Though the 2019 Ford Focus ST won’t be coming to the United States, it’s still an impressive hot hatch and we can’t wait for Ford to hopefully bring it back to the US. With the RS discontinued, the new Focus ST inherited its turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Though it doesn’t come quite toe to toe with its RS predecessor, making 276 horsepower down from 350, it’s still a very impressive engine set-up.
With the American market Focus ST being discontinued after the 2018 model year, only those overseas will be able to enjoy Ford's new hot hatch, which has better performance, technology, and comfort than ever before.
2019 Focus ST Engine: Modified 2.3L EcoBoost
The 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is capable of producing 276 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It’s certainly no slouch. But, just to add insult to injury, Ford has also introduced a turbo-diesel version of the Focus ST. A 2.0 diesel option is available, and even though it only makes 187 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, we anticipate it being a popular option.
This is the first major engine change being made to the ST since its redesign in 2015.
Unlike the RS, which only comes with one manual transmission, the ST is still being offered with both a manual and an automatic option. The six-speed manual option is the standard, but a seven-speed automatic is available as well.
2019 Focus ST: Performance Specs
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Much like the Mustang, the ST is offered with a performance package. A limited slip differential and launch control are part of the performance package, as are larger brakes. The limited slip differential is optimized by the selectable drive modes, further improving handling and capability.
The Focus ST has carved out a niche for itself as a fun alternative to a muscle car. A hot hatch that’s got enough performance features to excite even the most seasoned enthusiast, but enough comfort features to make it a comfortable daily driver.
Features for the 2019 Focus ST
The 2019 Focus ST has yet to be released, so we eagerly await more information about what features will be added to this hot hatch, but given everything we got from the last redesign, we have high hopes.
Here are some notable changes made during the last Focus ST Redesign:
- Standard LED Lighting
- Magnetic Metallic Replaces Ignot Silver
- Large Black Bumper Insert
- Revised Hood & Rear Fascia
- Three-Spoke Steering Wheel
- New Center Console With More Storage Space
- Rearranged Buttons & Switches on the Dash
- Standard Rear View Camera
- New Front Springs & Sportier Shock Absorbers
- Revised Steering
2019 Ford Focus: A Wide Range of Variants
There are, of course, the usual non-performance options for the 2019 Ford Focus as well. The more pedestrian models are available as a five-door hatchback (like the ST), a five-door hatchback with a raised ride height called the Focus Active, and a five-door estate (wagon) that is longer and taller than the hatch but keeps the same platform and wheelbase. There is also a four-door sedan model that is currently only for China (who will not receive the five-door wagon or any diesel variants).
For markets including Europe and Australia, you can select the 1.0L EcoBoost or the new 1.5L EcoBoost petrol engines, or opt for a 1.5L or 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine. To go with the engine options, Ford is offering a new optional 8-speed automatic transmission that is both responsive and fuel-efficient, featuring Adaptive Shift Scheduling and Shift Quality Control. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard.
New 2019 Ford Focus Features
- New chassis and suspension (20% increase in torsional rigidity)
- Drive Mode Technology (Normal, Sport, and Eco)
- Larger, more comfortable interior
- Innovative, driver-assist technologies (including Co-Pilot360)
- High-speed internet connectivity
- Wireless charging pad
- More efficient heating and air conditioning system
- Rotary gearshift dial and electronic parking brake
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