There’s not a lot of room here to definitively get Ford’s drift. But we do know they’re teasing a new ST model which will be headed for an official reveal at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show. Apart from that, Ford’s given few clues.
In the brief video, we see noted racing driver, former Stig, and stunt driver to the Hollywood elite, Ben Collins being walked by a Ford employee past a bay of cars that include the Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, and Mustang GT350R, wondering which one he’s tasked with driving on that day.
They stop, and his handler points to a new car that’s still kept under wraps, out of shot. The ST badge comes into view with the phrase ‘Stay Tuned’ placed there in post. The car itself is blue, very similar to the Nitrous Blue seen on the Focus RS - or is it their newer Liquid Blue.
With that, we’re slightly past halfway confident that Ford will be unveiling the all-new Focus hatch at the Detroit Motor Show, wherein the ST will be used as our first glimpse at the base car in much the same way that the first taste the world got of the 8th-generation Fiesta was the ST at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Ford has already teased the all-new fourth-generation Focus hatch before, and prior to that there have been folks spotting very near-production prototypes cars (even ones that are most definitely sportier ST or ST-Line variants) out in the real world.
All indications point to the next Focus having its debut in first quarter of 2018, and with this new teaser, our hopes (bets?) are that Detroit will be the venue for its outing, and it looks like it’ll emerge from skunkworks of Ford Performance.
Alternatives? Well they’re a lot less exciting: Fusion ST (since it’ll be unveiled in North America), Escape ST, Edge ST? Apart from that, we can’t really imagine the an ST variant working on any other model. Hopefully Ford hasn’t done the unthinkable and actually developed an EcoSport ST, answering a question literally nobody asked.