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12th April, 2015

  • New chassis control technologies combined with a re-tuned suspension
  • SYNC connectivity system with high-resolution 8-inch colour touch screen
  • New driver assistance Technology Pack available as an option

Ford has announced pricing* for the 2015 LZ series Focus ST hatch. The Focus ST comes with a number of new and revised features designed to position it in the small car performance segment. The Focus ST will have a Manufacturers List Price* (MLP*) of $38,990* when it goes on sale from 1st May 2015.

Visually, the LZ Focus ST features sportier styling. It has a lower, wider stance with a new dynamically sculpted bonnet, slimmer headlamps and new rectangular fog lamps.

In keeping with its performance image, the Focus ST sports bodykit also includes body-coloured side skirts and diffuser elements either side of the twin hexagonal centre exhausts and a rear roof spoiler optimised for aerodynamic performance.

A new dark grey exterior paint colour called Stealth has been introduced exclusively to the LZ series Focus ST. Deep Impact Blue also is new to the range that also includes Tangerine Scream, Frozen White, Panther Black, Moondust Silver and Race Red.

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The new Ford Focus ST model is the most advanced Focus ST yet and offers new chassis control technologies, tuned suspension and steering that ensure a more responsive, balanced and refined driving experience.

Auto-Start-Stop is offered for the first time, improving the fuel efficiency and helping make it the most fuel-efficient petrol Focus ST ever with a combined fuel efficiency rating of 7.3 l/100km.

The LZ Focus ST also will benefit from technology and craftsmanship improvements with the sporty and aggressive car offering leading driver assistance technologies and connectivity features.

LZ Focus ST builds on Focus ST’s established reputation as a versatile and great-to-drive vehicle offering the latest in technology, comfort and styling. The LZ Focus ST receives a fresh look to emphasise the kinetic design signatures while also incorporating new technologies.

Refined Cabin Lay out

Ford has redesigned the Focus ST interior for a more intuitive lay-out that is also simpler, with a clearer visual connection between the key components and significantly fewer buttons in the cabin.

An additional bank of three gauges – an ST hallmark – is situated on the instrument binnacle and displays turbocharger boost pressure, oil temperature and oil pressure information. A new, flat-base sports steering wheel with a soft-feel leather covered rim; a satin chrome-topped gear lever; and ST pedals deliver the interior that suits many drivers.

Satin chrome door grab handles and illuminated aluminium scuff plates add extra touches of refinement, and sports seats developed jointly by Ford and Recaro provide the support required to fully enjoy the ST driving experience, and also are comfortable for every day driving.

Enhanced Driving Dynamics

Ford Team RS, the European arm of Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle Group, made improving the entire driving experience the number one objective for the LZ series Focus ST.

The sports suspension features all-new front springs and sportier new shock absorber tuning front and rear, with stiffer suspension bushes on the front lower control arm and rear spring links. In combination with the model-specific anti-roll bars and rear springs from the previous generation ST, these enhancements deliver an even sharper dynamic performance.

The calibration of the Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) and electronic vehicle control systems also has been revised to meet the specific sporting requirements of the Focus ST.

Key innovations include the Enhanced Transitional Stability (ETS) system as part of the vehicle’s advanced Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. ETS is designed to sense vehicle stability and driver inputs, predict when a skid or loss of control might occur, and intervene as required using individual wheel braking to maintain optimal precision and control during rapid changes of direction at speed – for example in a lane-change situation.

Advance Technologies

Driver assistance, convenience and connectivity technologies that will be introduced for the first time on Focus ST include Ford’s SYNC™ connectivity system.

SYNC™ offers access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones using voice control and a high-definition, 8-inch colour touchscreen that displays the ST logo on start-up.

Adaptive Front Lighting, available for the first time on the LZ Focus ST, adjusts the intensity and angle of the Bi-Xenon HID headlamp beams according to vehicle speed, steering angle and distance to objects to provide optimal illumination. Focus ST customers will also be able to specify the optional Technology Pack, which features a host of driver aids.

The Technology Pack (Optional) features:

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  • Active City Stop (ACS)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BLIS)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Lane Keeping Aid (LKA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Driver Impairment Monitor (DIM)
  • Auto High Beam Headlamps (AHB)

Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a new addition for LZ Focus ST, and warns drivers reversing from parking spaces if it detects other vehicles are about to cross their path.

Ford's enhanced Active City Stop, designed to avoid or minimise the severity of a collision - is now operative at speeds of up to 50 km/h; readies the brakes if a potential impact is detected and - if the driver does not respond - will automatically apply the brakes.

2015 Focus ST Highlights

  • 184 kW/340 Nm 2.0-litre GTDi EcoBoost engine (360 Nm with overboost)
  • 6-speed Durashift manual transmission (standard)


  • New colour 18" alloy wheels (8"x18")
  • Red Front and Rear Brake Callipers
  • Now 7 exterior colours - Tangerine Scream, Stealth (grey) - New for LZ Focus ST, Race Red, Frozen White, Moondust Silver, Panther Black, Deep Impact Blue


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  • Partial leather sports seats - Recaro branded
  • Ford MyKey
  • Ford SYNC with 8" colour touch screen
  • Illuminated ST branded scuff plates
  • Ambient Lighting

Ford Focus ST (LZ) price*

2.0-litre manual hatch $38,990*


Prestige Paint $450*
Technology Pack $2,000*


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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