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2015 Ford Focus ST set to raise the bar for hot-hatches

2015 Ford Focus ST coming soon to Scotland and Liverpool

Ford’s hugely successful Focus hatchback is set for an update shortly, and motorists requiring extra pulling power from their everyday cars will be pleased to read that the 2015 Ford Focus ST is also set to arrive soon. Fittingly, the model made its global debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, where its agile performance was demonstrated through a run up the event’s famous hill climb. It’s not just the driving dynamic that receives developments, as the car’s been given a stunning new look also.

Added sports design

The ST channels the road and track with its motorsport personality, and this characteristic has been enhanced in the latest version. The reshaped front end features a wide grille between slanted headlamps, and neat side sills lead from front to back. The distinctive rear holds a central twin exhaust port, as well as reshaped lights below a large spoiler. Resting over painted brake callipers are large alloy wheels, and all elements complement superbly for a finish that is unmistakably ST.

Six paint choices are offered by Ford, including new shades of grey Stealth and Deep Impact Blue. Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black and Race Red are the alternatives, and each stands out against the black lamp bezels.

An intelligently crafted cabin

An interior redesign has been applied to the cabin, with its many features simplified for an intuitive layout. Details from the race track remain in the form of a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sports seats and gauges showing turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information.

From the supportive drivers’ seat the ST’s cutting-edge technologies can be accessed quickly, most notably the Ford SYNC2 connectivity system which is included within the model for the first time. This innovation allows you to mirror your smartphone’s apps and functions through the 8-inch display, and control them through voice commands alone. Access to audio, navigation and climate control systems also occurs through SYNC2.

Versatile performance that excites

Motorists choose the Focus ST for its high-performance credentials, and crucially Ford hasn’t lost sight of the need for everyday practicality. A diesel-powered ST is offered for the first time in the shape of a 183bhp 2.0-litre TDCi unit. With CO2 emissions of just 114g/km and up to 64.2mpg given, the model represents Ford’s most fuel-efficient and low-emission performance car ever. The 247bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost is the petrol alternative, and this sprightly powertrain leads the car to 60mph from still in less than 6.5 seconds. Auto start/stop is fitted to both to help cut fuel consumption, while also underlining the ST’s suitability as a vehicle for everyday use.

Big things are expected from the new Focus ST, and with the success of previous generations to build on, the latest iteration looks set to impress hugely. Peoples Ford across Scotland and Liverpool will be among the first to receive the model, and you can schedule a test drive as soon as it arrives by enquiring directly.

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