Ford has revealed the first pictures of its new sporty Focus ST Estate, which will be offered with two powerful engines.
The sporty model acts as the range-topping Focus Estate, with buyers having the option between a powerful 276bhp 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and a 187bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine.
The petrol engine comes with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic transmission, with the diesel coming with the manual transmission only.
Ford’s ST models take up the middle ground between the standard Focus and the forthcoming RS version, which is expected to produce somewhere near 400bhp.
However, this new ST Wagon will be the fastest Focus Estate to date – with the petrol model able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 155mph. The diesel manages the sprint to 60mph in 7.5 seconds, and reaches 137mph.
The figures are only a fraction slower than the five-door hatchback version of the Focus ST, which was revealed in February.
Developed by Ford’s Performance division, the ST comes with sports technologies, such as an electronic limited-slip differential, rev matching and different drive modes that aim to offer accessible performance of drivers of all abilities.
The Focus ST is a subtle performance model, although it benefits from styling changes such as large 19-inch alloy wheels, unique paint colours Ford Performance Blue and Orange Fury, and a revised grille for better airflow. A larger roof spoiler, a twin-exit exhaust tailpipe and a more aggressive bodykit also come with the car.
There’s no practicality disadvantage over the standard Focus Estate, either, while the interior also comes with a sports steering wheel, embossed scuff plates, ebony-coloured Recaro seats and satin silver highlights.
As with the ST hatchback, the Estate will go on sale in the summer, with the diesel model priced from £30,595, and the hotter petrol option costing from £33,095.