Ford has unveiled the 2015 Focus ST, ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Ford has unveiled the 2015 Focus ST, ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Looking instantly recognizable, the facelifted model is distinguished by modified bumpers, a new hood and slimmer headlights. The car has also been equipped with restyled fog lights and new 18-inch alloy wheels.

The cabin receives a modest makeover that includes a flat bottom steering wheel, a redesigned center stack and improved climate controls. There's also a new center console with a media bin that houses a smart USB charger.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder carries over and produces 250 PS (183 kW) and 360 Nm (265 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 154 mph (247 km/h). Thanks to a new engine start/stop system, the model averages 41.5 mpg UK (34.5 mpg US / 6.8 L/100km) with CO2 emissions of 158 g/km.

Interestingly, the U.S. spec model is rated at 252 bhp (188 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque. Ford declined to elaborate but its performance should echo the European variant.

Speaking of European variants, there's a new 2.0-liter TDCi diesel engine that develops 185 PS (136 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the car to run from 0-62 mph in 8.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 135 mph (217 km/h). In terms of fuel efficiency, owners can expect to average 64.2 mpg UK (53.4 mpg US / 4.4 L/100km) with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km.

The 2015 Focus ST also boasts a retuned suspension with new front springs and sportier shock absorbers. There's also an improved power steering system, an upgraded torque vectoring control system and a new Electronic Transitional Stability function that intervenes as "required to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed – for example in a lane-change situation."

According to Ford of Europe Vice President of Product Development Joe Bakaj, “Ford has long enjoyed a reputation for producing performance hatchbacks with superb driving dynamics and the new Focus ST more than lives up to that pedigree." He went on to say "The engineering enhancements to the suspension, steering and electronic control systems deliver greater responsiveness, agility, precision and an exhilarating driving experience – whichever powertrain you choose.”
The Ford ST will be available to order in Europe this fall and the first deliveries are slated for early 2015.

Be part of something big