2022 Ford Focus ST: Facelifted hot hatch marks the end of an era
Ford strips back the Focus range to just ST models The 2022 Ford Focus ST has been announced with a host of upgrades, but the range will be slimmed down to just two performance variants. Ford has dropped the three-cylinder ST-Line and Active models from the Focus line-up, with Australian buyers now only given access to the sporting ST and new premium ST X variant.
The move marks an end to traditional passenger cars being offered by the Blue Oval in Australia. The company’s local arm now only offers SUVs, commercial vehicles, and performance models in the Focus ST, Fiesta ST, and Mustang.
Along with a new look, Ford has added a number of tech and interior upgrades for the 2022 Model Year.
A new 13.2-inch landscape infotainment touchscreen now features (up from 12.3 inches), running Ford’s Sync 4 operating system with Connected Navigation – which uses real-time and predictive traffic information to suggest the most efficient routes. Drivers may also be warned about severe weather events which could affect their journey.
Connect Navigation will be offered as a complimentary trial subscription, along with Connected Voice, meaning some features will be disabled unless owners sign up to a paid subscription.
Like the recently-unveiled Fiesta ST, the company has swapped the long-running Recaros for a pair of heated Ford Performance sport seats, offering the driver 14-way power adjustability.
Slimmer LED headlights with surround daytime-running light signatures and integrated fog lights provide a fresh look, along with redesigned LED tail-lights with a loop light pattern that echoes the headlights.
Those who opt for the Focus ST X get upgraded to pixel LED headlights, which remove glare for oncoming traffic, as well as offering improved illumination in bad weather and on winding roads.
A set of 18-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard to the Focus ST, while the ST X gets a set of 19-inch alloys. Ford has also added Mean Green to the exterior colour palette.
The current 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will continue in the updated hot hatch, sending 206kW and 420Nm to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic.
Both versions of the Focus ST will come with an electronic limited-slip differential to aid traction under acceleration and cornering, while the ST X gets a new selectable drive mode for the track – allowing for a more aggressive throttle response and greater leeway from the car's safety systems.
Ford has also updated the Focus ST’s safety tech, improving blind-spot assist and adding intersection assist and rear occupant alert.
The 2022 Ford Focus ST and Focus ST X will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of next year (April to June inclusive), with pricing to be announced closer to launch.