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2019 Ford Focus ST going 2.3-litre turbo, manual-only: report

Wheels Magazine logo Wheels Magazine 2018-08-17 Cameron Kirby

2019 Ford Focus ST © Wheels Staff 2019 Ford Focus ST FORD is expected to up the ante with its next-gen Focus ST, by showing its existing 2.0-litre turbo engine the door, and replacing it with a 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost unit and manual ‘box related to the powertrain in the current Focus RS hyper-hatch.

It is understood the next ST will remain front-driven, unlike the all-paw RS, and the bigger four-cylinder engine will deliver 186kW, wound back from its 257kW output in RS-spec. The current-gen ST produces 184kW and 340Nm, while the rival Golf GTI sends 169kW and 350Nm to the front wheels.

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UK publication Autocar believes Ford has opted for the larger-displacement engine over a more-powerful tune of the 147kW/290Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo used in the Fiesta ST as the smaller unit would need to be run close to its reliable limit to achieve competitive outputs.

a blue car driving on a road: 2019 Ford Focus ST rear © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd 2019 Ford Focus ST rear Reports suggest the Focus ST is to be the last high-performance Focus without any electrification. The next-gen iteration of the hard-core RS is rumoured to be a hybrid, with outputs in the region of 300kW.

Most driving enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that a six-speed manual gearbox is expected to be the only transmission offered for the Focus ST.

Earlier speculation suggested a self-shifting auto would be available, but the Autocar report states that Ford will launch the 2019 variant with a three-pedal setup only, as it has chosen to with the incoming Fiesta ST.

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Autocar also claims the next-gen ST will be 88kg lighter than the current iteration, bringing it under 1400kg, with a 20 percent more rigid body.

A reveal of the production version of the 2019 Ford Focus ST is anticipated for next year’s Geneva motor show in March.

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