2014 Ford Focus ST Getting Diesel Engine

A couple of weeks ago a new report surfaced claiming that Ford is planning to launch a new Ford Focus RS with 330 horsepower coming from a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Very interesting news indeed, but don't hold your breath for an RS, because it's very unlikely we'll see one in showrooms this year.
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However, it appears Ford is planning to roll out a new version of the Focus ST by the end of 2014. And it won't be an updated gasoline hot hatch, but one that's powered by a diesel engine. That's right, the Blue Oval is throwing in a competitor for the Volkswagen's Golf GTD.

The big news was revealed by Ford chief operation officer Mark Fields in Geneva, who said that the Focus ST diesel will be powered by a 2.0 TDCi engine with 182 bhp, exactly one horse more than the Golf GTD. The vehicle will get the same suspension and steering tune as the gasoline Focus ST and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in eight seconds (the Golf GTD needs 7.5 seconds to cover that).

No word on whether or not the diesel hot hatch will make it to the United States, but don't get your hopes up.

The ST diesel will be offered in Europe alongside the gasoline Focus ST, both the feature styling updates seen on the facelifted models introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week. The 247 bhp hot hatch will deliver improved fuel economy by about 7 percent and will arrive with a set of new wheels and an updates steering system.

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