After last year’s concept version, Ford unveiled today the production version of the 2012 Focus ST. This doesn’t come as a surprise and we must admit that the design of the all-new 2012 Ford Focus ST doesn’t come as a surprise due to the fact that it looks almost just like the concept. Still, the Focus ST Wagon is a big surprise, but this model will only be offered on the European market.
Under the hood, we find the all-new four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine delivering 250 PS and 360 Nm of torque. The new engine is a step forward comparing it with the five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine found on the previous-generation Focus ST and according to Ford it needs with 20 percent less fuel while delivering better performances.
Ford says that a better fuel economy is obtained by using high pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT). The design of the car is rounded by a new set of y-shaped 18-inch alloy wheels. Moreover, a ‘Performance Pack’ is available and offers wheels painted in black with a high contrast red finish on the performance brake calipers.
Regarding the interior, Ford says that this offers a cockpit feel and gives the driver a sporty sensation. Details range from specially designed pedals, steering wheel and gearshift to the unique Recaro seats. The new Focus ST will be offered to European customers in three distinct trim options – ST1, ST2 and ST3.
As expected, the ST1 is the standard model and offers features such as cloth Recaro seats, keyless start, front door scuff plates with ST logo and standard ST rear bench with centre armrest. The ST2 comes with the addition of partial leather Recaro seats and dual zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC).
For right-hand drive markets, ST2 will also include unique ST floor mats, automatic headlamp control, auto-dimming rear view mirror and automatic wipers, features that are standard on left-hand drive ST1 models. The Focus ST3 offers heated leather Recaro seats with 8-way adjustability and pull out cushion, plus the newly developed Recaro rear bench. ST3 customers also benefit from Bi-Xenon headlamps to keep the road ahead in total clarity throughout the night.