The Ford Focus 4th generation is here and from the looks, its DNA has evolved; the ST-Line is quite a looker that will surely attract more enthusiasts. The ST-Line which is the sport-oriented version of the Focus hatchback looks more aggressive on the outside and more refined on the inside along with lots of new technologies. The new 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line will particularly outshine the Chevy Cruze and Honda Civic in the market. However, we have to wait until next year to see the Focus stateside although it goes on sale in Europe in the second half of this year.
2019 Ford Focus ST-Line Exterior
The 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line looks sleeker than the outgoing model. It has new, premium-looking headlights and a larger grille which has a glossy black finish to set it apart from other models. The gloss black trim theme is also visible on the bumper where it links the fog lights with the model’s lower grille. The vehicle also features new LED DRLs and larger fog lights.
Unlike base Ford Focus models, the ST-Line has a sculpted fascia as well as performance cues to align with other Ford ST models. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2019 model’s wheelbase is two inches longer and has a coefficient of drag of 0.273 which is among the best in the segment thanks to the C2 platform that underpins the new Focus models. The ST-Line looks more solid and aggressive on the flanks. The creases on the flanks give the ST-Line a dedicated stance, unlike the base Focus models. From the first glance, it is difficult to know that this is a Focus from the rear were it not for the Ford badge and the “Focus” lettering. The model features new LED taillights, a sculpted rear and a very aggressive diffuser that is very noticeable. The “Focus” lettering stretches across the tailgate but below the Ford badge.
Ford has overhauled the cabin of the 2019 Ford Focus lineup including the ST-Line. The model has a modern-looking dash, more comfortable seats as well as sportier trim panels. Courtesy of the C2 platform, the rear passengers get to enjoy more space because legroom, shoulder room and knee room have increased by 2.8, 2.5, and 2.0 inches respectively.
The dash has a flatter design while HVAC vents look smaller. The huge center stack has been replaced by a new, floating infotainment system. The HVAC vents and control system of the infotainment system is shaped like the front fascia’s radiator grille; the vents and control system feature a chrome strip to make them look more stylish. The usual gear shifter is no more, in its place is a rotary unit; the cup-holders that flank it are longitudinally aligned.
Ford has also added a wireless charging pad for front passengers and wider armrests to ensure the driver and front passenger are more comfortable. There is also a new infotainment system ahead of the driver; it’s good that Ford has done away with the previous design whose overhang looked odd above the gauges. The central digital screen has also been enlarged.
The model also comes with an adaptive cruise control system that has been upgraded for the 2019 model year; the new system features lane keep assist. The model also features traffic sign recognition, automatic parking assist and evasive steering assist.
Engine and performance
Being the performance version of the Focus lineup, the ST-Line is powered by a 1.5 L, gasoline engine that produces 182 hp in the ST-Line but 150 hp in lower trims. In standard form, the engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox but one can add a 6-speed automatic system. Ford has not released information about the engine’s fuel consumption or performance. We expect this information to be availed later this year as the model nears its on sale date.
Price and release date
Pricing information for the U.S. market was not available as of this writing; considering the model will debut in the U.S. market in 2019, it is too early for the automaker to release the model’s pricing details. In Europe, the 2019 Ford Focus ST-Line price starts at £19,300 ($27,600).