The next Ford Focus is turning out to be on the most highly anticipated cars for the Dearborn make. We already know that Ford is making the new Focus a “worldwide” automobile, which meant that the basic architecture and engineering would be the same for all markets. But that still left us wondering as to how similar the American Ford Focus would be to the European Focus because for the last two generations, we could do nothing but drool over the superior engineering of Ford UK’s iteration.
Due to America’s different safety and emission regulations, many of the foreign cars imported into this country have to be “Americanized,” which results in duller and less exciting automobiles. But Ford recently announced that the new Focus ST “will offer exactly the same exciting driving experience wherever it’s on sale,” which means Asia, Europe and North America.
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To keep the Volkswagen GTI directly in its sights, the ST will also have a “highly tuned” electric power steering and unique sport seats.
All of this is great news since we no longer have to be jealous of the different and potentially superior variations that may be offered in alternative markets. That is, until Ford releases a new Focus RS for the UK and not for the American markets. Please don’t do that Ford.
Refresher: The 2012 Ford Focus ST will hit ‘all global markets from early 2012.’ Power comes from a 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine making 247-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission for the Focus ST is a 6-speed manual gearbox.
– By: Chris Chin