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Ford introduces updated Focus ST and first diesel ST

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Ford has revealed pricing for its reworked petrol Focus ST hot hatchback and has introduced a diesel version, for the first time, which is capable of 67mpg.

The Focus ST will be available from £22,195 in entry-level ST1 trim, whether you opt for the petrol or diesel engine. Stepping up to ST2 trim adds another £1,500 to the total price, whilst the fully laden ST3 will set you back £2,300 over the basic car. Go for the ST Estate and you’ll have to stump up a further £1,100.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine produces 183bhp and can reach 62mph from scratch in 8.1 seconds. This new model should be capable of a strong 64.2mpg with CO2 emissions standing at 114g/km – low enough for £30 annual car tax.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, however, sacrifices the economy of its diesel counterpart for added performance. Producing 247bhp, it can go from 0-62mph in a rapid 6.5 seconds, while claimed fuel economy stands at 41.5mpg. With CO2 emissions of 158g/km car tax will cost owners £180 under the current pricing.

Ford claims that its paramount priority was to improve “the entire driving experience” over the previous ST, and it has carefully fettled the suspension and steering for improved handling around corners.

The trademark bold styling of the ST has been carried over, with the car acquiring a meaner stance and sculpted bonnet and door panels for a more aggressive look. New styling features include slimmer headlights and the option of 19-inch alloy wheels rather over the standard 18-inch rims.

All models have a long list of standard kit, which includes air conditioning, keyless start in entry-level ST1 trim, while ST2 cars gain automatic wipers and headlights, LED day running lights and a heated windscreen among other extras.

Range-topping ST3 specification adds Ford’s SYNC 2 8-inch touchscreen media system along with heated front seats and adaptive bi-xenon headlights.

Orders for the distinctive new Ford Focus ST range are now being taken, with deliveries expected to start from February 2015.

Author: Dan Godfrey

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