All-new 2018 Ford Fiesta ST revealed: specs, pictures and video

New Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch stars at Geneva with new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine plus all the latest Ford cabin tech.

Ford’s headline act at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is a new Fiesta ST hot hatch, based on the upcoming seventh generation version of the supermini – the current version of which is the most popular new car on sale in Britain.

With this new Fiesta ST, the biggest news is the shift to a new engine configuration – the hot Fiesta now uses a downsized three-cylinder turbo motor, but Ford claims it produces more power and more torque. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo is out, replaced by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo.

Ford’s headline act at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is a new Fiesta ST hot hatch, based on the upcoming seventh generation version of the supermini – the current version of which is the most popular new car on sale in Britain.

With this new Fiesta ST, the biggest news is the shift to a new engine configuration – the hot Fiesta now uses a downsized three-cylinder turbo motor, but Ford claims it produces more power and more torque. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo is out, replaced by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo.

Speaking to Auto Express last year, Ford’s head of small cars in Europe, Darren Palmer spoke up the prospects of a three-cylinder ST, calling the new engine “promising”.

“It’s a great engine – it sounds brilliant and there’s loads of torque when the turbo comes on boost”.

However, the improvement drive won’t just focus on what’s under the bonnet. According to Palmer, the European development team at the brand’s Lommel testing facility in Belgium has “obsessed over the car’s steering. They’ve fine-tuned the calibration to make sure it drives exactly how a Fiesta should”. Palmer told us Ford knows it’s got one of the most popular superminis and wants to build on the nameplate’s popularity, so it’s “going in hard with the new Fiesta”.

The seventh generation Fiesta is still based on Ford’s global B-car platform, but on top of the tweaks received by the standard car to improve grip, plus the new model’s wider track, the ST’s chassis has been further tuned by Ford Performance.

Like on the previous generation car, a torque-vectoring unit can step in to reduce understeer by braking the inside front wheel in corners, and the new Fiesta ST comes with three selectable driving modes – Normal, Sport and Track – altering traction control, throttle response, power steering and exhaust valve settings.

From launch the new Fiesta ST will be available in both three-door and five-door bodystyles. In terms of design, it cuts a close look to the standard new Fiesta in ST-line trim, but with a slightly more aggressive front bumper and grille, a painted rear diffuser, and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels. A new paint colour option, Liquid Blue, also appears.

In the new cabin, Ford promises greater levels of personalisation than before. Interior styling packs will be available, offering alternative trim and finishes on items around the cockpit. In terms of technology, the new Sync 3 infotainment system appears alongside touchscreen displays up to 8-inches in size. In tune with the car’s hot hatch image, Recaro sports seats with chunky side bolsters appear up front, and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel makes the cut.

Though the car has made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Ford won’t be launching the new Fiesta ST until early 2018. Order books should open at the end of the year though, and we expect a slight increase to around the £19,000 mark when it goes on sale.

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