A New Ford Fiesta ST Is Planned For Early-2018

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As many observers noted during the unveiling of the new, seventh-generation Ford Fiesta last Tuesday, the sporty ST model was absent from the festivities. The closest thing present was a new Ford Fiesta “ST-Line,” which amounts to little more than a base car with some ST-looking body kit, and will likely remain a European-market-only car.

But there’s no reason to be concerned; Ford is indeed planning on bringing out a new, proper hot hatch wearing the “Fiesta ST” moniker, and according to Motor Authority, it will be unveiled in late-2017 for a start-of-production in January of the following year. We suspect that the new, pint-sized Ford Performance model will be worth the wait.

Prototypes of the new Ford Fiesta ST have reportedly already been spotted testing in Europe, being benchmarked against the current-generation hot hatch. According to Ford Performance Vehicle Engineering Manager Tyrone Johnson, fans hoping for a big increase in power between the last Fiesta ST and this future one will be disappointed. We’ve even heard tell that it might use Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost I3 for power, which is about 600 cubic-centimeters and one cylinder shy of its predecessor.

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Nonetheless, we don’t suspect Ford will allow the Fiesta ST to take any steps backward before its launch in 2018. For more on this story as it develops, stick around.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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