Ford has announced pricing and specification details for its updated 2015 Ford Focus ST hatch, and it will be here within a month.

The Focus ST sports a lower and wider stance, with styling enhancements including a sculped bonnet, slimmer headlamps and rectangular fog lamps. Body-coloured side skirts, a rear roof spoiler and and diffuser elements surrounding the trademark twin hexagonal centre exhausts stand the sporty hatch out from standard Focus stock, while ostensibly aiding aerodynamics.

Exclusive to the new Focus ST is a dark grey finish, known as Stealth. Deep Impact Blue has also been added to the colour palette.

More important are the under-skin changes. New front suspension springs work with retuned front and rear dampers, along with stiffer bushes on the front lower control arm and rear spring links for increased responsiveness. EPAS and ESC systems have been recalibrated to suit. New technology, known as Enhanced Transitional Stability, has also been incorporated. It is designed to measure vehicle stability and driver inputs to predict when loss of control might occur and intervene via individual wheel braking to bring the Focus ST back into line.

An optional $2000 technology pack adds rear cross traffic alert, active city stop, blind spot monitoring, auto high beam lamps and lane departure warning among other items, bringing the new Focus ST bang up-to-date.

Ford’s latest SYNC2 connectivity system is accessed via an impressive 8.0-inch colour touchscreen. It’s a standout in an improved interior, which also features a new flat-base steering wheel with soft-feel leather trim and bolstered sports seats designed with Recaro.

Stop-start tech is offered for the first time on the Focus ST. It plays its part in reducing overall fuel consumption to 7.3L/100km, making the 2015 model the most efficient Focus ST yet. Power and torque figures are unchanged, meaning 184kW and 340Nm, or 360Nm during short bursts, thanks to an overboost function.

Priced from a highly competitive $38,990 plus on-roads, the latest hot Focus (at least until the mighty Focus RS arrives) will be in showrooms from May 1.





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