2015 Ford Focus ST TDCi First Look
A new 64-plus-mpg diesel sports car with 295 lb-ft of torque
The new 2015 Ford Focus ST debuted at the Goodwood
Festival of Speed in the U.K. and grabbed our attention with a new diesel version of the popular sports car. The Focus ST TDCi will be the most fuel-efficient Ford performance car ever built with its Prius-shaming rating of 64.2 mpg. Along with that efficiency, it will also have the lowest CO2 output of any Ford sports car. This performance and pollution prevention is thanks to a new-and-improved, clean-running, 2.0L inline four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. As Vice President of Product Development, Ford of Europe, Joe Bakaj put it, “With the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own.”
The 2015 Focus ST TDCi comes with a new version of Ford’s European 2.0L TDCi inline four-cylinder engine that’s tuned to make an impressive 182 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough grunt to push the ST from 0 to 62 mph in just 8.1 seconds and to reach a top speed of 135 mph. The engine has been optimized to create 23 percent more power than the 2.0L diesel engine used in the standard version of the Focus, which makes just 148 hp.
Those gains were achieved with engine programming, a revised air intake system, and a sport-tuned exhaust. Auto start-stop technology is used to keep the engine from running at stoplights and other 0-mph situations, while a manual transmission helps minimize drivetrain loss to achieve the 64.2-mpg rating. The six-speed manual transmission has a short-throw shifter geared specifically for the high-output diesel engine to help it deliver quick acceleration in the lower gears and comfortable cruising at higher speeds.
"With the choice of diesel power for the first time, the new Focus ST is in a class of its own. — Joe Bakaj, vice president of product development, Ford of Europe"
Sports Car DNA
The Focus ST model was first introduced in 2002 and was instantly popular with fans of compact sport cars. Now, more than 140,000 units have been sold in 40 countries around the world. For the new 2015 model, Ford made a number of changes to improve the handling of the ST. Ford says a new chassis control technology, retuned suspension, and revised steering dynamics make the ST “more responsive, balanced, and refined.” The suspension features all-new front springs, sportier tuning in the front and rear shocks, and antiroll bars and rear springs that are unique to the ST.
The calibration of the electric power steering system and the vehicle control systems have also been revised for 2015. A new Electronic Transitional Stability function has been added to the three-stage Electronic Stability Program. It uses sensors to measure the vehicle stability and driver inputs to help keep the vehicle under control during changes of direction at high speeds. The Electronic Torque Vectoring Control settings have also been revised to help maximize grip by limiting traction loss while cornering.
The 2015 ST is also getting new safety features, including Cross Traffic Alert (which warns drivers of vehicles about to cross their path) and Lane Keeping Aid (which applies steering torque to guide the Focus ST back into its lane if drifting is detected). An Advanced City Stop collision avoidance system works at up to 31 mph and will ready the brakes if a potential impact is detected and automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond in time. A high-tech Adaptive Front Lighting system will be available for the first time in the Focus ST and will adjust the intensity and angle of the HID headlamps according to vehicle speed, steering angle, and distance to objects.
Looking Good Inside and Out
The ST model is set apart from the standard Focus with a “muscular” body kit with a lower, wider stance; a new hood design; a honeycomb upper grille; body-colored side skirts; a rear roof spoiler; and diffuser elements above the twin-hexagonal center tailpipes. The ST trim also has slimmer headlamps with black bezels and new rectangular foglamps to make it stand out. For the 2015 model, a dark gray paint color called Stealth is exclusive to the ST. New 19-inch ST Design alloy wheels are optional, and low-profile 235/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport summer tires now come with the Focus ST.
The cockpit-style cabin of the 2015 Focus has a more simple interior design with fewer buttons for a clean and uncluttered look. Special interior features include a performance steering wheel with a flat base and “soft-feel” leather, a sport shifter with a satin chrome knob, ST-specific pedals, satin chrome door handles, and illuminated aluminum scuff plates in the doorframes. Ford and Recaro worked together to design the sport seats with large side bolsters and integrated headrests in the front and rear. The seats are available in cloth, cloth with colored leather inserts (Tangerine Scream, Performance Blue, Smoke Storm, or Race Red), or full leather upholstery in Charcoal Black with white stitching and embroidery with “ST” and “Recaro” logos.
Not for Sale?
Unfortunately, like many other diesel cars sold overseas, there are currently no plans to sell the 2015 Ford Focus ST TDCi in the U.S. Pricing has not yet been announced, but customers in Europe will be able to place orders starting this fall. We always like to hold out hope that fun diesels will make their way to the U.S., so if you’re interested in buying a 2015 Ford Focus ST TDCi, it probably can’t hurt for you to let Ford know through social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
|2015 Ford Focus ST TDCi Specifications|
|Vehicle Assembly:||Wayne, Michigan|
|Engine:||2.0L inline four-cylinder|
|Engine Assembly:||Valencia, Spain|
|Power Output:||182 hp at 3,500 rpm|
|Torque Output:||295 lb-ft at 2,000 to 2,750 rpm|
|Emissions:||114 g/km CO2|
|Fuel Economy:||64.2 mpg|
|50-75 mph:||9.7 seconds|
|0-62 mph:||8.1 seconds|
|Top Speed:||135 mph|
|Front Suspension:||Independent MacPherson strut|
|Rear Suspension:||Independent short and long arm|
|Front Brakes:||12.6 inches|
|Rear Brakes:||10.6 inches|
|Tires:||235/40YR18 Goodyear F1|
|Optional Wheels:||19-inch aluminum|
|Optional Tires:||235/35ZR19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport|
|Turning Circle:||39.4 feet|
|Dimensions and Capacities|
|Front Track:||61.2 inches|
|Rear Track:||60.4 inches|
|Seating Capacity:||5 people|
|Front Headroom:||39.1 inches|
|Front Hip Room:||53.9 inches|
|Front Legroom:||43.1 inches|
|Front Shoulder Room:||55.6 inches|
|Rear Headroom:||37.9 inches|
|Rear Legroom:||33.4 inches|
|Rear Shoulder Room:||52.6 inches|
|Cargo Volume:||23.8 cubic feet behind 2nd row/ 44.8 cubic feet behind 1st row (hatchback)|
|Fuel Capacity:||12.4 gallons|
|Curb Weight:||3,228 pounds (hatchback)|
|Curb Weight:||3,280 pounds (sedan)|