Focus ST to rival cars such as the Golf GTI
Although the ST which will be showcased at Geneva is in concept form, sources say it is very close to the production version.
The Focus ST concept is powered by a turbocharged Duratec 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine boasting about 160 kW.
The Focus ST's stance - low-profile 225/40 performance tyres on sculpted 18x8-inch five-spoke cast aluminium wheels - speaks driving confidence and grip.
Inside and out, the ST's design makes its performance attributes clear - it is ready to rival cars such as the Golf GTI and Megane RS.
The upper grille of Focus ST is taller and narrower than that of core Focus models. Both upper and lower grilles feature a graphite mesh with signature triangular pattern hinting at mechanical power.
Flanking the top of the lower grille, foglamp openings are trimmed in brushed aluminium.
At the rear, reversing and rear foglamp features are given similar design treatment, while the lower bumper has been sculpted to create a visual "venturi effect" from which the chrome-tipped dual sport exhausts emerge.
Specially shaped sill mouldings - aligned with the chin of the front bumper - further communicate the low centre of gravity and agility of the Focus ST.
The Focus ST also sports a more purposeful tailgate spoiler. Shaped for both aerodynamic and visual effect, the spoiler extends beyond the width of the tailgate to just above the high-mounted tail lamps of the Focus.