Taking pride of place alongside the rest of the next-generation Ford Focus family at this year’s Paris Motor Show will be the new Focus ST hot hatch.
246bhp Tangerine Scream
The current Focus ST is powered by a 222bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo petrol engine. But the new ST follows the industry-wide downsizing trend with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol instead.
This is set to produce a scorching 246bhp and, since it’s part of Ford’s Ecoboost line-up, it should prove considerably more efficient, too (the current Focus ST is well known for its thirst). Official performance and economy details are yet to be revealed.
The new car boasts sporty exterior styling, including an Aston Martin-style front grille and dual centre-exit exhaust, plus an extrovert gold paint finish labelled Tangerine Scream. We’re promised exciting handling and ‘an addictive sound’ – but the new ST won’t reach showrooms until 2012.
Elsewhere on the Ford stand at Paris, visitors will be able to see cooking versions of the all-new Focus hatchback, estate and saloon – although the UK is not likely to be getting the latter – alongside the new C-Max and Grand C-Max, which are built on the same platform.
The new Focus is a global car. Eventually, 10 products will be spun off the new platform, and will go on sale in 120 countries around the world with 80% parts commonality. This makes it more cost-effective to produce – which is good news for the still-to-be-confirmed retail pricing.
Other Ford products on show include the facelifted Mondeo, Galaxy and S-Max.
New Ford eco-tech
Ford is also highlighting its drive for lower emissions at Paris with a new Mondeo Econetic, plus a new eco-variant of the Ka with start-stop as standard.
The exact details of these – specifically the CO2 and fuel economy – are being saved for the Paris Motor Show press conferences, but it will certainly be disappointing if the Ka doesn’t drop below the 100g/km CO2 needed for free car tax.
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