- The Focus was one of the passenger cars Ford canceled for 2019. The Fusion, Taurus, and Fiesta are also no more after this year.
- The Focus ST was widely touted as one of the best hot hatches for the money, providing solid power (252 horsepower) from its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a great 6-speed manual transmission.
- The 2020 Focus and its variants are totally redesigned for 2020 but will only be sold in Europe since Ford wants to invest more in trucks and SUVs here in the states.
New photos of the 2020 Ford Focus ST just hit the web, and the little hot hatch looks incredible. The proportions are just right, and it looks more European than the previous model. The irony. Turns out only Europe will get it this summer, and it looks like we shouldn't hold our breath to see them for sale here. Ford announced they won't sell the Focus or any of its variants in America. The blue oval brand is shifting its focus (pardon the use of the term) to SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks. It's no longer spending money selling sedans and hatchbacks with only the Mustang left for its singular car model.
We think the timing is crap since the VW Golf GTI is at the top of its game, and the Civic Type R is simply maddening. The ST you see here is the one Europe will get, and what a stunning hatchback it is with short front and rear overhangs, swoopy styling, and hood creases galore. We think it looks even better than the last model and better than the new Hyundai Veloster N, which at least we can buy here.
There will be two engines available including a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder good for 276 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 310 lb-ft of torque. That's 24 more horses and 40 more lb-ft than the 2018 model. Then there's a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four that delivers 187 horsepower and 295 lb-ft, the most powerful diesel ever mated to a Focus. Again, we won't see either of these. We're still weeping about giving the AWD Focus RS back.
The ST will also get either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, an electronic limited-slip differential is standard on the EcoBoost model, and the turbodiesel model will get torque vectoring for enhanced handling. Add a roof-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser for better aerodynamics and downforce. The ST will also get special 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels specific to the model. We love the look of these wheels that bear some resemblance to the ones on the current Audi RS 7. The ST will also get bigger brakes than the regular Focus, beefier suspension components, and
Though the interior of the ST isn't fancy or what one would call premium, it's perfect for this sporty car with big, black Recaro
Though the photos haven't been released, the Focus ST will also get a station wagon (awesome!), which has the same components, power, and styling as the four-door hatch. The 2020 Focus ST will go on sale in the summer of 2019 but only in Europe. Excuse us while we go have ourselves a good cry.