Ford will unveil the new Focus ST performance model and the new four-door Focus at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Focus ST is powered by a turbocharged Duratec ST 2.5-litre, 5-cylinder engine and equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.
“When performance enthusiasts see this car, they are going to have high expectations. The Focus ST is going to live up to them,” said Jost Capito, who heads Ford’s racing and performance arm, Ford Team RS. “This car looks fast from its design, and every functional attribute is being engineered to deliver on that expectation.”
The Focus ST sits on low-profile 225/40 performance tyres mounted on sculpted 18×8-inch five-spoke cast aluminium wheels. Ford claims the ST model will offer excellent performance without compromising refinement.
Full technical details of the new Ford Focus ST will be revealed closer to its launch towards the end of 2005.
Elsewhere at the Geneva Show, Ford also unveiled the new Focus 4-door, the final bodystyle of the Focus model range.
The new Focus family was designed from the outset with the four-door model as a major element, and the new 4-door model shares an identical front-end design with the other models in the Focus range.
The new Focus 4-door was engineered to provide generous luggage space. Equipped with a mini-spare tyre, the Focus 4-door offers maximum cargo space of 526 litres.. The design imperative for the boot space was to incorporate a golf bag or two large clamshell-style suitcases.
Ford has also committed to transform its Focus Vignale Concept, displayed in Paris, into a production reality, expected at the end of 2006.
The new four-door Ford Focus model provides the base architecture for the production version of the Focus Vignale Concept. The vehicle will be built at Pininfarina’s manufacturing facilities in Turin. Like the Streetka, also built by Pininfarina, the new Ford Focus model will be a convertible but the Focus will be the first European Ford to feature a folding hard top.
“The media and public reaction to the Ford Focus Vignale Concept in Paris was outstanding, and confirmed that we should put this vehicle into production at the earliest opportunity”, said Lewis Booth. “Its elegance and flair emphasise the dynamic design of the new Focus range”.
Full technical details and the name of the production version of this new Focus model will be announced closer to its launch in approximately two years time.