According to some earlier reports, the Ford Mustang is going to stay the only available Blue Oval’s passenger car in the United States. The claim, however, might be wrong after you see what we managed to catch while it was doing a road test. Yes, this is the U.S.-specs 2019 Ford Focus ST and yes, it’s made for North America.
First of all, we know it’s the 2019 Focus ST model thanks to the “ST” badge on the front grille. Regarding the grille, it features a distinctive honeycomb mesh design, yet this time there is the second one straight below that mirrors the regular one. In addition, the car hosts pretty much identical front bumper as the Focus ST-Line. The only change that really matters is a pair of fog lamps. In the rear, the testing prototype gets two exhaust pipes, as well as the diffuser-like bumper, while the side of the car shows brand’s new seven “petals” alloy wheels.
Inside, the 2019 Ford Focus ST will come paired with a color touchscreen that sits at the very top of the dashboard. The carmaker will not skip the chance to add Ford’s Co-Pilot360 driver aids, while we also expect Recaro front seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel among standard kit of the ST model.
The car rides on Ford’s next-generation front-wheel-drive platform. This way, the new Focus ST improves rigidity by 20 percent compared to the predecessor. The architecture is suitable for new engine options, as well. Moreover, we are pretty sure that the automaker has a plan to use a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 under the hood the 2019 Focus ST. Still, the option will not reveal its full potential, so to say. Instead of maximum 370 horsepower, the output will be reduced to 252 horsepower. Why? Well, the car will use front wheels only, so it has to use the detuned version. A six-speed manual gearbox will be the only available transmission, of course.