Ford has updated the Fiesta lineup for European markets with subtle styling revisions, onboard technology, and a 10% peak torque boost for the Fiesta ST. Ford is yet to share the pricing and sale date, but in the meantime, we can take a look at the car itself.
Styling revisions are rather subtle as mentioned, but noticeable. The bonnet has been tweaked in a way that it kinda increases the height of the nose, and the upper grille is slightly larger. Also, notice that the blue oval badge now sits within the grille as opposed to on the bonnet lip in the outgoing model. New LED headlights come standard, while Matrix LED units are available in the options list. LEDs for taillights are also optionally available.
Seven new alloy wheel designs are available, in addition to two new exterior colors: Boundless Blue and Beautiful Berry. The optional Vignale packs for Titanium, ST-Line and Active trims include exclusive 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, premium Sensico seat materials and matte carbon-effect interior decorative elements, depending on the variant.
The Fiesta ST hot hatch gets a new Mean Green exterior paint. The upper grille, the side vent inserts and the rear diffuser insert are finished in Chrystaline Grey, while the front lip spoiler is in black, and the side skirts and the rear hatch spoiler are retained in body color. Standard 17-inch or optional 18‑inch alloy wheels feature a dark Magnetite finish. And yes, Matrix LED headlights come standard.
Inside, the ST features new Performance Seats that are claimed to offer even greater support during spirited driving. The driver’s seat features 14-way adjustability. Other updates across the lineup include a 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster and the addition of Wrong Way Alert to the suite of advanced driver assistance systems. A 10-speaker B&O sound system can also be found in the options list.
As for the powertrains, a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, and is available with 92 kW (125 metric hp) and 114 kW (155 metric hp) outputs, combined with a 6-speed manual transmission. WLTP fuel efficiency of 4.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 111 g/km2 represent a 5% improvement compared with a non-hybrid 125 metric hp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, with savings of up to 10% in city driving scenarios, according to Ford data. The 125 metric hp variant is also available with a 7-speed DCT. A 74 kW (100 metric hp) 1.0-litre EcoBoost variant is also available.
The Fiesta ST packs a 1.5L 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that pumps out 147 kW (200 metric hp) at 6,000 rpm and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque from 1,600 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The torque is up by 30 Nm (22 lb-ft). Transmission is a 6-speed manual. In addition to Normal and Sport modes, the new Fiesta ST also features a Track mode which disables traction control and sets ESC to wide-slip mode for circuit driving.
Patented, cold-formed force vectoring springs and Tenneco twin-tube front dampers provide the Fiesta ST with sharp turn-in and high levels of body control, while an optional Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential delivers enhanced traction and cornering agility, Ford said.