Ford has had much success with its Focus ST model. The holiday buying season is around the corner, and it is likely to be on the wish lists of many young and young-at-heart drivers. According to reports, there won’t be any drastic changes with the upcoming release of the 2017 Ford Focus ST. The overall look will likely remain, with a few touches to reflect current trends in the industry.
2017 FORD FOCUS ST EXTERIOR
Among the few improvements to modernize its look 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 reportedly also be modified and integrated with large air intakes, and the rear bumper will house two new large exhaust pipes. Reports also indicate the automaker will enhance the performance of its suspension kit, and hook up the five-door hatchback with a new set of wheels designed for better grip and performance. Less noticeable will be a slightly redesigned body to improve its aerodynamics.
2017 FORD FOCUS ST INTERIOR
Ford is said to be shooting for more balance between comfort and sporty looks for the 2017 ST interior. Passengers can expect to find its innovative Recaro-designed seats quite comfortable, and complementary to a cabin upholstered in quality material. The sleek dashboard will reportedly boast 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 as standard features along with USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi and Smartphone integration to please the gadget geeks. The ST will reportedly also have an infotainment system with a large touch-screen, and a premium sound system likely to come with both HD and satellite radio in addition to AM/FM channels.
2017 FORD FOCUS ST ENGINE
The 2017 Ford ST will reportedly be equipped with a choice of two drivetrains under the hood, the first being a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder gasoline engine capable of producing 252 hp @ 5,500 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque @ 2,000 rpm. It is expected to return 23.8 mpg city, 41 mpg on highway and 32.6 in combined drives. It reportedly accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. The second option will be a 2.0 L diesel TDCi engine capable of producing 185 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. Estimated fuel economy is expected to be 33 mpg, 46 mpg and 37.6 mpg for city, highway and combined drives respectively.
The Focus will apparently continue to be a cut above the average economy car, with sharp and expressive styling, crisp handling, and a well-balanced suspension contributing to the overall satisfaction of active drivers.