New Ford Fiesta St Shapes up to Be a True Hot-Hatch Contender

2017 Ford Fiesta ST

This is the brand new Ford Fiesta ST and although it might slightly look like the previous model, it’s completely new underneath. It also happens to be quite the good looking little hatch.

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Speaking of the old Fiesta ST, a car that does just about everything you need it to without any extra fuzz. Unfortunately Ford didn’t bother offering the perky little hot hatch in the GCC, had it offered this besides the Titanium model I’m pretty sure it would sell in heaps.

Let’s talk about the new Ford Fiesta ST though, Ford decided to ditch the 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine in favour of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged unit that puts out 197-bhp and 214 lb-ft. Not much, but purists will love it.

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This means the new ST is similar to the outgoing Fiesta ST200 which hits 0-62 mph in 6.7 seconds. The three-cylinder pot belongs to the Ecoboost family and it also features cylinder deactivation which allow the car to run under two cylinders only during low rpms. You’ll never notice the deactivation process, since this is done so seamlessly to never affect performance.

The new Ford Fiesta ST is also available with a manual transmission and power is routed to the front wheels, but the big news comes in the driving mode selector.

The drive select system offers three modes for the steering, stability control, engine and engine noise (Via standard Electronic Sound Enhancement control). The modes include; Track, Sport and normal.

Comfort might be affected due to the new standard 18-inch alloys as opposed to the previous 17 inch rims on the old ST. The colorful Recaro bucket seats are still there though.

The interior is fancy to say to the least, with a wonderful flat-bottomed steering wheel, a touchscreen, B&O sound system and a simplistic driver focused design. The car could be customized to your liking and new exterior colors were added to freshen up the little hatch.

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