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New Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST Development Under Way
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Ford Performance is starting work on the next-generation Fiesta and Focus ST now that the Focus RS is in production, but a hot version of the current Mondeo looks increasingly unlikely.

Focus RS chief engineer Tyrone Johnson told Autocar his next job was to start work on the replacements for the Fiesta and Focus STs.

Although Johnson wouldn’t discuss production dates, the new Focus and Fiesta are due in 2018-2019, suggesting launch dates for the ST versions of 2019-2020.

Johnson says both cars will have to retain their blend of accessible performance and everyday usability but will also have to evolve to deal with competition from new rivals.

Johnson was less encouraging about a Mondeo ST being engineered to rival the Audi S4/S6 and BMW M3/M5.

“It’s a pretty big car and the rivals are now offering around 500bhp. I think that’s a big ask for the Mondeo,” he said.

At around 1800kg and nearly 4.9 metres long, the Mondeo is closer in size to the BMW 5 Series than the 3 Series.

“Making a fast Mondeo fit our HP2 category would be very difficult,” said Johnson.

Any Ford Performance model has to fit into one of three categories — HP1, HP2 and Elite — which Ford defines by strict performance and handling criteria.

The new GT is an Elite model, while the Focus RS and HP2 and the Fiesta/Focus ST are HP1s.
 

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This is new information about Ford Performance.

Let's see how Mustang and Fusion fit...

HP1: Fiesta/Focus/Fusion ST

HP2: Focus RS, Mustang GT350/GT350R

Elte: GT
 

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First time I've heard of the HP1, HP2, and Elite categories. Love it! Awesome way for Ford Performance to maintain the right standards and focus.

Come on Ford, toss us a Fusion ST bone! You've got the Sport as a great starting point... find a way to drop some weight, slam it a bit, bump the power up a notch, and you're off to the races!
 

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Hmm, suppliers over here are gearing up for new Fiesta Job1 beginning January 2017, and new Focus end of August 2017.
FoE generally reveals new models 6 months prior to production dates, so the new Fiesta reveal could be any day now, and the Focus March 2017.

Re Focus ST reveal time line for the MK3 (Paris Sept.2010) was 9 months after the Focus MK3 reveal at the 2010 NAIAS (Jan.2010).
Sorry too lazy to bust my memory banks on the Fiesta time lines :)
 

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I would expect at a minimum for the Focus ST to have the performance version of the 2.0 EB (270 HP). It was silly to have to go with cash in hand to a Ford dealer to get that little bump up. And touque vectoring, please, to better handle the power, as I also expect the AWD to be an RS exclusive.:|
 

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Fiesta will be in Frankfurt and LA. Focus in Detroit and Geneva (such is my guess)

ST revealed a year later in probably Geneva and LA
 

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^ do you mean Frankfurt2017? ...2016 is Paris in October



don't All Fwd's transfer power Left/Right?
what more would a 2-wheels-only torque-vectoring accomplish?
there is Frankfurt show this year

Frankfurt International Motor Show
Public Dates: 09/22/16 - 09/29/16
 

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Re Focus ST reveal time line for the MK3 (Paris Sept.2010) was 9 months after the Focus MK3 reveal at the 2010 NAIAS (Jan.2010).
Sorry too lazy to bust my memory banks on the Fiesta time lines :)
The current gen Fiesta (production version) was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.
The Fiesta ST was first previewed as a Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, about a year before the facelifted Fiesta was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.



And touque vectoring, please, to better handle the power, as I also expect the AWD to be an RS exclusive.:|
The current Focus & Fiesta ST already have torque vectoring.
I think AWD could also work for the next Focus ST, sort of like an RS-lite. Similar to how a Subaru WRX is a mild version of the WRX STI.
 

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I would prefer an actual mechanical LSD on the Focus ST or Fiesta ST versus the brake based torque vectoring.
 

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I'm also kind of curious if the Fiesta ST will continue to use the 1.6 or if it will use a pumped up version of the 1.5?
 

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Johnson was less encouraging about a Mondeo ST being engineered to rival the Audi S4/S6 and BMW M3/M5.
“It’s a pretty big car and the rivals are now offering around 500bhp. I think that’s a big ask for the Mondeo,” he said.
At around 1800kg and nearly 4.9 metres long, the Mondeo is closer in size to the BMW 5 Series than the 3 Series.
“Making a fast Mondeo fit our HP2 category would be very difficult,” said Johnson.
What's even more disappointing is that Ford has a Fusion Sport but the Ford Euro chiefs
either can't or won't offer Mondeo with any excitement, 2.7 EB + AWD = all too hard.
It's not 500 HP so let's not even try....

Oh, here's a clue, why not offer Mondeo/Edge Sport as parallel model channel to Vignale?
 

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hope there isn't a more current thread...

Next Ford Focus ST Will Have A 275 Horsepower, 1.5L Engine...
...Reportedly

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by Aaron Birch — Apr 12, 2017

According to UK site Autocar, the next Ford Focus ST will go on sale soon after the regular Mk IV Focus hits showrooms, offering up 275 horsepower from a turbocharged, 1.5-liter engine with four cylinders.

That’s a substantial increase in total power output, and an even more impressive leap when the engine’s smaller displacement is taken into account. The current Focus ST produces 125 horsepower-per-liter, while the even-hotter RS makes just over 150 per liter; the next ST’s 275 horsepower would mean a volume-specific output of over 180 horsepower-per-liter.

Getting there could prove a substantial challenge. The current Focus ST’s 2.0L EcoBoost already relies upon turbocharging, twin-independent variable valve timing, and direct injection, though Autocar reports Ford will likely switch out the turbo for a twin-scroll unit. As with the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine powering the all-new Fiesta ST, Ford will put some effort into increasing efficiency and cutting emissions at the same time that performance is improved. To this end, the Focus ST’s 1.5L four-pot will reportedly feature cylinder deactivation.

The 2019 Ford Focus ST is expected to go on sale late next year, following quickly after the more pedestrian Ford Focus sedan and hatchback. All models will ride on Ford’s new C2 platform, and Ford is said to be centering its efforts on improving fit and finish rather than radically changing the Focus’ styling.

Stay tuned for more as it develops.

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^ TY & imho they're crazy for using the Fiesta's new grille in ng-Focus chops

I'm rather hoping there's one grille for base-thru-Titanium** and
another One for ST/RS with...
...different lower ^ fascias for distinctioning the 2 sport(y) ones
(Maybe if lower 'std' trims have an opt engine, that could have the ST-under-bumper, too? but with mild grille


** way back when the global Focus hit the U.S (~2010my?), I thought the frontend was TOO sporty for anything but the Titanium


edit - trying to read articles
Does it sound like a NEW 2-Liter?
wonder if so, IF a more powerful 2.3-or-equivalent is in the works??

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