With a nice blend of high performance and everyday versatility, the 2018 Ford Focus ST comes as a great option for any enthusiast out there. First unveiled in 2013, the Focus ST was Ford’s attempt to create something that would satisfy both performance-minded and convenience-minded customers. For the most part, the American automaker has succeeded in its attempt. However, since the first model was unveiled, the subsequent models got very little in terms of upgrades and updates. The upcoming Focus ST aims to change that. With a good number of exterior and interior updates and a better performance, the ST will once again try to impress the audience.
2018 Ford Focus ST – Exterior Appearance and Design
The 2018 Ford Focus ST will receive its most notable exterior modification in the form of an updated platform. This new iteration will be lighter than the previous one and it will offer more flexibility for future modifications, as well. Additionally, there will also be a longer wheelbase, which will ensure more interior legroom and cargo capacity. Overall, the body of the upcoming Focus ST will receive a subtle facelift. By taking the handsome looks of the standard Focus and mixing them up with a good number of aggressive design touches, Ford will deliver a refreshed ST. Some of the most notable exterior updates will include a more aggressive honeycomb grille, an athletic body kit, and larger alloy wheels. We will also see flared fenders and a raked windshield.
Interior and Equipment
Thanks to its longer wheelbase, the new 2018 Ford Focus ST will boast a larger cabin, as well as more legroom and cargo space. Luckily, the changes don’t stop there. One of the ST’s main interior features is brand new, the Recaro sports seats. These will offer lots of lower-back support, in addition to side and shoulder support, as well. They will also come covered in quality leather and be fully adjustable for maximum comfort and convenience.
All in all, the cabin of the 2018 Ford Focus ST will be quite handsome and it will boast top-notch materials and construction. Its controls are very easy to use and logically placed, while the dashboard has received a small update, so as to have a more ergonomic feel. When it comes to the tech options, there will be a slew of safety systems, the Sync 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control and more.
Engine Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the newest 2018 Ford Focus ST will most likely boast a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. This powertrain is capable of delivering 252 horsepower and a max torque of 270 lb-ft. With this engine, the Focus ST will be capable of reaching a top speed of 150 mph and going from 0 to 62 mph in 6.3 seconds. The engine will come paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, while its EPA is rated at 23/32 mpg.
Release Date, Price and Competitors
The latest 2018 Ford Focus ST will become available in early 2018, with a price tag of around $26.000. Some of the competitors will be Volkswagen GTI, Mercedes Benz A 250 and Hyundai Veloster.