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REPORT: Next Ford Focus ST to get smaller more powerful heart


Having ditched the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine for a smaller 1.5-litre three-cylinder mill in the forthcoming Fiesta ST, a new report has alleged that Ford could possibly replace the current 2.0-litre EcoBoost unit in the Focus ST for a more powerful version of the existing 1.5-litre four-pot.

According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, the rumoured change comes in light of the publishing of real-word emissions figures set to be adopted in Europe from 2020, and could result in the engine producing in the region of 206 kW as opposed to the 2.0-litre’s 184 kW.

While it also claims that Ford is looking at twin-scroll turbocharging, direct injection and cylinder deactivation to obtain the reported output, the expected upshot would see the ST producing 118 kW per litre, more than the 110 kW per litre of the fire-breathing Focus RS.

More details are only expected to be revealed closer to the ST’s launch next year.

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