Ford’s New Fiesta ST Races Into Geneva; Do You Care That It Has Three Instead Of Four Cylinders?

Making its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford’s latest generation Fiesta ST uses a newly-developed three-cylinder unit, good for 200 PS (197 HP) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque.

Granted, it’s not like this new Fiesta ST would leave the old one in the dust in a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, but the 0.2 seconds between them is an improvement.

On paper, the new model is superior in just about every way to the one it replaces. It’s not just more powerful and a tad quicker, it’s also more fuel efficient, has more personalization options, and plenty of connectivity features to keep you busy when you’re not racing somebody at the lights.

While buyers will get to choose between 3 and 5-door body styles, the one they brought to Geneva is the 3-door, which looks about the same as the car from the official release, except for the exterior mirror covers which aren’t body-colored anymore.

Turning away from the exterior and moving inside, you’ll find Recaro seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, an 8″ display housing the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and even a B&O Play Sound system if you’re willing to check that box price-wise.

We’ll likely know more about how much the new Fiesta ST will cost closer to its launch date, scheduled for early 2018.


  • dufonrafal .

    200ps & 290Nm from a three cylinders? I’m impressed.

    And honestly, a 3 sound better than a 4.

    • Shtekeris

      I just cant accept that it has so much power and those funny small brakes.

  • Tinky-Winky

    At least 3-cylinder engine should sing better than 4-pot.

  • JimmyK

    Nah,it’s dull outside and inside.I vote for Yaris here.

    • Matt

      But the Yaris is…. a Yaris. An old one at that.

      • Six_Tymes

        pretty sure hes joking Matt

        • Matt

          Are you sure?

  • OdysseyTag

    Weren’t people rejoicing about the death of engine downsizing a couple of weeks back… No? Alright.

  • Six_Tymes

    like it, it looks refined. i bet its super fun to drive

  • smartacus

    Does anybody know the cubic displacement of the 1.5?
    is it like 1488 or something?

  • Arminius JP

    I think I do care about the odd number of cylinders. Not being an engineer I do not understand the issues but recall being told by those that do that the unevenness in the strains and stresses on the engine occassioned by the odd cycle make such engines less good than those with an even number of cylinders. I acknowledge that this Ford engine is “in line” and I expect Ford’s engineers have made it work fine but I would feel happier with four cylinders however irrational. 3 cylinders presumably have to work harder than four with consequent impact upon wear etc..

    • dhoosee

      i think that this will be ok. i owned two Audi 5-cylinders, and my wife currently drives a Volvo C30 turbo 5-cylinder with 98000 miles and its running great.

  • uS’gedlemba

    So much(less) for the interior photos 🙁 …it’s an awesome car!

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Nice looking car. Hope they bring the 2 door to the States. I think I read somewhere (Automotive News maybe) that the 3 pot will feature cylinder shutdown, going to a 2 cylinder under light load. I hope not.

  • Status

    For the automotive size queens, they’ll never accept anything less than 8 cylinders.

  • dhoosee

    i’ll take the three cylinder turbo, sure.

    HOPE that it has a nice sound and the the car is fun/exciting to toss around. Definitely on my top 4 list when i replace my car later this year. looking forward to driving it.

  • slappy76

    Ford’s experience with the 1.0l Ecoboost shows they know how to design a balanced engine. I’ll wait to see if the aftermarket is able to tune this 3 cylinder with more boost but I think the power is near its limits. I think 250-260hp may be the most you can safely push before you need to change engine internals. The exterior is very subdued and isn’t exciting to look at. Good if you are avoiding attention from law enforcement. Good if you’re trying to convince your reluctant wife this is a good family car.

    The dash looks much more refined and I love the panoramic roof. I hope that makes it to the US on the ST trims.

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