Over the years, Ford has experienced huge success with its Ford Focus models the ST included. As such we believe the automaker won’t make any drastic changes for the upcoming 2017 Ford Focus ST. The overall look will remain but the vehicle will receive a few touches to reflect current trends in the industry.
2017 Ford Focus ST Exterior
The exterior look will largely remain similar to that of the outgoing model. However, there will be a few improvements to improve its look to a modern one. Among the new changes, there will be a new chrome-themed grille which will be flanked by redesigned headlights. Both headlights and taillights will feature LED technology. The front bumper will also be modified and will be integrated with large air intakes.
At the rear, the vehicle will feature a modified bumper which has been integrated with two new large exhaust pipes. According to our sources, the automaker will also replace its suspension kit with a more performing one. The 5-door hatchback will also be hooked up with a new set of wheels designed for better grip and performance. Its body has also been slightly redesigned to improve its aerodynamics but the change is not that much noticeable to the common eye.
2017 Ford Focus ST Interior
There is barely any official information about the exterior as of this writing; however, our sources reveal that the automaker is looking to strike a balance between comfort and sporty looks for the 2017 ST interior.
The seating arrangement will be well designed to offer comfort to passengers. Passengers will find its Recaro seats quite comfortable. The cabin will be upholstered in quality material. It will have a clean looking dashboard and among others, standard features on the cabin will include; a new state-of-the-art paddle shifter system, keyless ignition, a dual-zone climate control, a navigation system, remote operated windows and mirrors, rain sensing wipers and cruise control. USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi and Smartphone integration will also be offered as standard. For entertainment, the ST will have an infotainment system with a large touch-screen. It will also feature a premium sound system which is likely to come with a HD and satellite radio in addition to AM/FM channels.
For safety, the hatchback will have improved front and side airbags, parking sensors, a collision alert system, and ABS.
Engine Specs and Performance
According to credible sources, the 2017 Ford ST will be equipped with a choice of two drive-trains under its hood.
The first engine will be a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine. The engine is capable of producing 252 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm. In terms of fuel economy, the engine is expected to return 23.8 mpg city, 41 mpg on highway and 32.6 in combined drives. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.
There will also be a diesel variant. It will be a 2.0 L TDCi capable of producing 185 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This engine has estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg, 46 mpg and 37.6 mpg for city, highway and combined drives respectively. The 2017 Ford Focus ST fuel tank will have a capacity to hold 62 liters of fuel.
Price and release date
We are still a long way from seeing this hatchback on the streets; as such, the automaker has not released any details about its price or release date. However, according to rumors, the hatchback will carry a price tag in the regions of $ 33,000 or more depending on options. The vehicle might be released in the second half of 2016 or the first quarter of 2017.
The 2017 Ford Focus ST will face fierce competition from the new models of Volkswagen Golf GTI and Subaru WRX.