The Next Generation Ford Fiesta ST has been Revealed
The next generation Ford Fiesta ST has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show with a new engine, new paint colour and new technology.
The new Fiesta ST is based on the eigth generation Ford Fiesta due to be released later this year. But, lovers of fast Fords will have to wait a little bit longer until the early part of 2018 to get behind the wheel of the hot hatch version. The new ST is marked out from the standard Fiesta range by its trademark spoiler, more substantial bumpers, flared wheel arches and unique mesh grille.
Which Engines will be Available?
The biggest change to the new Fiesta ST is the engine. The previous 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine is being replaced by a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbo lightweight engine. This marks the first time a Ford performance car has been powered by a 3-cylinder engine. Performance is improved with 17 more bhp to reach 197 bhp and 50Nm more torque to make a maximum of 290Nm. This ST can reach top speeds of 140 mph and race to 62 mph in only 6.7 seconds.
Even a hot hatch needs to think responsibly about the environment, so CO2 emissions in the new ST should be reduced from 138g/km to 114 g/km. There’s no official word on fuel economy either, but we can assume an improvement here due to the use of lightweight materials and new cylinder deactivation technology. With this technology when the load on the engine is light, one of the cylinders will shut down. When the load increases, this cylinder can come out of snooze mode in 14 millilseconds, which Ford claim is faster than the blink of an eye.
In another first for the Fiesta ST, there will be 3 driving modes available; normal, sport and track. Moving between these selections will affect differences in throttle response, traction control, exhaust valve setting and power steering. Handling has also been worked on with tweaks to the traction control system and torque vectoring control to make individual wheel braking a little faster.
Design and Technology
The Fiesta ST will be available in 3 or 5 doors with exclusive 18” alloy wheels and a new ‘Liquid Blue’ paint colour available. Inside the ST will come equipped with the new SYNC 3 infortainment system which can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures, Recaro sports seats and a flat bottomed steering wheel to complete the sporty feel.
Prices are expected to start somewhere in the region of £19,000.
As the winner of the UK’s Best Hot Hatch by WhatCar? For the fourth year running the new ST has a lot to live up to – What do you think of the new Ford Fiesta ST?
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9 March 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy