I’ve got great news, Oversteer community! Ford recently introduced a 276-horsepower Ford Focus ST Wagon! This is a fantastic revelation for all those wagon loving folks out there, myself included. It’s practical, it comes with a 6-speed manual, and there’s even a track setting! I know, I know: you heard that Ford was moving away from passenger cars to focus on trucks and SUVs. But still, let’s indulge ourselves.
The ST trim on the Focus lineup dates back to 2005 and the second generation of the car. That model used a 5-cylinder turbocharged engine borrowed from Volvo to produce 225 hp. Our experience here in the U.S. has been a bit more limited. I hit you up with you some history regarding the ST that most people forget — and then, of course, we had the third generation 2.0-liter EcoBoost ST that most remember, largely because it just happened. I even owned one and dared to compare it to an E46 M3 (Watch Part 1 and Part 2 to see my thoughts). Suffice to say, it was a pretty awesome car and one that I still miss having in my driveway some days.
The new wagon, part of the fourth generation Focus lineup, sports a version of the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that’s good for 276 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. I’ve driven a handful of cars in various trims with this engine and it’s quite an entertaining mill. Those who are paying attention will notice that the Mustang delivers 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, so I imagine that you will have some room to tune your Focus ST Wagon back to its original spec. I can only assume that the engine was detuned because it retains the front-wheel-drive layout.
If you so desire, there is also a diesel engine offered in the Focus ST as well: a 2.0-liter turbo inline four rated at 187 hp and 295 lb-ft. So if diesel is your cup of tea, Ford has you covered. This isn’t their first diesel ST Wagon, though: they even made one based on the third generation Focus!
But I like this one better — and you can spec your new ST Wagon with a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring paddle shifters, or you can get yours the correct way, with a 6-speed manual. Yes, just like the Mustang, there’s even a track setting! It’s practical too, with 58 cu-ft. of storage, compared to 44.8 cu ft. in the hatchback version. Is there anything the Ford Focus ST Wagon can’t do?
Well, there is one thing. It can’t exist in a U.S. showroom.
Indeed, thanks to Ford’s cuts to its car lineup, we won’t be getting this thing here in the U.S. But, good news, we might get an ST version of the Escape and maybe even one for the baby Bronco! I know, I know — it’s not the same. But we can dream. Find a Ford Focus for sale