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The new Ford Focus ST has a bigger engine, and naturally, more power

2019-02-18 12:19
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The Ford Performance-developed all-new Focus ST enhanced with advanced sports technologies will go on sale in the northern summer in five-door hatch and estate body (only offered in Europe) styles.

The new ST uses a bigger engine than the previous generation's 2.0-litre and now employs a 205kW and 420Nm 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine with twin-scroll turbo and anti-lag. 

The automaker says it's the first time the ST uses a first front-wheel drive electronic limited-slip differential which improves traction and stability.

For the first time Ford will offer a new seven-speed automatic gearbox as a option to the standard rev-matching, short-shift six-speed manual gearbox. 

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The new ST also has selectable drive Modes for the first time, adjusting features including Electronic Brake Booster and fastest Ford electric power-assisted steering to match performance to scenario

Recaro supply the sport pews in the new ST and the car features an independent rear suspension configuration with continuously controlled damping. 

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New tech 

The new ST will feature adaptive Cruise control coupled with Stop & Go, speed sign recognition and lane-centering for ease in stop-start traffic. 

Ford’s adaptive front lighting system uses a new camera-based to predicatively curve light and sign-based light that pre-adjust headlamp patterns for improved visibility by monitoring bends in the road and – for the first time in the industry – road signs. 

There is active park assist 2 that operates gear selection, acceleration and braking in addition to steering, to enable fully-automated manoeuvres at the push of a button. 

For the first time in Europe, Ford’s first head-up display will help drivers focus their attention on the road ahead according to the automaker.

A system called evasive steering assist, a segment-first technology that helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. 

Ford SA has yet to confirm whether the ST will be introduced to Mzansi. 

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