• Nov 8th 2007 at 3:55PM
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Yesterday's Focus ST500 special edition is cool and all, but what most Focus fans overseas are looking forward to is the next ST. Well, the wait's over thanks to the UK's Auto Express. The mag has pulled the cover off of the updated hot hatch, which incorporates all the latest Ford of Europe design cues. The headlights are very Mondeo, and that gaping lower intake shows us that the maw on the Verve concept was not some show car exaggeration. It's a styling element that's now officially been used on a production vehicle. Around back, the hatch is updated and the rear bumper has a diffuser insert.

As before, 3- and 5-door models will be offered, and the new car's powertrain also remains unchanged. It packs the same 2.5L 222-horsepower turbo five-cylinder underhood as the outgoing car, and it even keeps the same pricing scheme. The three-door ranges from £17,995 for the ST to £19,995 for the loaded-up ST-3. Five-door versions add another £600 to the bottom line. The updated Focus ST goes on sale in March 2008. While our pals across the pond get this toy to play with, we're stuck with the new car whose front end looks like it's made of Duplo blocks. But it has Sync, so rejoice.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      As a Brit I just miss the AVO Escort Mk1 and 1967 Lotus Cortina. They did'nt look like a wedge of cheese with Bifocals and no electric gadgets to worry about.
      If you like the wheels and engine then remove them - but leave the car to the bulldozers
      I wish 1960's style GT/Sport spec was still available - even as an option.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the current ST looks better, but this one still looks a billion times better than what we have here in NA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be a great little Mercury Tracer!

      And it would give Mercury a unique Product here in the U.S.A
        • 7 Years Ago
        More like Mercury GAYcer. They need to just skim the fat and lop off Mercury altogether already.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Screw the Tracer, this should be the new Mercury Lynx.

        Give Mercury a cat theme again, with the Cougar as a flagship.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe not a Mercury due to prices of importing an Euro car... BUT why can't they take this model and make it a Lincoln here in the US?

      With Audi, Volvo, and now BMW with the 1-series all jumping into the smaller luxury segment lately why can't the Euro Focus be tweaked into a Lincoln? Lincoln's the only bright spot left in Ford's lineup design-wise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wouldn't it be cheaper to have it designed, built, and sold here in the first place?

      I hate Ford.
        • 7 Years Ago

        They should definitely borrow the design cues going forward.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fords...dying...a...slow...painful...death...cause anyone I know in my age bracket doesn't even consider buying any of their cars! Older people (ie. my parents) who grew up with decent Ford cars still buy them but their future is bleak because cars like the Euro Focus are not being sold here to interest the younger generation. Time is running out!
      • 7 Years Ago
      When Ford goes belly up I think they'll finally say, "Damn, we really should have brought our Australian and European cars to America. Oh well."

      Maybe it goes back to the model T, "You can have it in any color so long as it's black."

      You can have any Ford model, so long as it's built by the UAW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I HATE FORD!!!!!! They give American's all the junk... that new Focus is an embarrassment.... no hatch??? Not even the wagon, wow Ford, you deserve to fail in the N.A. market
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is quite disappointed to don’t have the euro focus in the States, as much I know it is too expensive import it from Europe, GM is assembling the Astra in South America (Argentina), and maybe that why it is here because it is cheaper to produce.

      The 2009 Ford focus now available in Mexico has a 2.0L and a 4 gear transmission it is more cheaper than full-euro version, exec by the ST witch is the same 5 cyl, and so on.

      NAFTA has a specific part about cars trade, so starting from Jan 1 2009 you can buy a car any place in North America paying not much taxes, so now the only problem is the maintenance and replacement parts (that will be the expensive experience). Do not get surprise if you see that Ford Focus on California or Texas Streets next year with a plate “I love Ford”.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am a Ford guy and while the new Focus here isn't beautiful I do not think it is that bad. I have already seen 3-4 in the last two weeks. I mean, this one is nice but the interior does not look that great. I actually prefer the top end version of our Focus' interior. I am sure in the next couple of years we will have the same Focus everywhere, but until then, get over it!
      • 7 Years Ago

      Ford should bring this here!

      But only as a Ford. This is a hot-hatch halo car that would bring in the younger market in a heartbeat. Positioning it a a Mercury would dilute its potential impact significantly, IMO.

      What's Mercury got other than that hot babe who is stunning from the neck down and Michael Schumacher from the chin up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We get the butt ugly old-new Focus here so it can be sold dirt cheap to Hertz and other rental agencies. I'd rather drive a Kia or Hyundai than a Focus anyday.
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