The fourth-generation Ford Focus that was launched earlier in April this year will soon get a hotter version bearing the ST moniker, the 2019 Focus ST. This non-camouflaged prototype was spotted undergoing road tests in Colorado, US, and for the first time, we get a glimpse into the hot hatch’s interior.

The new ST was previously tipped to get an even more hardcore version of the Fiesta ST‘s 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine. The B-segmenter gets 197 hp and 290 Nm from the three-potter direct-injection unit, but word is the Focus ST could make north of that, at about 275 hp. A diesel variant is also reportedly in the works, seeing that it contributes about half of the Focus ST’s sales.

Expect the Focus ST to get larger wheels, deeper side skirts and a slightly more aggressive front and rear bumpers. Also on could be stiffer adaptive suspension, lower ride height and minor tweaks to the chassis for improved handling and agility.

Inside, the hot hatch is poised to get a short-throw six-speed manual transmission, padded Recaro sports bucket seats and a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel with the ST badge positioned within the lower spoke. Other features such as the odd freestanding infotainment display, dual-zone climate control and electric parking brake are all defaults with the Mk4.

Like the outgoing model, Ford could also be offering the Focus ST in the traditional five-door hatch and estate body styles. Since the Mk4 Focus’ launch, the ST-Line variant quickly became the range’s best-selling model, proving to be more popular than the Vignale model.