► New 2019 Ford Focus ST spied
► Warm performance increase
► 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo tipped
We’ve already driven the all-new Ford Focus, and we were impressed by the regular family hatch. In standard guise, the current model displayed precise linear steering, huge grip and useful torque; and when we drove it earlier this year, we wondered what else an ST version would bring. And now we might be a little closer to the answer.
New pictures from our spy photographers have shown the ST hot hatch undergoing testing near the Nurburgring - virtually undisguised.
We can now see the bodykit being prepped for the performance Focus, with roof spoiler, side sills, diffuser and bigger alloy wheels housing upgraded brakes.
Our spies caught the remarkably uncamouflaged Focus ST on test near the Blue Oval's Nordschleife test facility in Germany ahead of a planned launch in spring 2019.
However, don't expect to see the car at the Geneva motor show; Ford is skipping the 2019 Swiss show, so it'll just be unveiled digitally, CAR understands.
Everything you need to know about the new Ford Focus
Performance and specs
Our fresh spyshots capture the warm Focus ST – not the fire-breathing RS that’ll come later – so expect a lower, firmer suspension and a powertrain tweaked for greater performance.
Our earlier spy photos (below) have already depicted the Focus on test around the Nurburgring, as engineers fettle the chassis to cope with the extra grunt. It's a front-wheel drive platform, without the 4wd complexity of the last Focus RS model.
Power is likely to come from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, or detuned version of the last RS's 2.3-litre turbo. Some of the test cars spotted out and about have worn registrations suggesting the larger lump is a goer.
Either way, Ford will need it to put out around 250-275bhp to match its rivals. Expect a power figure closer to the 340bhp mark for the Focus RS arriving later in the new Focus's lifecycle.
We’ll update this page when we learn more about the new warm Ford Focus ST