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Ford upgrades Focus ST, drops ST-Line and Active from model range

FORD has revealed the refreshed Focus ST. Developed by Ford Performance, it features sporty new exterior styling and alloy wheel designs, a head-turning Mean Green paint option and all-new, in-house developed performance seats.

With the unveiling of the 2022 model came the news that the ST-Line and Focus Active are no more, with the local line-up to focus on the performance ST hatch only, with the ST and premium ST X confirmed for Australia.

The decision is the result of demand for the Focus ST, which continues to be offered with a high-performance EcoBoost engine, delivering 206kW and 420 Nm of torque, supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger with anti-lag technology.

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A seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters is standard, while a six-speed manual gearbox is a no-cost option. Further high-performance driving technologies include an electronic limited-slip differential and continuously controlled damping.

The feature-packed Focus ST X adds new Pixel LED headlights, along with 19-inch alloy wheels and an additional Track mode within the selectable drive modes, for optimised EPAS feedback, a more aggressive throttle tuning and greater leeway from the ESC system.

The updated range introduces Ford’s next-generation SYNC 4 technology too, which enables embedded connected navigation and connected voice control with natural language understanding.

2022 Ford Focus ST
Inside the 2022 Ford Focus ST (overseas model shown)

SYNC 4 is supported by a new, largest in segment 13.2-inch landscape centre screen. It features an intuitive interface designed to make it effortless to navigate a comprehensive range of driving and comfort features.

The new touchscreen also incorporates controls for functions such as heating and ventilation that were previously activated using physical buttons, resulting in a cleaner and less cluttered centre console.

The system also delivers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, allowing seamless integration between smartphone functions and SYNC 4.

Advanced driver assistance technologies introduced to Focus ST for the first time include blind spot assist, which builds on the functionality of the blind spot information system.

New intersection assist also features on the Focus ST, as does adaptive cruise control with stop/go, speed sign recognition and lane centring. Pre-collision assist with active braking and rear occupant alert are also included.

Ford Australia is expected to announce a launch date, as well as pricing and final specifications for the 2022 ST and ST X variants soon.

2022 Ford Focus ST
2022 Ford Focus ST (overseas model shown)
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