Improved Handling Via New Front Suspension and Steering System
Ford decided that the perfect place to show off the refreshed 2015 Focus ST is to fly over to Great Britain and head over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Why not? A hot hatch debut at a festival with 'speed' in the name is just right.
Much like the Focus lineup, the ST gets a revised front end with blacked-out headlights, a slimmer hexagonal grille, and rectangular fog lights. Around back is a new bumper and reshaped taillights. Two new colors and eighteen-inch wheels becoming standard finish up the changes on the exterior. Inside, the ST features a cleaned up center stack, a three-spoke steering wheel, and backup camera. The option list now includes a heated steering wheel and eight-way adjustable drivers seat.
Not seeing changes is the Focus ST's powertrain, meaning the hot hatch will still carry on with the 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder with 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. However under the ST's skin, there is a new front suspension setup and electric power steering system which Ford claims improves the handling.
"Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style. Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide," said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development.
No mention of how much the 2015 Focus ST will cost or when it will be available.