2019 Ford Focus ST: Here It Is In Production Form, Interior Included

The last time we brought you spy photos of a production-ready 2019 Focus ST, the prototype featured different-colored bumpers.

It appears Ford has finally sorted out that detail too, as the upcoming Focus ST hot hatch has been spotted with matching bumpers for the first time.

Basically, what you see in the photos is the finished item and we have to admit it looks much better without the silver bumpers.

You can see for yourself by browsing the photo gallery which includes two black 2019 Focus ST prototypes. One features the matching bumpers and the other still wears the silver parts.

Our spy photographers snapped both vehicles on the roads around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The ST package looks sharp and elegant at the same time, leaving visual room for the more hardcore RS kit that will arrive further down the line.

It looks quite similar to the ST-Line aero kit, but those with a keen eye for detail will spot unique elements. Those include the small diffuser between the two round exhaust pipes, the bigger roof spoiler, the bigger alloys in a new design, and the honeycomb mesh on the upper and lower grilles.

As far as the interior design goes, a new set of spy shots confirms what previous sightings revealed, providing the best look yet at the hot Focus’ cabin. The ST-branded Recaro sports seats are the main highlight of the interior and if they look familiar to you it’s because they’re very similar to those used by the new Fiesta ST.

This spy prototype had the standard seats with an all-fabric upholstery but Ford should offer more expensive optional seats with leather-wrapped side bolsters and maybe Alcantara seating surfaces. The rear seats feature a similar design but they don’t seem to offer the same lateral support as their front counterparts — not to mention they also lack ST branding.

Beyond the new seats, the 2019 Ford Focus ST’s cabin boasts a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel with buttons and shift paddles. The prototype spotted by our photographers features the optional automatic transmission with a selector dial on the center console instead of a traditional gearshift lever. Most likely, the transmission is the same eight-speed torque-converter auto from the regular Focus.

As a reminder, the previous Focus ST featured a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as an option. Other interior details worth mentioning are the revised instrument cluster with new gauges featuring red dials, and the Sync 3’s 8-inch touchscreen display.

As is customary with ST-badged cars, the Focus ST features a lower and stiffer suspension, as well as beefier brakes. Under the hood, the 2019 Focus ST will replace the previous model’s 2.0-liter turbo-four with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost unit. The latter powers various Ford and Lincoln models, including the current Focus RS and Mustang EcoBoost.

In the new Focus ST, the engine should deliver more power than the outgoing model’s 250 PS (247 hp) but not more than 300 PS (296 hp) to avoid bringing internal competition to the upcoming Focus RS.

*Update: We got fresh pics including interior shots of the new Ford Focus ST. The article has been updated accordingly

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Photo credits: CarPix | S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Luc Helterbrand

    just pisses me off to no end that we don’t get it in the united states…then again, we don’t get a lot of stuff so why should this be any different. 🙁

    • Bo Hanan

      That;s the Hyundai i30 in those pics.

    • MJ Coffey

      It’s because Americans tend to buy large Vehicles such as SUVs and Trucks. Simply look at Mercedes, BMW or VW – What’s their best selling car in the US? Exactly, it’s their SUV (lineup). As long as this doesn’t change, there won’t be a chance for smaller cars (ie hot hatches) at all.

      • Jim Ragland

        That’s why BMW came out with their first ever largest SUV. Cause they know it will sell in USA. Ain’t nobody got time for small sporty hatchbacks.

        • Jason Miller

          I have time for small sporty hatchbacks. They can shove their SUV’s where the sun don’t shine.

          • ksegg

            Agreed. Then shove it some more.

            Bring back hatchbacks, fast wagons, and more performance coupes FFS.

      • Poop Doop

        No it’s because of the tarrifs lol..
        You cant walk down the street without seeing a ford focus in the US

      • Axiom Ethos

        Just because a hothatch isn’t the best selling vehicle segment, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for it. Ford is just tightening up it’s focus into what it does best (trucks) because it is struggling overall, but I’d wager this car would still sell well for what it is and there’s plenty of market for it in the US.

  • Mr. EP9

    Keeping it under 300hp to avoid getting too close to the Focus RS? Well, it’s rumored that the Focus RS should have at least 400hp. So, what’ the deal? One will be FWD and the other AWD. Pretty noticeable performance difference between the two. Oh and for us here in the states, look forward to the Ecosport ST (It’ll probably happen), Explorer ST, and a possible Edge RS. Why? Because we can’t have anything fun or good. Only CUVs and SUVs.

