Not sure about a new shape, but they are dropping the ST1 and packing nearly all of the optional extras as standard fit into the ST3, I haven't heard about upping the power to 160 (Edit 260!)though, might be a dealer offered Mountune. It is going to come with black alloys as standard. I mentioned to a dealer the possibility posted elsewhere on the forum that including all optional extras in the top car might spell the end for the model. He said he would be very surprised if Ford ended Focus production to introduce a replacement model as it has been and remains a massively popular car across Europe. I suppose they could redesign the ST, but then it might not be a Focus
There will be a new Focus in 2011. No Matter how popular the current one is and disregarding the facelift the car is coming to 5 years old (6 years come 2011). Standard lifespan for a typical Ford these days. plus they are trying to make it a more universal model they can sell globally just like the new Fiesta.
From the 70's Ford cars got better and more power after time 39 years on and i think that what can Ford do now. I honestly cant see what will be next ST 170 - RS 212 - St 225 -RS 300? ST 260 this will be well more than 20,000. Besides why would you want a focus ST at 260 when you could get an RS.
Looking at the rest of the up and coming hot hach market, 260 bhp is about the norm (audi s3, mazda 3mps, megane R25, Golf R etc). I wouldn't be suprised if Ford drop the 2.5T volvo lump. Although its a fantastic engine with great character and sound, most competitors use a 2.0T unit now. Ford could make the same BHP but vastly improve mpg/CO2 to fit in with th Euro V rules.