A few months after the unveiling of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta, here comes the hottest version of the popular B-Segment hatch, the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST.
This is actually just the third time Ford is offering the Fiesta ST. The new aesthetic bits here are subtle to say the least, beginning with the new 18-inch wheels, new headlights with LED DRLs, new front grille, redesigned fog lamps housing and new tail lamps. The new “Liquid Blue” is absolutely gorgeous. Inside, there’s Ford’s SYNC 3 as well as Bang & Olufsen PLAY Sound System.
The biggest news here is the new engine – a 1.5-litre three cylinder turbocharged (EcoBoost) engine that is actually considerably more powerful than the old 1.6-litre four-cylinder. It now deploys 197 hp and 290 Nm of torque, up 17 hp and 50 Nm over the old lump. It’s also 0.2 seconds quicker to the 100, completing the sprint in 6.7 seconds.
The engine also gets cylinder deactivation technology, drastically improving fuel consumption during the city run. Interestingly, there wasn’t any mention of the Overboost feature of the engine, one which previously gave the Fiesta ST a brief 17 hp and 50 Nm boost.
To the delight of many, the sole transmission here is a six-speed manual, delivering all that power to the front wheels. Making its debut is the Drive Mode, allowing a selection of three settings: Normal, Sport and Track. Each drive mode alters throttle, steering and ESC threshold.
The 2017 Ford Fiesta ST will be available for public viewing at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. All we’re asking is for it to come to Malaysia. That’s all we’re asking for!