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New Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch breaks cover at Geneva

The outgoing Fiesta ST is still renowned as one of the greatest hot hatches at any price, so much is expected of the all-new three-cylinder model that was seen in the flesh for the first time this week

Words by: First published: 7th March 2017
  • Hot hatch version of all-new Fiesta
  • Uses new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine
  • Price still to be announced
Hot on the heels of the all-new Fiesta range comes the range-topping model, the ST hot hatch, which was unveiled at the Geneva Show.

The new model will be powered by an all-new, three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, delivering 197bhp, 214lb ft of torque, and an expected 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds. That means it will be the first Ford Performance model to be powered by a three-cylinder engine.

The engine will also feature cylinder deactivation technology, which automatically stops fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the engine’s cylinders when full power is not needed. That could be when coasting, or cruising with light demand on the engine, for example, and will reduce CO2 emissions to an expected 114g/km

This new car will also be the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes, with drivers able to choose between Normal, Sport, and Track settings for the engine, steering, and stability controls.

The chosen Drive Mode will also adjust the noise of the exhaust, so in Sport and Track mode, you’ll get a more aggressive sound thanks to the Electronic Sound Enhancement Technology, and active exhaust noise control valve.
As we saw when the car was first unveiled last month, the ST will come in both three- and five-door bodies, but it will have its own unique look, with a race-car-inspired mesh grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. There will also be lots of scope for personalisation, too, while the cabin features supportive Recaro seats, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

Beyond that, there will also be plenty of options, including a variety of trim elements for the gear level, steering wheel and door pulls, and several distinctive styling packs.

Although the rest of the new Fiesta range will go on sale this spring, costing from £12,715, we’ll have to wait until next year to buy the ST; and, prices will only be announced nearer that time.

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