After culling the non-ST Focus range for the 2022 model year, Ford’s small hatch staple will now only be available in performance ST and new ST X trims.
Based on the facelifted Focus, this model receives redesigned bumpers, a larger grille and restyled headlights with a new daytime running light signature.
This update also brings a price rise of $2600 to the ST models, with the range now opening at $47,490 before on-road costs for both the manual and automatic variants.
Somewhat justifying this price rise is the re-introduction of blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system which were removed for the 2021 model year Focus ST.
There’s a new ST X trim at the top-of-the-range which bears some similarities to the limited-edition ST-3 and is designed to be a more premium option with dynamic pixel LED headlights, and panoramic sunroof, among other upgrades.
This model is only available in automatic form and is priced at $51,990 before on-road costs.
Both models now receive a 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Ford’s latest Sync 4 software and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It also ditches the Recaro seats from the previous Focus ST and replaces them with a set of Ford Performance front seats with 14-way power adjustment for both driver and front passenger.
Ford has also allowed owners to pair with their Focus ST using the FordPass Connect system that allows them to remotely operate door lock/unlock, vehicle locator, remote start with cabin pre-conditioning, as well as check their vehicle’s fuel level, alarm status, and tyre pressures.
These 2022 model year Ford Focus ST models will arrive Down Under in the second quarter of 2022.
- 2022 Ford Focus ST manual: $47,490
- 2022 Ford Focus ST automatic: $47,490
- 2022 Ford Focus ST X automatic: $51,990
All prices exclude on-road costs
The 2022 Ford Focus ST is still powered by a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 206kW of power and 420Nm of torque.
This is sent to the front wheels only through either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Ford Focus ST consumes 8.1L/100km with the manual transmission and 8.8L/100km with the automatic.
All 2022 Ford Focus ST models have a 52L fuel tank and require a minimum of 95 RON premium unleaded petrol.
The 2022 Ford Focus ST measures 4393mm long, 1825mm wide and 1438mm tall, with a 2700mm wheelbase.
Boot capacity is 273L with the rear seats upright.
All 2022 Ford Focus ST models require servicing every 12 months or 15,000kms, which ever comes first.
In addition to its five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty, Ford is offering four years of capped-price servicing for the Focus ST. The first four services are priced at $299.
When the Ford Focus was tested by ANCAP in 2019, it received a rating of five stars.
That rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 96 per cent, child occupant protection of 87 per cent, pedestrian protection of 72 per cent and safety assist of 72 per cent.
All 2022 Ford Focus ST models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward-collision warning and pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Lane-keeping assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Intelligent speed assistance with traffic sign recognition
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Intersection assist
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Rear-view camera
- Seat belt reminders for all seats
- Anti-lock brakes
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
The 2022 Ford Focus ST comes standard with the following:
- 18-inch ‘magnetite matte’ alloy wheels
- 14-way powered Ford Performance sports seats
- Front heated seats
- LED headlights
- 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- DAB+ digital radio
- Satellite navigation
- Wireless charging pad
- 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- FordPass Connect app connectivity
- Electronic limited-slip differential (e-LSD)
- Adaptive cruise control with lane centring (manual only)
- Adaptive cruise control with stop & go and lane centring (automatic only)
- LED ambient lightning
- Dual-zone climate control
- Electronic park brake
- Keyless entry and start
Stepping up to the top-of-the-range ST X trim adds:
- 19-inch ‘magnetite matte’ alloy wheels
- Panoramic sunroof
- Dynamic pixel LED headlights with auto high-beam
- Heads-up display (HUD)
- Adaptive sports suspension
- Sunglasses holder
- Launch control
The 2022 Ford Focus ST range is available in the following colours:
- Frozen White
- Race Red
- Mean Green
- Magnetic Grey
- Fantastic Red
- Agate Black
Every colour except for Frozen White and Race Red costs an additional $650.
Regular Focus ST models come standard with a black-painted roof with matching black side-mirror caps, whereas ST X models have a body-coloured roof and side-mirror caps.
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