About Time: 2012 Ford Focus gets EcoBoost

By Jason Davis | August 17, 2011
There's not much wrong with the current Ford Focus. In fact, the only problem exists for enthusiasts: Many European domestic market cars are, like the EDM Focus, substantially different than the US counterpart, especially when it comes to horsepower. According to Ford, that may change, as a souped-up version of the Focus hatch is on its way to the US market. Of course, most Americans will prefer the regular trim models. But if you're a Focus enthusiast or just an admirer of boosted, hot-hatches like the Subaru Impreza WRX, Mazda's Mazdaspeed3, and Volkswagen's GTI, then the new Focus ST is sure to catch your attention.
In a press release this morning, Ford dropped a few details about the upcoming hatch, scheduled for release next spring. Among the details: the Focus ST will  be on display this weekend (August 20) at the Woodward Dream Cruise north of Detroit. The new performance edition Focus ST will offer a race-tuned suspension, six-speed manual transmission (instead of the five-speed manual and six-speed automatics in the base trim offerings), and best of all, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine making 247 hp. The same engine in the Ford Explorer EcoBoost rated 28 mpg highway. Due to its much smaller size, weight, and manually shiftable transmission, the Focus ST should therefore see mileage ratings well over 30 mpg, perhaps even close to the 36 mpg rating of the Focus SEL five-door hatchback. Other details, including price and production numbers have not been released. The current Focus SEL five-door hatch starts at $22,700, just $1000 less than the base price for the Mazdaspeed3, and nearly $2800 less than the Impreza WRX hatchback. Though the Focus SEL is no match for the turbocharged Mazda or Subaru, the Focus ST, if priced right, could give the reigning hatch kings a run for their money. Source: Ford