June 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Ford reveals '15 Focus ST at UK festival

2015 Focus ST (Ford Motor Co.)

Ford Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled it’s new 2015 Focus ST at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom.

It’s the global coming-out party for the newest performance version of Ford’s most popular car.

“Since its debut, Focus ST has been bringing our fun-to-drive DNA to the hot hatch segment with a uniquely Ford blend of driving dynamics, performance and style,” Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development, said in a statement. “Now, with improved dynamics, an updated suspension, new styling and a more sophisticated cabin, we expect the 2015 Focus ST will remain the hottest hatch worldwide.”

Ford first introduced the Focus ST in 2002 and has sold more than 140,000 in 40 countries, it said in a release.

The 2015 version will feature a new center console, LED lighting and redesigned front seats and interior instrument panel, among other features. The 252-horsepower car is powered by a 2-liter EcoBoost engine and comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

“The design of the new Focus is stronger and sportier, and that allowed us to make the new ST even more aggressive and dramatic,” Moray Callum, Ford group vice president, global design, said in a statement. “The front bumper is deeper, the honeycomb upper grille is higher and more upright, and the lower grille is larger. The deeper rear bumper really emphasizes the width of the car.”

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