Jul 16, 2012
Chris Salamone

Focus ST Grabs 32 MPG Per EPA

The shrewd folks in Dearborn seem to be batting 1000 lately, especially with regard to the company’s EcoBoosted lineup. Turns out the incoming 2013 Ford Focus ST is a good deal more fuel efficient than even hot hatch enthusiasts could have dreamed. The EPA estimates that the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost-equipped Focus ST will achieve 32 mpg highway, 23 mpg city and 26 mpg combined.

In case anyone is still interested in cross shopping, which seems sort of unnecessary at this point, that’s significantly better than the MazdaSpeed3 and slightly trumps the previous field-leader manual Volkswagen GTI.

“We’re putting the ‘power’ in the power of choice, again,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “This is just one more example of the ‘win-win’ in the Focus ST narrative. This kind of performance combined with these high levels of efficiency sets a new benchmark with this car.”

And a grand narrative it is. From the first generation, Ford has offered a wide lineup of Focus models – ranging from 3- and 5-door hatchbacks to sedans and even wagons. But every now and again, a sport-tuned Focus has entered the arena and delighted drivers young and old, perhaps none more so than the original Focus RS.

Now that Ford is onto a third generation Focus, the timing is ripe for the introduction of a performance-oriented model to come forth. And, luckily for us all, the incoming ST appears to have the goods…in all the right places.

Starting with a price tag below $30,000 and adding an already proven powertrain, dishing out 252 horses and 270 lb-ft of torque, the all-new Focus ST excited auto journos from the start. But now that we know the vehicle is capable of 32 miles per gallon, the reasons not to buy a Focus ST are starting to comprise an intolerably short list.

Of course, the down side to an incoming ST which meets all the economy, performance and affordability requirements of a ‘hot hatch’ is that Ford will have to throw some fairy dust and rub a few genie lamps to create the company’s rumored-to-be Focus RS.

Whispers speak of a possible 330 horsepower RS in the works, but until then we’ll have to be sated by the more environmentally responsible and daily-driver friendly Focus ST – which doesn’t sound like much of a compromise to us…

Source : Ford