3 adds varying degrees of coloured leather.

Equipment includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Ford’s SYNC2 connectivity system, plus a range of driver aids and safety features including Active City Stop and a lane-keeping aid.

Drivers can also select from three driving modes, Standard, Sport and Off mode, which alters the electronic stability and traction control functions for a sportier dynamic on the road.

Under the bonnet

Under the bonnet, the new ST packs a range of new and powerful engines, including the new 182bhp 2.0-litre TDCi diesel, the first diesel engine available in the Focus ST.

The diesel engine will take the new Focus ST from 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and will also make for the most fuel-efficient performance Ford ever, delivering 64.2mpg and emitting only 114g/km of CO2.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre 246bhp version of Ford’s petrol EcoBoost engine is also available, which can reach 62mph from a standstill in just 6.5 seconds, with 158g/km of CO2 emissions and 41.5mpg.

Both engines come with six-speed short throw manual transmission and optional start/stop technology.

Paired with tweaked sports suspension and revised power steering, Ford claims that the new Focus ST will not only be the most economy-conscious ST model yet, it could also be the best-driving.

Available to order later in the year, the new Focus ST is due to appear in dealerships early in 2015. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Ford says that more info will be released closer t