Ford has updated the Focus lineup in Europe with subtle styling revisions, upgraded onboard technology, and a new DCT for the mild-hybrid powertrains. The new lineup has already been listed on the official Ford UK and Germany websites and is expected to go on sale in February 2022.
The styling revisions are in line with the revisions done on the Ford Fiesta that we saw a month ago. The Ford “blue oval” badge is relocated from the bonnet lip to the centre of the slightly larger upper grille. There are new LED headlights with integrated fog light functionality; new LED taillights, new bumpers, and of course, new alloy wheel designs. And yes, the Focus ST gets a Mean Green paint option, just like in the new Fiesta ST. The optional X pack on the Focus ST adds Dynamic Pixel LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels (18-inch standard). The Dynamic Pixel LED headlights incorporate features such as Glare-Free High Beam, Camera-based Dynamic Bending, Bad-Weather Light, and Sign-based Light.
Besides a raised ride height, the Focus Active gets SUV-inspired rugged looks with vertical strakes on the upper grille; faux skid plates, plastic cladding on the wheel arches, and a unique wheel design. The wagon boasts a luggage capacity of 1,653-litres.
Inside, there’s a new 13.2-inch central touchscreen powered by SYNC 4 software that supports wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. The Focus ST features new in-house developed Performance Seats and apparently, they’ve received Germany’s Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) approval. The seats offer 14-way power seat adjustment, including 4-way adjustable lumbar support.
ADAS include Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Centring, Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Intersection Assist, and Rear Occupant Alert.
Powertrain options include a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine available with 74 kW (100 metric hp) or 92 kW (125 metric hp) outputs, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox; a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, available with 92 kW or 114 kW (155 metric hp) output options, and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a new Powershift 7-speed DCT; and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder EcoBlue diesel engine, available with 70 kW (95 metric hp) or 88 kW (120 metric hp) output options, and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox but the 120 hp variant is also available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Focus ST is exclusively powered by a 2.3-litre 4-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine with 206 kW (280 metric hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. Transmission options will be a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed automatic. The aforementioned optional X pack gets you an additional Track mode that offers optimised EPAS feedback, a more aggressive throttle tuning and greater leeway from the ESC system. The ST also gets an electronic limited-slip differential, while the Continuously Controlled Damping system is optional.