Ford has lastly unveiled the next-generation Focus ST scorching hatch, and it sounds depraved. It makes extra energy and torque than the outdated one at 276 horses and 310 pound-feet of twist. It has a twin-scroll turbo with an anti-lag system that ought to present unbelievable throttle response and hold the enhance up, and it even will get an electronically managed mechanical differential on some fashions. This all makes it extra painful that Ford will not convey any Focus variants to America, even cancelling the Energetic mannequin. However there could also be a approach for us to get one thing comparable and enjoyable: Ford must make an Escape ST.
OK, perhaps Ford does not must make one, nevertheless it ought to. With its automobile traces drying up together with any related sporty fashions, it might lose some credibility, in addition to gross sales, from fans. Ford might additionally use an entry-level ST mannequin under the Edge ST, which, at a beginning value over $40,000, is not precisely low-cost.
Apart from all that, an Escape ST should not be too exhausting to make a actuality. The brand new Ford Escape will most likely be based mostly on the identical platform because the all-new Ford Focus, simply as the present fashions share one. As such, the Focus ST drivetrain would most likely match simply. Ford would not should do the rest to it to make it satisfying, both. We already established it makes extra energy and torque than the outdated Focus ST, and it will get a greater differential. Simply so long as there’s nonetheless a handbook choice, which ought to be doable, we’ll be very happy.
Granted, an engine and transmission would not be sufficient. Ford must replace the suspension and brakes, however that is the straightforward stuff. Add some stiffer springs and shocks, perhaps even the Focus ST’s fancy adaptive dampers, decrease it and name it a day. And remember a bit visible panache within the type of darkish grilles, wheels and purple ST badges.
That is all of the naked minimal Ford would want to have a stellar Escape ST, however we’ve got an thought that may even win over the crossover haters: Give it all-wheel drive. Even when we do not know an entire lot concerning the new Escape, we all know it should have some sort of all-wheel-drive system merely to be aggressive within the phase. Not solely that, however we all know Ford has been capable of make all-wheel-drive programs that might address energy just like the Focus ST. The present Escape is obtainable with a 2.Zero-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, so combining the brand new ST engine with an identical setup ought to be doable. Doing so would give the Escape ST one thing distinctive and arguably higher than the Focus ST. Plus an AWD setup would assist preserve the car’s crossover picture.
So, we have put collectively what could possibly be a reasonably candy crossover that appears to be doable, however is there any probability Ford would make it? We expect there is a strong probability. It will bolster the ST model’s picture and provides consumers a less expensive entry level to ST crossovers. It will even be a novel product, as nobody else affords an unabashedly sporty crossover this measurement. And by making an ST out of the Escape, any additional engineering prices are partly offset by the gross sales of plain variations.
What do you say, Ford? Are you able to make our second-choice goals come true?