Next Ford Focus ST Allegedly Due Next Year With 250 HP 2.3-Lt EcoBoost Engine

The all new Ford Focus was recently revealed, and a new report suggests that the next generationST will use the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and not the 1.5-liter three-banger that powers the new Fiesta ST.

According to Autocar, this decision was taken as the smaller unit won’t cope with the extra power in the long run. As a result, the 2.3-liter powertrain, which is related to the mill used in the current Focus RS and entry-level Mustang, will make its way under the hood of the hot hatch with an output of around 250 horses.

Ford’s challenger to the likes of the Renault Megane RS and Volkswagen Golf GTI will be lighter, too, shedding close to 90 kg (198 lbs) over the current car. It will also be 20 percent more rigid than its predecessor, something that along with the improved suspension, will make it more agile around corners without sacrificing ride quality.

The diesel variant will probably live on, given that oil burners still hold a huge chunk of the market in Europe. It’s unknown what engine Ford will use in this model, or if it will still be offered with two transmission options (a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic) like the current ST.

The British publication estimates that Ford will unveil the all new Focus ST a few days before the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next March, before displaying it at the Swiss event, with sales expected to commence next summer.

The new Focus RS should arrive one year later with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot and 48V technology for a total output close to 40 HP.

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  • Six_Tymes

    shaping up nicely, specs sound good too.

    • GPFan

      Same output as the current car, that’s without the factory Mountune kit. I’m hoping for more

      • willhaven

        As far as we know, but I remember the rumors of a 300hp RS before the 350hp version was officially announced. This will probably make 10-15 more hp than the current version.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It’s probably not even coming to the USA on the account of report that Ford will only bring the Crossover styled Ford Focus Active and discontinue all of their sedans.

    • LWOAP

      Pretty sure this is a hatchback.

      • Dennis Scipio

        Of course, I know that. I’m not stupid.

        • dilligaf

          So you never got it.

  • LWOAP

    “The new Focus RS should arrive one year later with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot and 48V technology for a total output close to 40 HP.

    That’s a good one. I had a really good laugh.

    • Christian

      I don’t find it funny…

  • Kate E

    Who cares, not coming to USA.

  • john1168

    This isn’t coming to the USA is it??? Especially since Ford USA is rumored (edit: now confirmed) to go all cuv/suv. Except for the Mustang and GT. Too bad really because I think this will be the Focus to get. It’ll be the best looking and best performing Focus. I’d love an ST hatch.

  • SteersUright

    They’ve had all the time in the world to develop the next Focus ST and they could only muster up the same HP? That and the RS will only have 40HP? Whats the world of Ford performance coming to?
    At least its lighter and hopefully handles much better, not that the current Focus was too bad. I really hope they addressed the awful Recaro seat, ergonomics, and digitally inert steering feel.

    • smartacus

      i noticed that too. 40HP?

  • Infinite1

    I understand killing the Fiesta over here since the market is going towards SUVs but the people who can’t buy an RS will buy the ST. It’s a sad move for enthusiasts but if they can’t justify the cost, then it’ll stay alive in the markets that are cost effective.

  • Based on the specs it looks like an epic car. Just hoping not much of a price hikes.

  • willhaven

    I never understood why Europe insisted it were its own continent when they share the same landmass as Asia.

    • Christian

      I would be glad if Japan was a part of europe…Man the money you could save by importing a car!

  • DMax

    Since the Focus Active is coming to US, I bet the ST and RS will arrive here too. It will be a dumb move on Ford’s part to leave the hot hatch market, considering the only competition these days is GTI, Si and the upcoming Veloster. It slots perfectly into market for people who don’t want a Si sedan/coupe, don’t want a childish Veloster, and don’t want the VW.

  • Puddingpopper

    And NA is getting an eco sport, yay

  • smartacus

    Why would anybody buy the 250HP 2.3 Focus ST
    when they can get the 275HP 1.5 Focus ST

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