2017 Ford Focus ST – Traditional Hot Hatch


Ford definitely hit on a winner when they introduced the Focus ST; a small (ish) hatch with plenty of power, it harks back to the days of true hot hatches, where 100+ BHP and front wheel drive were all you needed to be a hooligan.

The Focus ST is a more refined version of these hatches, with double the power and trick diffs with decent suspension – this is no longer aimed at the youngsters, but perhaps the population that grew up with the hatches of the ‘80’s and have now grown up (a bit).

2017 Ford Focus ST Release date

The 2017 Ford Focus ST should be on the dealers forecourts in late 2016, perhaps just squeezing in to early 2017 if there are any production delays.

2017 Ford Focus ST release date: late 2016 – early 2017

2017 Ford Focus ST Price

The base model should be starting in the region of $33,000, but for that money, you do get a fair bit of equipment fitted as standard.

2017 Ford Focus ST Redesign and changes

It seems that Ford will be putting in a fair bit of effort to upgrade the 2017 Focus ST, although some of the upgrades won’t necessarily be that noticeable.
First up, it seems that Ford will be updating the aerodynamics for the 2017 model, but this is one of the areas that you won’t really see, unless you have a super eye for detail.

Again, another one of those areas will be updated and retuned suspension; it’s not something that you’ll see, but Ford are confident that you’ll feel the difference.

2017 Ford Focus ST Video

2017 Ford Focus ST Specs

Under the hood, we’ll see the same old 2.0 liter turbo 4-cylinder, giving 252 BHP and 270 lb/ft of torque, economy should be around 32.6 MPG combined, and there is rumor of Ford introducing a diesel; 2.0 liter with 185 BHP and 295 lb/ft of torque, but whether the diesel will make it to the U.S., remains to be seen – we doubt it though.

Ford have also been looking at how they can update the interior, trying to find the perfect blend of sport and comfort; updated Recaro seating will be the focus of their attention.

2017 Ford Focus ST Equipment

Standard equipment fitted will consist of brand new paddle shift system, keyless ignition, dual zone climate, navigation, rain sensing wipers, cruise control, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, satellite radio, smart phone integration and a large touchscreen infotainment system.

On the exterior, Ford will be restyling the grille, headlamps (LED technology all round) and front and rear bumpers, the rear incorporating the dual exhaust, the front having restyled and larger air intakes.

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  • Safety4.6
  • Performance4.8
  • Design4.7
  • Features4.6
  • Fuel economy4.5

Buying Focus ST is a win-win sutuation, because you get almost a real sportscar (FWD, however) in the body of a family hatchback.

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