This Is The 2018 Ford Fiesta ST, And It Has A 200 PS 1.5L Turbo With Cylinder Deactivation

With just a little over a week to go until the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Ford have officially unveiled the new generation Fiesta ST.

Building upon the regular versions, the hot hatch uses a newly-developed 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine that pushes out 200 PS (197 HP) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque, allowing it to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds, or 0.2sec faster than before.

Users can shift between three different driving modes: Normal, Sport and Track, which enable engine, steering and stability controls to be configured from motorway to track day condition.

Additionally, the new Fiesta ST also features what Ford claims to be an industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a 3-banger, which reduces fuel consumption in conditions where full capacity is not needed, and drops the CO2 emissions to an anticipated 114 g/km. This technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds, or 20 times faster than the blink of an eye.

Using a Ford Performance-tuned chassis, the brand’s answer to the Renault Clio RS, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa OPC/VXR and Volkswagen Polo GTI problems has a 3-mode ESC, which allows drivers to select between full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention, and full system deactivation.

Available in both 3- and 5-door body styles, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST comes with a distinctive exterior styling that helps it stand out over the regular models, and has a unique mesh grille, special bumpers on both ends, a roof-mounted spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels, with a different pattern.

Inside, the new B-segment hot hatch is offered with Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, but buyers will get to select between more personalization items than before, including a range of trim elements for the steering wheel, gear lever, door pulls, and decorative dashboard spear.

Taking center stage in the middle of the dashboard is the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which uses a floating-style up to 8-inch in size display, and comes with punch and swipe gestures, voice commands, navigation system and smartphone connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The car can also be had with a premium B&O Play Sound System.

Ford says that the new generation Fiesta ST will become available for launch in early 2018. Prices will likely be announced close to that date.


  • jit

    superb I love it!!
    Come on Ford release the new Fiesta on road already, the current gen is getting too old in the tooth,

    • Knotmyrealname

      Too right, I actually forgot the mainstream model had been ‘media-released’, it occurred so long ago. Are they competing with Honda and the NSX gestation?

      • jit

        I think its high time cars such as these be released asap, by 2025 there will be way less motor cars as per some future predictors, so never waste time Ford, these are the last years of smart petroleum motoring

  • SgtBeavis

    Not bad at all. I wonder if we might get the 3 door in the US this time around.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I wonder if they’ll even bring this here at all.

  • mattjelonek

    2018 launch for the U.K. and Europe or the US? U.K. and Europe should get this quicker, same with Australia and this new shape has been in the WRC for two rounds now since January!

  • Shtekeris

    A bit too normal for my taste, needs just a little longer spoiler and something.

    • Rick Alexander

      Perfect for the aftermarket!

  • Jason Miller

    Curious to see what the 5-door looks like, since that’s probably the only version the US will get.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      if we get it at all.

  • It is far from bad looking, even is good… But why does it look so much like the previous gen? So glad to see the 10 years old dash design go away (even if it looks very 208) and the hidious Sony radio.

    • Rick Alexander

      If it ain’t broke…

      • yes but it makes me look more at the Mazda 2. I had the chance to drive the previous ST on fun roads and scare myself. I should be excited by this new car… yet I’m not. I’m in the target.

  • Looks like a very sporty shoe.

    Anyway, cylinder deactivation on a 3-pot… I believe that’s a first.

  • Benjamin B.

    Thought Ford would use either the 1.0 EcoBoost or the 1.5 I4 EcoBoost. Rumors of a three banger were right, only with a .5 L larger engine. Hopefully this engine runs very good in normal driving conditions.

    • Kaisuke971

      I don’t think 200hp/l in a city car is a good idea, at least for now

  • Adam S (Dolby109)

    I’m a bit disappointed at the rather Honda-esque iteration of the new Fiesta.
    Smaller engine, zero increase in power, much more subtle styling.
    Hopefully it’s lighter so there will be at least some improvement.

  • smartacus

    197HP and 214 lb.ft from a 1.5 Triple is impressive.

    There are far worse engines out there.
    like i’m reading right now, the 2017 Compass is coming with a 180HP 175lb.ft 2.4 boat anchor.

  • Richard Houlton

    1.5 triple should sound much better than an inline 4. They sound like 6 cylinder engines. So a great car with even more character. A good thing.

  • Vassilis

    Good looking thing from the front! Nice engine.


  • Robert

    The best looking 3 door hatch on the market. Bravo Ford!

  • Six_Tymes

    want one, great for back and forth to work

  • Cobra Kai

    You know we will only get the dorky, kid-hauling, 5-door version here in the States, right?

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