FORD UPDATES ITS FIESTA ST SPORTING HATCH

Ford Fiesta ST has fresh styling with an expanded range of exterior colours, and an enhanced technology package.

LED headlights have advanced Matrix LED technology available. This gives glare-free high beam which can also adapt headlight beam patterns for better visibility in changing conditions.

The Fiesta ST now has a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.

Local Hazard Information makes its Fiesta debut among a suite of sophisticated driver assistance technologies.

New exterior styling in Fiesta ST includes a bonnet design that increases the height of the nose, combined with larger upper grilles. The Ford “blue oval” badge is now displayed within the grille, rather than on the bonnet lip. The taillights receive black surrounds.

A fresh exterior design incorporates a more aggressive fascia appearance, with honeycomb upper and lower grilles alongside large lower side vents. Fiesta ST upper grille and side vents finished in Chrystaline Grey.

Two new exterior colours complement the revised exterior styling – Boundless Blue and ST-signature Mean Green.

The aero-optimised lower lip spoiler, side skirts, rear hatch spoiler and rear diffuser are finished in body colour. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels feature a dark Magnetite finish.

Performance seats have been developed in-house to provide even greater support during high-performance driving and additional comfort on the road.

An integrated headrest and 14-way adjustment help drivers find their preferred driving position.

There’s red contrast stitching and Sensico trim to give a premium feel. A flat-bottomed sport steering wheel and a matte carbon-effect foil with red detailing adds further sporty character to the cabin.

Fiesta ST has a 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol engine, with 147kW at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque has increased from 290 Nm to 320 Nm over a nice spread from 1,600 rpm to 4,000 rpm.

The Quaife mechanical limited-slip differential further enhances traction and cornering agility.

In addition to the Normal and Sport Drive Modes, Fiesta ST also features a Track mode, which disables traction control and sets ESC to wide-slip mode for race circuit driving.

“Fiesta ST is a small car with real personality. It’s the car for people who love to drive, and who enjoy a hot hatch with expressive styling,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford of Australia. “Our latest Fiesta ST takes this to another level, and adds even more of the technology that we know our Australian customers love.”

New Ford Fiesta ST is expected here in the first quarter of 2022. We’ll provide final specifications and prices closer to that release date.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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