Ford started unveiling its new Focus range at the beginning of the year, during the Detroit Auto Show. At that time, we got a chance to look at the five-door hatchback and the four-door sedan versions, which will appear on the global market at the beginning of 2011. Afterwards, we saw the Focus Wagon, a utility-inclined version of the previously revealed models, at the Geneva Motor Show.
Now, as we are soon approaching the start of the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval has revealed the third piece of the new Focus family, the high performance Ford Focus ST.
Set to target performance enthusiasts, the Focus ST is the first product of the company’s new global performance division. It boasts a much more aggressive design, a potent EcoBoost engine and, most importantly, will be available around the world, without any exceptions, as part of the One Ford strategy.
First off, the new Ford Focus ST takes the already attractive lines of the 2012 Focus, and adds more character. What you see above is billed as a ‘design study’ by Ford, but you can expect the production version to retain most of these features. The car is decorated with black mesh grille, special wheels and the special Tangerine Scream paint job.
Under the bonnet, the Focus ST will use the company’s new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, set to develop 247 HP. Expect plenty of the car’s systems, including suspension, steering and handling to be overhauled, in order to cope with the increased power, and be able to provide a great experience for drivers.
While the 2012 Focus will appear at the beginning of next year in both Europe and North America, the Focus ST will be launched much later, around early 2012, in order to give the existing models plenty of time to breathe.
According to other rumors, after the launch of the ST, the Blue Oval will be preparing an even more hardcore Focus RS, which will continue the legacy of the existing model, which offers 305 HP in its standard form, and 350 HP in the limited RS500 edition. Previous reports indicate that some sort of hybrid setup might be used, in order to achieve similar power levels, but decrease CO2 emissions and improve the fuel average.
Besides satisfying the performance fans, Ford wants to make the Focus C-segment platform a best seller, and will use it on at least 10 new vehicle set to be sold around the world. The platform allows for up to 80 percent of the parts to be used all over the globe, thus achieving plenty of cost cuts.
Among the models set to use the new platform we have the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers, already revealed at the beginning of the year, and the C-Max and Grand C-Max models, which will share floor space with the Focus ST in Paris.
Speaking of the Ford booth, the company will also be showcasing its refreshed Mondeo sedan, which boasts revised looks, improved engines and new safety technologies.
Last but not least, the company also revealed that its new hybrid and low emissions systems will be showcased in the French capital. We will see a production version of the C-Max plug-in hybrid, which will be produced in Spain and sold both in Europe and the USA.
We will also get to check out the efficient ECOnetic technology on the 2011 Mondeo, which includes regenerative charging and a dedicated Eco Mode.
“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 & CEO, Ford of Europe. “With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it’s clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as impressive as ever.”