For the MY22 model year, Ford has updated the Focus ST to include a new model, new equipment and a new design. The 2022 Ford Focus ST will now be split into two models, the entry level Focus ST and the Focus ST X, which is better equipped with new kit such as Matrix headlights. The ST will be the only Focus offered in Australia – the regular model will not be sold here, which marks the end of the line for the regular Focus locally.
“As we focus our efforts in areas of future growth for Ford and the industry, we’re freshening and expanding our line-up across performance, commercial and family vehicles, including plans for at least five new electrified vehicles by the end of 2024,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia.
As part of the mid-life update for the fourth generation Focus, both cars will feature a new front end that features honeycomb upper and lower grills, large side vents, a rear spoiler and new side skirts. The new 2022 Ford Focus ST will also feature a newly-designed 18-inch wheel with the Focus ST X featuring a larger 19-inch wheel. There is a new bonnet design to the Focus ST, which has relocated the Ford ‘blue oval’ badge from the bonnet to the upper grille like the recently updated Fiesta ST. A new design to the LED headlights modernises the front end with a new daytime running light pattern.
Carried over is Ford’s ‘Ecoboost’ 206kW/420Nm 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that allows the car to complete the 0-100km/h sprint time in just 5.7 seconds. Also carried over is the choice of either a six-speed manual (which is a no-cost option) or a seven-speed automatic transmission. An electronic limited-slip differential is also standard, as well as adaptive dampers to further improve the overall driving dynamics of the Focus.
On the inside of the 2022 Ford Focus ST is a new ‘SYNC4’ infotainment system that uses an all-new 13.2-inch touchscreen that features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, as well as satellite navgiation, digital radio and even the heating and ventilation controls – gone are the physical buttons that were featured in the pre-updated model. There are also new performance bucket seats that are both 14-way power adjustable and heated.
There is the now the full suite of Ford active safety tech in the 2022 Ford Focus ST, which includes Pixel headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning with lane keep assist, intersection assistance, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality (auto only), speed sign recognition and rear occupant alert.
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