Ford’s hottest hatch is getting a bit more premium… for a limited few.

    The 2021 Ford Focus ST-3 has been revealed for Australia. Just 200 will be offered, all with a seven-speed automatic transmission.

    Pricing starts at $47,990 before on-road costs, with prestige paint a $650 option.

    The updated ST-1 and ST-3 will be here late in 2021.

    The standard Focus ST is priced at $44,690 before on-road costs, with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.

    Many of the features in the ST-3 were previously standard in the ST, which lost blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated seats and a 10-speaker sound system as part of its 2021 model year update.

    Blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert will again be standard across the ST range, including on the ST-3, from later this year.

    New for the ST in Australia is the lighting system, which uses a camera to read the road ahead and actively steer the beam for upcoming bends.

    Unique standard equipment in the ST-3 includes:

    • Advanced Front Lighting headlights with cornering
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • 10-speaker B&O Play sound system with subwoofer
    • Head-up display
    • Heated front seats
    • Power front seats with power-adjustable lumbar

    Power still comes from a 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine with 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque, sent exclusively to the front wheels.

    Carryover equipment from the wider Focus ST line-up includes:

    • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • FordPass Connect
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
    • Adaptive suspension
    • 19-inch alloy wheels
    • Recaro sports seats
    • Electronic limited-slip differential
    • Dual exhaust outlets
    • Unique ST styling elements including a large rear spoiler, unique bumpers and side skirts
    • Metallic pedals
    • Multi-colour ambient lighting
    • Wireless phone charging
    • LED front fog lights
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Automatic headlights and high-beam
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Dual-zone climate control
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
    • Paddle shifters
    • Electrochromatic rear-view mirror

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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