Make / Model Search

New models - Ford - Focus - ST

Ford confirms $44,690 Focus ST

Manual and auto locked in for new Ford Focus ST due in Q1 2020

10 Sep 2019

FORD Australia has confirmed that its new fourth-generation Focus ST will touch down in Australian showrooms in the first quarter of 2020 at $44,690 plus on-road costs for both the six-speed manual and – for the first time in ST – seven-speed automatic.


The pricing represents a jump of about $5000 over the previous iteration, putting the new ST below the Volkswagen Golf GTI, at $46,190, but above Hyundai’s i30 N Performance hatch at $40,490.


Powered by a 206kW/420Nm version of the Blue Oval’s 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the new ST will sit atop the latest Focus range until the next Focus RS lobs at some point.


Although the new ST’s 2.3-litre engine has been detuned compared with similar engines used in other Ford products such as the upcoming 236kW/448Nm 2.3-litre Mustang High Performance, it is still 22kW and 60Nm above the peak power and torque of the superseded Focus ST with its 2.0-litre engine.


The bigger ST engine is also a tad more powerful than the i30 N Performance’s 202kW/353Nm 2.0-litre unit.


It also represents a considerable advantage over the current 2.0-litre Golf’s GTI’s 180kW/370Nm, although the German brand has a 213kW/370Nm upgrade coming in the form of the Golf GTI TCR.


Fed by a twin-scroll turbo, the Focus ST’s engine hits peak power at 5500rpm and top torque at 3000-4000rpm. No performance figures were disclosed, but Ford executives have previously forecast a 0-100km/h dash in under six seconds.


The manual ST gets Mustang-style rev matching, along with a slicker, lighter shift feel, while the automatic – unavailable until now in ST – has paddle shifters.


To be made in Germany, the new ST brings a host of upgrades shared with the latest fourth-generation launched locally early this year.


Bigger inside and more rigid in the body than before on the new C2 platform, the ST gets a five-star safety rating from ANCAP.


Unlike other Focus variants launched to date, the ST steps up with an electronic limited slip differential, launch control and a more sophisticated suspension with continuously variable damping and a fully independent rear end. The ST’s ride height is 10mm lower than the standard Focus.


The new multi-mode drive system allows the driver to select slippery, normal, sport and track modes, with a steering wheel button shortcut directly to sport mode.


The ST now rides on 19-inch machined alloy wheels, fitted with 235/35 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.


The bigger brake discs – 330mm at the front and 302mm at the rear – have red-painted callipers for dramatic effect.


Other exterior visual cues for the ST include a honeycomb front grille, LED headlights, tail-lights, fog lights and daytime running lights, unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear spoiler.


The exhaust gets dual chrome exhaust tips. other touches include rear privacy glass and heated power-folding exterior mirrors with puddle lamps.


Colour options include Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury, alongside Frozen White, Magnetic (grey), Race Red, Ruby Red and Shadow Black.


Inside, the ST gets Ford’s latest Sync 3 connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, as well as wireless smartphone charging, built-in sat-nav and B&O 10-speaker premium audio.


A rear-view camera provides a 180-degree view, while the autonomous braking has pedestrian detection.


Ford Australia president Kay Hart said the Focus ST would join the Fiesta ST in the Ford line-up for 2020, offering a full suite of Ford Performance hot hatches for local enthusiasts.


“Both bring new technology, with the Focus ST building on the innovation and tech leadership of the new-generation Focus, delivering a highly capable and livable performance hatch,” she said.


2019 Ford Focus ST pricing*

ST $44,690
ST (a) $44,690

*Excludes on-road costs

The Road to Recovery podcast series

Read more

GoAuto can help you buy a new Focus

Customer Terms and Conditions – New Car Lead enquires


This is an agreement between GoAutoMedia Pty Limited ACN 094 732 457 of PO Box 18, Beach Road, Sandringham, VIC, 3191 (“we/us”), the owner and operator of the GoAuto.com.au website (“the website”) and the person wanting GoAuto.com.au to provide them with a lead for the purchase of a new car (“you”).

By completing a New Car Lead Enquiry, you agree to the terms and conditions and disclaimers and acknowledge the policies set out below.

Terms and Conditions

  • In order for us to effect a lead you must you must complete a New Car Lead Enquiry (“Enquiry”).
  • We will call you as soon as possible after you complete the Enquiry and certainly no later than the next business day. When we call, we will discuss with you your new car requirements.
  • You consent to our passing on the Enquiry and your requirements to an appropriate authorised motor car dealer as a lead.
  • We will contact you again in approximately eight days following your initial enquiry to check on the progress of the Enquiry.
  • While we will provide the dealer with the Enquiry and details of your new car requirements, we take no responsibility for what happens after passing on that material as a lead.
  • You acknowledge that we are a new car information service providing new car editorial information, pictures and prices to our customers as a guide only. Any new car prices published on the website are the manufacturers’ recommended retail prices and do not include delivery charges and on-road costs. Any authorized motor car dealer to which we pass on your Enquiry as a lead will provide you with full details of the price at which the vehicle will be sold to you.
  • You acknowledge that we do not sell motor vehicles. Any sale of a new car to you by a dealer after we have passed on your Enquiry to that dealer as a lead, is a sale by that dealer not by us.

Privacy Policy– New Car Lead Enquires

  • We take privacy very seriously. We understand that you will only complete an Enquiry if you can trust us to protect your personal information and use it appropriately. Our policy is to ensure that the personal information collected when you make an Enquiry is only used for the purposes of connecting you with an authorised motor car dealer.
  • We do not on-sell information collected from you or any other customer.
  • From time to time, we may email you with information or promotions that may be relevant for car buyers. You will continue to receive communications from us unless you tell us that you do not want to receive any advertising or promotional information in the future by unsubscribing from these communications.
* Denotes required field
** Australian inquiries only

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Ford models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here