2022 Ford Focus ST facelift due in Australia next year

2022-ford-focus-st-facelift-due-in-australia-next-year

Ford’s rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI has received a mid-life facelift, as the rest of the Ford Focus small-car range bows out of Australia.


The facelifted 2022 Ford Focus ST hot hatch has been revealed in Europe ahead of Australian arrivals in the first half of next year.

Unveiled just weeks after photos of the updated Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch sibling were released, changes to the 2022 Ford Focus ST include updated styling and new safety and infotainment technology.



Power from the 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (206kW and 420Nm) remains the same, as no mechanical upgrades have been made.

Two variants of the updated hot hatch will be offered in Australia: a standard Focus ST with less equipment than today’s model, and a dearer, better-equipped ST X edition.

A new nose distinguishes the updated model, with a reshaped front fascia, a larger grille, a honeycomb mesh in the lower bumper, and slimmer headlights.

The standard, entry-level Focus ST will come with LED headlights; the range-topping ST X will gain ‘matrix’ LED headlights that bend around corners or blank out part of their beam so they don’t dazzle oncoming traffic.

A new set of 18-inch wheels are standard on the base ST, upgrading to 19-inch wheels on the ST X (the same design currently offered as standard on all Focus STs in Australia).

The tail-lights have a new LED signature with darker elements, while a new Mean Green paint hue is also available (shared with the Fiesta ST and Puma ST).



The current Focus ST’s 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen has been replaced by a new 13.2-inch landscape touchscreen, now running Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, satellite navigation with 3D maps and live traffic, connected services, and support for the FordPass phone app.

Climate control dials and switches have been swapped for digital controls integrated into the touchscreen, in line with the main rival to the Ford Focus ST, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster – introduced in Australia late last year – carries over from before.

Front passengers now sit in new ‘Performance’ sports seats, designed in-house by Ford Performance to replace the outgoing model’s Recaro buckets, and “given the seal of approval” by the Campaign for Healthier Backs in Europe, abbreviated to AGR (from its German name, Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.)

Trimmed in leather and suede (with red stitching), the new seats offer heating as standard, along with 14-way electric adjustment incorporating four-way lumbar support adjustment.

On the safety front, new features for the facelifted Focus ST include an upgraded blind-spot monitoring system – which can steer away from a collision, and operates up to 200km/h – along with intersection support for the autonomous emergency braking system, to avoid collisions if the vehicle turns across into an oncoming car’s path.



Those items join adaptive cruise control (with stop and go in automatic models), lane-centring assist, traffic-sign recognition, Rear Occupant Alert, and pedestrian, car and cyclist functionality for the autonomous emergency braking system.

Powering the 2022 Focus ST is a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine carried over from the outgoing car, developing 206kW and 420Nm.

It’s routed to the front wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters as standard – which accounted for approximately 70 per cent of sales of the current Focus ST – or, as a no-cost option, a six-speed manual.

An electronic limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers are standard across the range, with Australia’s Focus ST X incorporating a Track drive mode (with unique stability control and steering tuning) and the aforementioned 19-inch wheels.

The 2022 Ford Focus ST facelift will go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of 2022 (April to June inclusive).

Pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch, however increases are likely to account for the increased standard equipment levels. The current range is priced from $44,890 before on-road costs for the entry-level ST-1, and $47,990 before on-road costs for the limited-run ST-3.



Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

Read more about Alex Misoyannis