  • europeon

    Doesn’t look good with four doors.

  • willhaven

    Sad that I won’t be able to replace my 2014 ST with this.

  • Zandit75

    Now give us a sedan option.

  • Matthew Boyd

    That’s a sexy hatch!

  • SteersUright

    Looks a million times better. Big question now is, how much nicer is the interior? Last one was absolutely awful with terrible ergonomics and an uncomfortable Recaro seat. Also, the steering was terribly artificial. That said, this looks damn good and I wish they’d reconsider bringing it here!

    • Six_Tymes


      they did NOT start that, Lamborghini did. but i do agree, its not good styling

    • Galaxium

      The Fiesta has looked like this for the longest time.

    • Enter Ranting

      Current car styling is terrible across the board. It’s all gimmicks and angry sportiness. Mazda is one of the only companies putting out anything approaching timeless design these days.

  • Vassilis

    Much better in ST guise with the larger alloys! Those rear flanks though still look a bit weird to me.

  • Oh man it looks so beautiful, will the new ST can keep up with it’s successor I wonder.

  • KidRed

    Glad to see Mazda getting back to its roots with the new Mazda3.

  • Six_Tymes

    I would guess its lower stance and wider track will help with handling

  • samurai

    Who the hell at Ford thought Comic Sans is the right font for business content?

    • Marty

      Ha! My first thought too.
      Comic Sans has its places*, but a confidential test vehicle log book isn’t one of them.

      *(Actually, Comic Sans has only one place: inside a kindergarten. And there are better fonts even for kindergarten but we can’t expect child minders to know that)

  • DMax


  • ksegg

    Damn shame that we, once again, don’t get this anymore.

    Stupid Ford.

  • TheBelltower

    Ford is dead to me. They’ve abandoned their home market.

  • Six_Tymes

    love those recaro’s. everything else looks good too

  • eb110americana

    “Other interior details worth mentioning are the revised instrument cluster with new gauges featuring red dials…”

    Are there some other pictures you aren’t showing us? Because I am not seeing any of the gauges.

  • SgtBeavis

    Damn that is actually pretty good looking. Too bad Ford won’t bring it stateside. Oh well. I’ll just be bored with all of their products until the Bronco gets here.

    Edit: Mustang, GT, and Raptors excluded.

  • SteersUright

    Looks to be an awesome little hot hatch. Wish they would reconsider bringing it here. Price is very important in this segment though, Im guessing they can’t import it at a low enough price.

  • DGC

    I wonder where the future buyers of the no longer available Ford Focus, Fiesta and Fusion will go? I can tell you NOT Ford… These clients will not come back either. Good job Ford! Alienate 25% of your customers… Even my local service advisor at Ford is baffled by the decision!

  • LJ

    The only model not coming here because of tariffs is the Focus Active. The rest of Ford’s US car line up is being phased out due to customers trending towards crossovers and SUVs. Anyone who is reading our comments will tell you that.

    And if you’re going to call someone dumb, don’t post a rant full of grammatical errors.

  • no25

    looks wayyyyyy better than the current one that’s for sure! of course, as everyone else has mentioned, we won’t get it here in the US. Europeans, enjoy!

  • sidewaysspin

    But can you sleep in it?

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I won’t comment on its qualities as i am sure it’s very good as usual. But FORD’s design on all its Focus line, all generations, is, to me, one of the ugliest ever made. This, in full awareness that it sold like crazy in many of its iterations and having sat and driven a few standard models without any complaint whatsoever. It’s just unpalatable to me. I felt embarrassed each time i had to drive one, even as a rental. In some cases, in older generations i always rented Peugeots as an antidote against these and some german models where you feel into a squared box with nothing inside (except one case where i gave a try to a Scirocco and became an enthusiast fan of the model), or Volvos (for that boring, safe, sleepy feeling where nothing happens and it’s fine like that).

  • LJ

    The Taurus is made in Chicago. The Fusion is made in Mexico. Not sure how tariffs on China affect them.

    Give it up man, good effort but you’re wrong on this one.

  • LJ

    Ok, this has to be a bit. You’re not actually this dumb.

  • LJ

    The Ford GT, while a halo car, is a limited run production car. The Mustang, also a halo car, is a continuous production car.

    Just give it up dude. There’s no shame in admitting you’re wrong. The shame is continuing to look like a fool.

  • LJ

    According to every automotive magazine and journalist, I am not.

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