This is the new generation Ford Focus ST. The car is set for debut at 2010 Paris Motor Show, and will go on sale early next year as a 2012 model. This is the Ford’s first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy and will have 250 PS coming from 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine.
This engine will be also much more efficient than previous models. The new ST will be the most powerful version of the new-look Ford Focus until the next Focus RS arrives.
The car you see here is the actual production model. It comes with a sporty body kit which is nice but makes the rear-end of the car even more weird than the standard models! The particular car to be displayed in Paris will also feature this ‘Tangerine Scream’ color featured in these pictures.
The old ST was a brilliant car, one of the best hot hatches in the market. But like all high performance hatchbacks it was infamous for its massive torque-steer. Ford says the new model is tweaked in terms of handling, so let’s wait and see if they finally found a cure for this!
Ford At 2010 Paris Motor Show:
New C-MAX and Mondeo on display
The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be represented by high series Titanium models fitted with a Ford EcoBoost 1.6-litre 180 PS petrol engine and the updated 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. Bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market, the all-new Ford C-MAX is the first production model using Ford’s exciting new global C-segment platform. The Grand C-MAX also goes on sale in North America in late 2011.
More new C-MAX information and pictures available at http://c-max.fordmedia.eu
Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus family will be five-door and wagon versions of the new Mondeo range, which was previewed at the recent Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Paris show sees the debut of the ultra-low CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic version. The Ford stand also showcases the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models which were launched earlier in 2010.
Lower CO2 emissions across the range
Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range, and two important new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – a new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic model and a new Ford Ka derivative with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.
These new models follow the significant new developments which have already been introduced during 2010, including the launch of the new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and completely updated versions of the powerful yet highly fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification program and will be displaying for the first time the core technology destined to drive its C-MAX PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), that will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe from 2013.
Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies such as Eco Mode and Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford of Europe is on track to surpass its goal of a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 2020, relative to a 2006 model year baseline.
“The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high-performance ST model, makes this Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it’s clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as aggressive as ever.”