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Ford Focus ST 2022: Australian price and specs revealed

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

A fierce competitor for the Hyundai i30 N and Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatches, the fine-handling Focus ST is set to pack a punch for 2022


The Focus ST will return to Ford showrooms in 2022 as the sole remaining grade level in the facelifted fourth-generation Focus range, with ST-Line and Active variants now discontinued in Australia. 

Pricing will start at $47,490 before on-road costs for both automatic and manual versions of the standard Focus ST, and top out at $51,990 before on-road costs for the Focus ST X edition. 

There has been a price rise of $2600 on all Focus ST models for 2022. 

Ford Focus ST 2022 rear
While the rear looks the same as before, the front end has been revised

As part of its 2022 update, styling has been tweaked mainly at the front with the Focus now gaining a revised front grille that positions the Ford badge dead-centre, along with aggressively styled front headlights. New 10-spoke alloy wheel design also debut for 2022. 

Engines and performance

All Focus STs feature a 2.3-litre direct-injected ‘Ecoboost’ turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 206kW of power at 5500rpm and 420Nm of torque between 3000-4000rpm. 

Ford has installed anti-lag technology in the Focus ST that holds the throttle open when the driver lifts their foot off the accelerator, improving engine response. 

Ford Focus ST 2022 interior
New Ford Performance seats replace the Recaro items

An electronic limited-slip differential is standard on all Focus ST models, with the base ST available with both six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions. The range-topping ST X is offered only as an automatic. 

Standard specification

The 2022 Ford Focus ST comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, 14-way electric Ford Performance seats, LED headlights, a 13.2-inch infotainment display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-speaker B&O sound system, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ford Focus ST 2022 interior 2
Two large screens give the Focus plenty of interior presence

The ST X trim adds larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, head-up display, adaptive sports suspension, launch control and dynamic pixel LED headlights. 

Safety, warranty and servicing

When tested in 2018, the Ford Focus received a five-star ANCAP safety rating. 

The Focus ST comes standard with an array of safety features including AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera and front, front-side and curtain airbags. 

Ford Focus ST 2022
Sharper LED headlights and new grille are fresh for 2022

All Ford Focus ST models need to be serviced every 12 months or 15,000 kilometres, whichever happens first. 

In addition to the five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty, Ford offers capped-price servicing costing $299 for each of the first four services. 

Ford Focus ST 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • Focus ST auto: $47,490
  • Focus ST manual: $47,490
  • Focus ST X auto: $51,990