Ford Hopes Their New 2015 Focus ST Diesel Will Sell, Not Smell
Finally, an STD you'll want to get! Ford's been teasing us with the new, 182bhp, 2015 Ford Focus ST and the excitement is... infectious? The new Ford Focus ST Diesel, as it's currently called, probably (make that hopefully) won't be badged STD so save those burning sensations for Taco Bell.
Mark Fields, Ford's chief operating officer, confirmed that Europeans will get the first crack at the updated & upgraded Focus ST line – including a diesel-powered version – at the Geneva Auto Show.
The old country is where the battle lines lie, with the VW Golf GTD (yep, the D stands for Diesel) having had much of the playing field to itself. No doubt the Ford Focus ST Diesel's 182bhp (135 kW) bettering the Golf's 181bhp by a single pony is no coincidence.
The Golf GTD is stiff competition, however, with UK magazine Autoexpress reporting the German challenger sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8 seconds flat while the Focus ST Diesel takes a half-second longer to cover the distance.
Expected to ship by mid-summer 2014, the five-door hatchback Focus ST Diesel will be powered by a 2.0-liter TDCi engine and while the power output is impressive, it doesn't come close to that of its gasoline-fed sibling. The non-diesel Focus ST features a holdover 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-banger developing 250bhp (184 kW) and 265 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque.
Cosmetic and engineering changes for all 2015 Ford Focus models include grill treatments reminiscent of classic Aston Martin models (think sixties James Bond), an improved steering system, new tires and wheels, and restyled bi-xenon headlamps that are part of an adaptive front lighting system. It's an impressive lineup in more ways than one, and the addition of a diesel-powered ST variant makes it more impressive still... unless, of course, if it debuts wearing an STD nameplate. (via Auto Express, World Car Fans, The Torque Report, and Carscoops)