The new Ford Focus ST range – which includes a diesel model for the first time – is on sale now, with prices starting from £22,195.

Both the Ecoboost petrol and TDCI diesel models are priced identically, while the five-door estate model is available for £1,100 more.

Power comes from either a 2.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine with 250PS and 360Nm of torque, or a 2.0-litre TDCI with 185PS and 400Nm.

The petrol model is the faster of the two, recording a 6.5-second 0-62mph time and a 154mph top speed.

The diesel version, meanwhile, notches up 8.1 seconds on the same sprint, with a top speed of 135mph.

Not surprisingly, the diesel is the more efficient of the two, achieving up to 67.3mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 110 g/km, placing it in VED Band B (£20 pa).

The Ecoboost model by comparison returns up to 41.5mpg and emits 159 g/km, enough to push it into Band G (£180 pa).

Three trim levels are available – ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 – with all benefiting from 18-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, keyless start, tyre pressure monitoring and Ford’s Sync system.

ST-2 models add part-leather upholstery to the Recaro seats, plus a heated windscreen, LED running lights, automatic headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, climate control and floor mats, in exchange for an extra £1,500.

The top-spec ST-3 model upgrades the infotainment system to Sync2 with an 8-inch touch-screen and DAB digital ratio, plus bi-xenon adaptive headlights, heated and electrically-adjustable front seats, folding door mirrors, cruise control, ‘Rock’ metallic 18-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, illuminated scuff plates, privacy glass, rear parking sensors and Ford’s Keyfree system.  It’s priced from £25,995.

An ST Style Pack is available that adds 19-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, red brake callipers, and  illuminated scuff plates to ST-2 models for £750, while 19-inch wheels can be added to ST-3 models for an additional £450.

The new Focus ST is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in February 2015.