Ford teased us in past months with the Fiesta ST hot hatch, and a new report indicates the car has received a green light. Interestingly, Ford officials say otherwise.
In March, we reported that Ford would indeed be putting a Fiesta ST hot hatch into production. That was when the automaker showed off a production-ready car at the Geneva Motor Show following the lightly-disguised concepts shown at the Frankfurt and Los Angeles shows. Now, AutoGuide is reporting that the Fiesta ST has gotten the green light for our market as well.
When we called Ford, they told us the Fiesta ST had indeed been approved for the European market, but the decision had yet to be made for any other market – including North America.
Despite what Ford said, it's a pretty safe bet that the Fiesta ST will, eventually, make it to roads in various markets. The fact that the car was shown in Los Angeles as a five-door – a model that’s already sold in our market – suggests Ford’s intent on continuing its OneFord strategy with its smallest ST.
We know the subcompact hot hatch will use a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 tuned to 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, with power routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. When Ford revealed the production car in Geneva, it said that the smaller ST should be good for a run from 0 to 62 mph in less than seven seconds, and offer a top speed above 136 mph. A lower ride height, along with the same Torque Vectoring Control and three-mode stability control used on the Focus ST, will help put the power to the ground and keep the sportiest Fiesta planted through corners.
Visual updates for the Fiesta ST mirror those from the larger Focus ST – a gaping mesh grille, new side skirts, lower front and rear fascias, twin exhaust tips, and a larger rear spoiler. Inside, expect the Fiesta ST to offer the same superb Recaro seats as the Focus and plenty of metal trim bits.
Whether or not these amendments will make their way to the States still remains to be seen. So, until then, keep your fingers crossed, and voice your desire for a Fiesta ST in the comments field below.
Source: Ford, AutoGuide