Ford Readying Focus ST Diesel— Just Not for the U.S.
Sigh...another fun car getting a diesel powerplant and another opportunity for us to pine for it from overseas. In a recent interview with Auto Express, Ford’s Chief Marketing Officer Mark Fields said that they would be introducing a diesel-powered version of the lovable Ford Focus ST. The problem is, it won’t be coming to the U.S. Of course. Putting to use a 182-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, the ST is projected to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in just about 8.0 seconds. That’s a tad slower than the standard ST’s 5.9 second 0-60 mph run (note: the standard ST does have 200 horsepower). PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Ford Focus ST Wagon
This hopped-up diesel would follow in the footsteps of the highly-praised Volkswagen Golf GTD. Essentially, a diesel-powered GTI, with the same 200 horsepower.
As mentioned though, like the GTD, we likely won’t get a diesel Focus ST in the U.S. anytime soon (if ever). Nothing official has come from Ford yet regarding the new hatchback, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears open if anything does come up.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Ford Focus ST