We’ve been speculating for months about a performance-focused version of the Ford Focus coming to America. Ever since Ford lifted the veil on the sharp looking 2012 Focus, we’ve all been thinking the same thing - EcoBoost. The tiny four-pot engine would be the perfect fit for a global, performance Focus, but Ford has been mum on the subject until now.

Amidst announcements that the Euro-Focus will be the first Focus to get the EcoBoost engines, Inside Line reports that Ford confirmed they are working on a global performance version of the Focus.

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The global performance nomenclature comes from Ford’s “One Ford” global sales strategy. With an eye on cutting down manufacturing costs for cars across borders, the One Ford strategy hopes to sell very similar cars in different countries as Ford expands its brand globally. Ford recently appointed Jost Capito as head of its global performance brands, and he announced his intention to unite the brands like RS, FPV, and SVT, while allowing them to maintain their own unique images.

Does this finally open the door for an American version of the Euro-only Focus RS? The 300 horsepower hatchback has caused quite a stir here in America. But with a new Focus platform coming out next year, we don’t know if it will get the 240 horsepower EcoBoost four cylinder, or something a little more tuned up. Will it stay front-wheel drive, or make the jump to all-wheel drive? Ford is going to up-market the Focus, allowing the Fiesta a chance to thrive in the under $20,000 market. The Titanium trim level for the Focus is over $25,000, and the Focus RS costs over $50,000. For a Focus!

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