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The US automaker is just about ready to introduce the fourth generation Focus compact car after previously focusing on the new Ka+ and the top-selling subcompact Fiesta.

With the Focus Mk4 on the line, Ford is naturally coming out with all bells and whistles – and the rumor mill is mostly interested in the performance ST version. According to the latest report, the hotter version will use a very high tech 1.5-litre turbo gasoline engine, and all versions will already be on sale late in 2018. As per the current version, the sporty ST version will be derived as a petrol or diesel car, with the highest spec being the 275 bhp version for the gasoline. Details about the ST are still few, but it seems they will follow soon after the regular five-door and estate versions hit the dealerships.

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While the Vignale versions are focusing on premium aspects, the ST remain hugely popular thanks to their formula of affordable and accessible performance, combined with everyday use capabilities. The new generation is coming with a huge novelty – if rumors are true than Ford will downsize the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and petrol units in order to cope with the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test and the 2021 average fleet CO2 standard of 95g/km, coming soon after the next generation Focus arrives on the market.

Via Autocar