FORD has lifted the wraps on its next generation Fiesta ST hot hatch ahead of its global debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.
The souped up supermini, powered by a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine, will deliver a hefty 200PS of wallop and 0‑62mph acceleration of 6.7 seconds.
This third iteration of the popular fast Ford will be the first ever Ford Performance model powered by a three-cylinder engine, and the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes.
They enable the engine, steering and stability controls to be configured to Normal, Sport and Track settings for a more fun driving experience in just about all conditions.
And the car will come with an exhaust noise control valve to beef up the engine note.
Ford says the ST will also feature a cylinder deactivation system – an industry-first for a three-cylinder engine – to ensure reduced CO2 emissions of an anticipated 114g/km.
Available from launch in early 2018 in both three-door and five-door body styles, the Ford will be offered with a greater variety of interior trim and personalisation options than before, including a race car-inspired mesh grille and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior will feature Recaro sports seats plus a flat-bottomed steering wheel and exterior colour options will include a new Liquid Blue shade.
Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system will enable Fiesta ST drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones via voice commands.
Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SYNC 3 is supported by floating, tablet-inspired touchscreens – up to eight inches in size – that can be operated using pinch and swipe .
Buyers will also be offered a B&O PLAY Sound System for a high-end audio experience – among features Ford first announced last year for the next generation Fiesta.
Ford of Europe’s vice-president for product development Joe Bakaj said: “Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain.
“With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”