2015 Ford Focus ST ‘LZ’ on sale in Australia from $38,990

Ford Australia has announces local prices for the highly anticipated 2015 Ford Focus ST hot hatch. It comes with a fresh exterior design, updated interior, and various mechanical enhancements over the outgoing version.

2015 Ford Focus ST

Building on the already-excellent current ‘LW’ model Focus ST, the new ‘LZ’ version uses a re-tuned suspension system with new front springs, stiffer bushes, and revised damper rates for even sharper driving dynamics.

Under the bonnet the same 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder remains. It produces 184kW of power and 340Nm of torque, and up to 360Nm during overboost (full throttle for short bursts). The unit is matched to a six-speed manual as standard.

Inside, Ford has revised the dash design and layout for easier functionality. There’s an 8.0-inch touch-screen SYNC 2 interface sitting in a flatter and less-complicated fascia. The driver also gets a sporty gauge cluster including readouts for boost pressure and oil temp, and a new flat-bottom sports steering wheel to play with.

As for the exterior design, the 2015 ST builds on the LZ Focus update. At the front there’s slimmer headlights and a revised front grille, while at the back is a new diffuser system with twin hexagonal exhaust tips. In Australia the body will be available in a new dark grey colour called Stealth, as well Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black, Moondust Silver, and Race Red.

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Ford Australia will officially launch the new ST on May 1. Prices start at $38,990 excluding on-roads, meaning the hot hatch will be $700 dearer than the outgoing model. At this stage there are no plans for the 136kW/400Nm TDCi turbo-diesel ST to make it to Australia.

Buyers will be able to select from a Technology Pack option ($2000) which adds various safety systems including blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keeping aid.