Looking to shake up the hot hatchback segment, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST will lose one cylinder from its engine and yet still produce nearly 200 horsepower as its takes the EcoBoost technology to the next level. The Fiesta ST, which makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine that develops 197 horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque. Ford said the output is good for 0-62 mph acceleration of 6.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous ST.

In addition to the switch to a 3-cylinder engine, the ST will also be the first in the Fiesta series to offer selectable Drive Modes that will have Normal, Sport and Track settings that alter throttle and suspension response. The car is slated to be launched early next year as 3- and 5-door hatchbacks and in addition to European sales, it’s also being considered for the U.S. market.

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Aggressive looks

Riding on 18-inch alloys, the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST has a more aggressive look and stance thanks to the larger wheel and tire package, a blacked-out mesh grille, prominent driving lights and rear hatch-mounted spoiler. The interior also boasts supportive Recaro sport seats, a competition-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel and a wide range of optional personalization items ranging from unique door pulls to gear lever trim.

Among the other features available with the Fiesta ST are Sync3 infotainment systems with touchscreens of up to 8 inches using pinch and swipe gestures, a Bang & Olufsen Play sound system as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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“Next generation Fiesta ST customers will benefit from innovations developed by Ford Performance for the Ford GT supercar and Focus RS hot hatchback including high power EcoBoost and Drive Mode technologies,” said David Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Working as one united Ford Performance team helps us better deliver our core fun-to-drive experience and democratize sophisticated performance enhancing features for every customer.”


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