Expected to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and in line with previous speculations, the ST drops the previous 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine for a brand new 1.5-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder developing 147 kW and 290 N.m of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.
No top speed was announced but Ford claims the ST will go from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the 1.6, with emissions, thanks to the engine featuring cylinder deactivation, dropping from 138 g/km to 114 g/km.
Up 13 kW and 50 N.m on the outgoing ST, the three-door only newcomer will feature a revised Torque Vectoring system, as well as a three driving modes (Normal, Sport and Track) for the first time. Incorporating a number of aesthetics features from the ST-Line, including new bumpers, rear diffuser and unique 18-inch alloy wheels, the ST also gains a new colour option dubbed Liquid Blue.
UK pricing is rumoured to start at around £19 000 (R308 123), although expected this to be higher when the ST bows on South African shores next year.