Ford Focus ST facelift gets revised styling more tech and performance seats

Press Release:

MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 14, 2021 – Ford today revealed the refreshed Focus ST, developed by Ford Performance. Featuring sporty new exterior styling and alloy wheel designs, a head-turning Mean Green paint option and all-new, in-house developed Performance Seats, the Focus ST continues to be offered with a high-performance EcoBoost engine.

The updated Focus ST introduces Ford’s next-generation SYNC 4 technology, enabling embedded connected navigation and connected voice control with natural language understanding 6. SYNC 4 is supported by an all-new, largest in segment 1 13.2-inch landscape centre screen with an intuitive interface designed to make it effortless to navigate a comprehensive range of driving and comfort features.

Advanced driver assistance technologies introduced to Focus ST for the first time include Blind Spot Assist, 2 which builds on the functionality of Blind Spot Information System by monitoring the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind, and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected.

Ford also announced that from the updated 2022 model, the Focus line-up in Australia will consist only of the Focus ST hot hatch range, including the ST and premium ST X. Demand for the Focus ST continues to grow, and with the addition of ST X, means hot hatch customers can choose the variant that best suits their needs.

The small car segment in Australia has declined significantly over the past seven years, from 21% of the total industry in 2014 to 12% in 2020. Over the same period, the percentage of hot hatch sales in that segment more than tripled.3

“As we focus our efforts in areas of future growth for Ford and the industry, we’re freshening and expanding our line-up across performance, commercial and family vehicles, including plans for at least five new electrified vehicles by the end of 2024,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.

Modern, bold design

The updated Focus ST features a bold exterior design that further emphasises its high-performance character. Details include honeycomb upper and lower front grilles, large side vents, side skirts and aerodynamically-optimised spoilers on the lower fascia and rear roof. A new design of 18inch alloy wheel is standard on Focus ST, with 19-inch wheels offered on the premium Focus ST X model.

Inside, the Focus ST features all-new Performance front seats, developed in-house by Ford Performance engineers to provide high levels of support and comfort whether on the track or the school run. The seats have been given the seal of approval from the leading European spinal health organisation Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR) (the Campaign for Healthier Backs).

Fourteen-way power seat adjustment, including four-way adjustable lumbar support, helps drivers reach their ideal driving position, while standard seat heating contributes to high levels of comfort.

A new bonnet design increases the height of the nose for greater visual presence across the ST line-up, and the Ford “blue oval” badge is relocated from the bonnet lip to the centre of the larger upper grille.

Newly designed LED headlights include integrated fog light functionality that allows a cleaner, sleeker lower fascia design, and deliver a distinctive and purposeful light signature. LED taillights feature a new internal design with a darker central section and an eye-catching new loop light pattern.

“The Focus has always been at the forefront of our ‘human-centric’ design philosophy, and now we have created a design that has even more personality,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe.

Exciting performance

The updated Focus ST is powered by a 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, delivering 206kW and 420 Nm of torque supported by a twin-scroll turbocharger with anti-lag technology. A seven-speed automatic with paddle shifters is standard, while a six-speed manual gearbox is a no-cost option.

Further high-performance driving technologies include an electronic limited-slip differential that enhances cornering performance and traction when accelerating, as well as Continuously Controlled Damping that monitors steering, braking, suspension and body inputs 500 times a second to adjust damping responses to deliver optimal ride comfort and cornering control. The feature-packed Focus ST X also features new Pixel LED headlights, along with 19-inch alloy wheels and an additional Track mode within the selectable Drive Modes, for optimised EPAS feedback, a more aggressive throttle tuning and greater leeway from the ESC system.

Technology to make life easier

The refreshed Focus ST seamlessly integrates Ford’s latest convenience and driving technologies for a comfortable and connected driving experience.

Focus ST will benefit from the new SYNC 4 communication and entertainment system,4 supported by an all-new 13.2-inch central touchscreen. With an intuitive interface, drivers are never more than a touch or two away from any application, information or control they need. The new touchscreen also incorporates controls for functions such as heating and ventilation that were previously activated using physical buttons, resulting in a cleaner and less cluttered centre console. The system also delivers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android AutoTM compatibility, allowing seamless integration between smartphone functions and SYNC 4.

Advanced speech recognition allows occupants to use natural speech, 4 combining on-board data with Internet searches – enabled by FordPass Connect – for quick, accurate responses to commands for everything from entertainment, phone calls and text messages to climate control and weather information.

Using the FordPass app,5 a range of connected services can be accessed using a smartphone, allowing the customer to stay connected with their car from anywhere with a strong data signal and utilise features such as Vehicle Status – for checking fuel levels, odometer readings and more – and Remote Start.6

Focus ST vehicles with SYNC 4 benefit from complimentary trial access to Connected Navigation 7 and Connected Voice 7 subscriptions, which enables features such as live traffic, weather and parking information.7

Connected Navigation 7 includes real-time and predictive traffic information delivered by in-vehicle and in-cloud routing to suggest the most efficient routes. Live weather information keeps the driver informed of conditions along their route and at their destination and can warn of severe weather events that may affect their journey,7 while three-dimensional maps of major cities and parking information help navigate unfamiliar environments.

The premium Focus ST X model will feature advanced lighting technologies, with Dynamic Pixel LED headlamps that offer:

Glare-Free High Beam 2 which uses a front-mounted camera to detect oncoming traffic and create a “glare-free spot” within the beam pattern by blocking those rays that would otherwise shine in the eyes of other road-users

Camera-based Dynamic Bending,2 which uses a forward-facing camera to read the road ahead and illuminate the inside of curves in the road, increasing the field of vision
Bad-Weather Light,2 which changes the beam pattern for better visibility when windscreen wipers are activated

Sign-based Light,2 which uses a forward-facing camera to detect road signs and use them as a cue to adjust the beam pattern and better illuminate cyclists and pedestrians at junctions and roundabouts

The updated Focus ST also adds to its comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance technologies. Blind Spot Assist 2 builds on the functionality of Blind Spot Information System by monitoring the driver’s blind spots for vehicles approaching from behind, and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change if a potential collision is detected, guiding the vehicle away from danger. The system scans adjacent lanes for vehicles up to 28 metres behind 20 times per second, and can operate at speeds from 65 km/h up to 200 km/h.

New Intersection Assist 2 uses the Focus ST’s forward-facing camera in combination with radar to monitor the road ahead for potential collisions with oncoming vehicles in parallel lanes. The system can automatically apply the brakes when travelling at up to 30 km/h to help prevent or mitigate accidents where a driver is turning across the path of an oncoming vehicle, such as at a crossroads or junction. The system functions without the need for road markings or furniture and also at night with headlights activated.

Also available are Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane Centring,2 which helps to ease the strain of driving in stop-start traffic. Pre-Collision Assist with Active Braking 2 helps drivers avoid or mitigate the effects of collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Focus ST also features Rear Occupant Alert, designed to help drivers avoid leaving children or pets in their vehicle by reminding them to check the back seats when the rear doors have been opened at the start of a journey.

“The updated Focus is packed with new technologies and features that all deliver a tangible benefit to the driver or passengers in terms of comfort, convenience or safety,” said Glen Goold, Ford Focus vehicle line director. “Our customers expect to find the latest features when they step into a Ford and that they will blend seamlessly into their lives – this is what we have achieved with the new Focus.”

Source: Ford