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Ford Focus ST with intelligent automatic transmission goes on sale

The Ford Focus ST is now available to order with a new seven-speed intelligent automatic transmission on EcoBoost petrol variants.

Focus ST builds on a successful first year on sale, with more than 2,000 (2019) examples sold since June 2019 and then going onto be crowned ‘Hot Hatch of the Year’ by Top Gear Magazine in the Autumn and again at the Scottish Car of the Year awards in December.

Now Focus ST gains a seven-speed automatic transmission, available on petrol variants of both five-door and estate bodystyles, opening the Ford ST experience to new customers and to those who prefer a choice of transmission when deliveries start in July.

This derivative uses a rotary gear selector and features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to select gears manually. Like manual versions of Focus ST, a dedicated “Sport” button on the flat-bottomed steering wheel gives direct access to Sport mode, and an additional “Mode” button allows drivers to quickly scroll through the Drive Mode options.

Its seven-speed automatic gear differentiation maximises flexibility, and Adaptive Shift Scheduling alters gearshift timings depending on different driving styles, optimising performance for road or track.

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost all-aluminium engine is the most powerful ever offered for a Focus ST, using advanced turbocharging technology to deliver 280PS power at 5,500rpm and 420Nm of torque from 3,000rpm to 4,000rpm.

Prices for the Focus ST start at £30,575 for the five-door, EcoBlue diesel model and £31,975 for the estate, while EcoBoost petrol prices start at £33,260 and £34,660 for the five-door and estate, respectively.

Opting for the seven-speed automatic transmission carries a £1,450 premium over manual models, with the five-door hatchback costing from £34,710 and the estate from £36,110.