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Finally, an engine rumor that makes sense

The third rumored engine for the 2020 Ford Focus ST makes perhaps the most sense yet: Autocar reports Ford's warm hatch will use a reworked version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder from the Ford Focus RS, detuned to 250 horsepower. A year ago, Autocar paired the ST with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder; a month ago, the site Ford Trend referenced a report about upping the current 2.0-liter EcoBoost from 252 horsepower to 280 or 290 hp; and last week, AutoGuide resurrected the report about the 1

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Why that might be plausible — and why it might not

AutoGuide reports that the coming Ford Focus ST will run with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 275 horsepower. This is a novel assertion for several reasons, the first being that it mimics a similarly unsourced rumor from one year ago in Autocar, down to the cylinder count and horsepower. Auto Guide leaves out the particulars about how Ford would coax more than 180 hp-per-liter from the L Dragon engine; Autocar's 2017 article said the Blue Oval would rely on twin-scroll t

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It could be an RS mule, but we think ST is more likely

The reveal of the new, more elegant-looking Ford Focus has us excited, but the Focuses we're really waiting for are the high-performance ones, the ST and the RS. Based on these spy shots, it looks like we probably don't have long to wait for the former. They seem to show an ST in very minimal camouflage lapping the Nurburgring.

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The Camaro gets a new face while Ford shifts its Focus

One of these things is not like the others. And we don't mean that one is a Chevy while the rest are all from Ford. No, what we're looking at here are a bunch of performance cars, with one lone economy car thrown in for good measure.

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We've also got a new Ford Mustang GT in the office

On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editors Reese Counts and Joel Stocksdale. We discuss the redesigned 2019 Chevy Camaro and the new turbocharged four-cylinder 1LE. We talk about the manual Mustang GT in the office and the all-new 2019 Ford Focus. Plus we'll spend a reader's money and talk about what the new Jetta is like.

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Ford's take on the Subaru Crosstrek concept seems likely for America

The all-new Ford Focus was revealed today, and although we were left to guess which of the five presented models will eventually land in the United States, one seems almost assured. The Ford Focus Active will feature a raised suspension and more rugged styling flourishes, including black body cladding.

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New Focus is vanguard of 50 new models by 2025

Ford, struggling to revive sales in China, on Tuesday unveiled five new models for the world's biggest auto market, part of a business revitalization effort centered around a plan to launch over 50 new or redesigned vehicles by 2025.

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It will be produced in China and go on sale in the U.S. next year

As predicted in teaser material, Ford presented the all-new, global Ford Focus today. It will be manufactured in China, and it will go on sale there and in Europe this year and on the North American market in the second half of 2019.

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New Focus reveal is a week away

For the past few months, we have seen brightly camouflaged Ford Focus test mules. The light disguise has shown us that the car has been reaching readiness for quite a while now, and the official release date is now just a week away. This short teaser video released by Ford Europe's YouTube channel gives us a look at the details of the upcoming new generation Focus.

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Fresh puns appear on the Focus

Once again, the new Ford Focus small sedan has appeared with a thin vinyl wrap. It's a newer design than the last one, and one with more puns. It has a pop-art look with some cartoon, no pun intended, speech bubbles, one of which has the oh-so-clever phrase, "We've got to keep this under wraps!" It has the same hashtag as the last few Focuses we've seen "#TimeToFocus."

Spy Shots

And it looks to be a more "grown-up" ST

A car spotter in Portugal catches an uncovered 2019 Ford Focus at a photo shoot.

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This is a UK-only special edition.

Only 50 of these Heritage Editions will be built.

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Eight Ford Performance vehicles on one track.

You even get to watch an F-150 Raptor tackle a corner.

Spy Shots

Our best look yet at the sedan version

The less versatile Focus shows itself.

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We discuss discos of the Land Rover variety, overpriced Civics, and market price Demons.

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Recalls and service bulletins haven't fixed the issues.