The next-generation of hot Fiesta and Focus models could arrive by 2020, but a Mondeo ST is unlikely

Ford Performance is starting work on the next-generation Fiesta and Focus ST now that the Focus RS is in production, but a hot version of the current Mondeo looks increasingly unlikely.

Focus RS chief engineer Tyrone Johnson told Autocar his next job was to start work on the replacements for the Fiesta and Focus STs.

Although Johnson wouldn’t discuss production dates, the new Focus and Fiesta are due in 2018-2019, suggesting launch dates for the ST versions of 2019-2020.

Johnson says both cars will have to retain their blend of accessible performance and everyday usability but will also have to evolve to deal with competition from new rivals.

Johnson was less encouraging about a Mondeo ST being engineered to rival the Audi S4/S6 and BMW M3/M5.

“It’s a pretty big car and the rivals are now offering around 500bhp. I think that’s a big ask for the Mondeo,” he said.

At around 1800kg and nearly 4.9 metres long, the Mondeo is closer in size to the BMW 5 Series than the 3 Series.

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“Making a fast Mondeo fit our HP2 category would be very difficult,” said Johnson.

Any Ford Performance model has to fit into one of three categories — HP1, HP2 and Elite — which Ford defines by strict performance and handling criteria.

The new GT is an Elite model, while the Focus RS and HP2 and the Fiesta/Focus ST are HP1s.

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10 June 2016
If we don't get a Mondeo St will we get the twin turbo V6 version that th Americans are about to get? One Ford seems to be a little one sided when it comes to the larger performance models. Wheres our 2.7 twin turbo Edge or Ranger with a Mustang engine (Raptor?) or Mustang GT350 etc etc - we get a Dacia Sandero competitor (KA+)

13 June 2016
mgbv8man wrote:

If we don't get a Mondeo St will we get the twin turbo V6 version that th Americans are about to get? One Ford seems to be a little one sided when it comes to the larger performance models. Wheres our 2.7 twin turbo Edge or Ranger with a Mustang engine (Raptor?) or Mustang GT350 etc etc - we get a Dacia Sandero competitor (KA+)

I think we won't get it. And the reason for it is very simple. Europeans just don't buy cars with such. engines. Bigger SUV (and especially pick-up) market is almost exclusively diesel only in Europe. Same goes for Mondeo Sport. Count how many Insignias OPC (or VXR in UK) you've seen recently and then compare the number to (more expensive) BMW 335i/340i or Audi S4. People just don't like buying "normal" brands for this money, they want premium.

10 June 2016
This man speaks the truth! ^^^

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