If you, like me, are a little bit of a sucker for a fast estate – good news! Ford has recently announced that there will be a new generation of fast Ford estate, unveiling the 2019 Focus ST estate.
So what do you need to know?
Well, first of all, it’s red. Secondly, the new Focus ST Estate will cost just shy of £31,000 for the 2.0L EcoBlue diesel and £33,000 for the 2.3L EcoBoost petrol version. This puts it in direct competition with the Golf GTI which begs the question, would you really go for the Focus ST Estate over the smaller Golf GTI?
To answer that question, we have to look at things realistically. Yes, the Golf GTI may seem like the clear winner upon first glance, but if you take a step back and look at the purpose of the new ST estate. What Ford is providing here is a viable alternative to the generally boring and mundane Estate wagons of the mass European market. This is important for two reasons.
One, I can finally fit my dog in a sports car instead of him utterly ruining my recently cleaned floor mats. And secondly, it shows that Ford not only understands that there is actually a need for a fun, fast, practical Estate car – but that they haven’t lost their “why the hell not?” touch from the 70s and the 80s.
The sheer fact that this car even exists is a testament to Ford’s resistance to boring market trends and to stand up and still make something fun in this world of uncertainty for the combustion engine as a whole.
So what are the specs?
Well, we don’t know huge amounts yet – but we can safely assume that it won’t be too dissimilar to the latest Focus ST in terms of trim specifications and powerplants. The 2.3L EcoBoost version will boast a respectable 276bhp and even more surprisingly, a six-speed manual or a seven-speed autobox. It will also have an electronic limited-slip differential, rev-matching and selectable Drive Modes help blend track-day performance with everyday usability.
We can also assume the 0-60mph time on the ST Estate will be similar to that of its hatchback counterpart, being a little over six seconds. Top speed will be close to 155mph and of course, has an inline 4 engine.
All in all, we really look forward to seeing what the Ford Focus ST Estate has to offer when it hits the streets in the coming months. Hopefully, we can get our hands on it and give it a whirl in the local Tesco car-park.
— Liam Freeman (@LiamFreeman_) May 16, 2019