Next gen Ford Fiesta ST debuts

2017-03-09 06:00
The FordFiesta ST.Photo:supplied

The FordFiesta ST.Photo:supplied

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FORD Performance revealed the next generation Ford Fiesta ST, powered by an all-new three-cylinder, 1,5-litre EcoBoost engine.

Shown for the first time ahead of its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the next generation Fiesta ST will deliver 200 PS, 290 Nm of torque, and anticipated 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6,7 seconds.

The third generation of Fiesta ST will be the first Ford Performance model powered by a three-cylinder engine, and will be the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes, enabling engine, steering and stability controls to be configured to Normal, Sport and Track settings for an optimised fun-to-drive experience in conditions ranging from motorways to track days.

The Drive Modes will also adjust Fiesta ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and the active exhaust noise control valve to deliver an even more satisfying driving experience.

Available from launch in early 2018 in both three-door and five-door models, the next generation Fiesta ST will be offered with a greater variety of interior trim and personalisation options than before, with bold and distinctive exterior styling that includes a unique racingcar inspired mesh grille and exclusive 18 inch alloy wheels.

“Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, product development, Ford of Europe.

“With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”

As part of Ford’s EcoBoost range of petrol engines, which includes the multi-award winning 1,0 litre EcoBoost, the all-new 1,5-litre EcoBoost engine uses technology including turbo-charging, high-pressure fuel injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing to deliver optimised performance and fuel efficiency.

Ford’s new cylinder deactivation technology — first announced for the 1,0-litre EcoBoost engine and a world first for a three-cylinder engine — will further improve fuel efficiency for Fiesta ST customers without affecting performance by automatically stopping fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the engine’s cylinders in conditions where full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. The technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds — 20 times faster than the blink of an eye — to deliver seamlessly full performance on demand.

The all-aluminium engine also features an integrated exhaust manifold that improves efficiency by helping the engine reach optimal temperatures faster, and delivers torque more rapidly by minimising the distance exhaust gasses travel between cylinders and the turbocharger. Gas particulate filter technology that reduces soot emissions will also feature.

Selectable Drive Modes add even more versatility for the next generation Fiesta ST, enabling drivers to optimise the driving experience to suit scenarios from school runs to the race track.

The agile and responsive Ford Performance-tuned chassis will be supported by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control technology that improves road holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering. Three-mode ESC will enable drivers to choose between full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention, and full system de-activation.

The next generation Fiesta ST will offer more personalisation options than before. Customers will be able to choose from a range of trim elements for the gear lever, steering wheel, door pulls and decorative dashboard spear, and will be able to select from distinctive styling packs.

The ergonomic Fiesta ST interior will feature supportive Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Exterior colour options will include new Liquid Blue and the Fiesta ST will feature exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels.

“Our ST models are designed to make a Ford Performance driving experience accessible to customers regardless of lifestyle,” said Matthias Tonn, Fiesta ST chief programme engineer.

“With three- and five-door body styles and distinctive styling options that complement the model’s performance characteristics available from day one, the next generation Fiesta ST will deliver a broader appeal for an even wider range of car buyers.”

The next generation Fiesta ST will also be offered with a high quality B&O Play sound system for a high-end audio experience, which is among the features Ford first announced last year for the next generation Fiesta.

The Ford Performance global organisation serves as an innovation laboratory and test bed to create unique performance vehicles, parts, accessories and experiences for customers.

“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 Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “Working as one unified Ford Performance team helps us better deliver our core fun-to-drive experience and democratise sophisticated performance enhancing features for every customer.”

— Supplied.



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