Ford showcase the New Mk4 Ford Focus ST and it’s more powerful than ever before
The new generation Ford Focus will be headed by diesel and petrol models, with a power range of up to 275 bhp. This high power output will come from an all-new ford 1.5 ecoboost petrol engine. As is usually the case, the focus ST model will hit near market not sooner after the launch of the mainstream Focus hatchback and estate. Many details of the new Ford Focus St are still secret, but Ford are looking to Ford Performance to build the reputation of their flagship model with new and exciting variations.
The ST models are currently available in the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo and with the release of the new Fiesta at the end of 2017 – Ford are set to include a brand new shape fiesta ST with more power and even sportier features. The ST model has been a glowing success over the last decade and it has shown no sign of slowing down. You can also order a watered down version in the Ford Fiesta, Focus or mondeo called the ST-line. The Ford ST-line range has all the styling of the ST but without the high powered engines, they are catered to those who like the combination of racing car styling coupled with low Co2 emissions and good fuel efficiency.
Ford’s current 2.0 ecoboost engines will be dropping in size to a new 1.5 litre unit capable of emitting 275bhp at the height of its powers. This will be a big challenge for the Ford team who also aim to cut average Co2’s for their car to an impressive 95g/km. With this aim come various obstacles like using the right engine technology to balance the main 3 factors which are: Power, emissions and fuel efficiency.
This new Focus is thought to be a little longer to increase legroom, but I wouldn’t anticipate many changes to the exterior, maybe just a few styling tweaks. Ford has set the target of improving the interior cabin of its entire model line-up to set them apart from the crowd and draw in customers who a used to a more premium brand such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
The Ford focus is one of the best selling estate cars in Europe, in fact 40% of Ford Focus’s sold in 2016 were estates with 75,000 units sold last year. The standard 5-door Ford Focus sold 116,000 in Europe and has been a stable and popular model for the last few decades. Here in the UK the Estate has been steadily increasing its market share from 10% to 20%, this has been a trend with many hatchback/estate variants.
Here is the latest spy shot of the New Ford Focus Mk4 -
One topic that deserves a little exposure is the Ford Focus RS and the question as to whether it will return for the Mk4 version. There were encouraging signs at the 2017 Geneva motor show by Ford representatives to support the idea, but this has yet to be confirmed by Ford or anyone else for that matter. As with many of Ford’s performance models the Focus RS outstripped demand selling 6,000 units, over 1,500 more than Ford had originally projected. The current price of a new Focus RS is £32,000 as it has increased due to demand following its release price of just under £30,000.
The current Ford Focus is available with some pretty hefty discounts from www.uk-car-discount.co.uk, some models can be bought with over £5,000 discount compared to the list price and with a small deposit to order the car of £500 or £1,000 and the rest is not due till you get the car on your drive and have the chance to inspect it first.