The Ford Focus ST will mostly be a carryover for the 2018 model year. The most notable changes will be slight tweaks to the sporty hatchback's color palette.
Based on order guides, there are no indications of any major updates to the vehicle's design inside or out. As before, the Focus ST will come with 18-inch Rado Grey Alloy Wheels with summer tires, body-color bumpers, a large rear spoiler, LED signature lighting, a piano black grille and distinctive badging.
For 2018, the main changes will be the addition of revised color options for red and blue. Last year's Race Red and Kona Blue are no more, having been replaced by Blue Metallic and Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
Although we don't yet have a color swatch for this new shade of red, spy shots circulating online seem to indicate a deeper shade of red with nuances under different lighting. The option is being treated as a premium color with an additional charge of $395. It will be the only other chargeable color after Triple Yellow Metallic Tri-Coat, a $595 option.
Previously, Race Red was offered at no extra charge. One unusual development is that Hot Pepper Red will also be offered on the regular non-ST Focus (SE and higher) as well as the Focus Electric. Will this make a red Focus ST less distinctive out on the road? Probably not, but it's worth being aware of.
Under the hood, the Focus ST will continue to feature a 2.0-liter turbo engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. As before, the option to upgrade to an automatic is not available. Official power ratings haven't been published yet, but we expect no major change from the current 252 hp and 270 lb-ft.
In terms of safety, the Focus ST features automatic headlamps and the ability to dial 911 in the event of an accident with the on-board SYNC infotainment system. However, unlike many of the latest cars, advanced driver assistance technology such as adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking continue to not be available.
Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.