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2022 Ford Fiesta ST Australian Debut Pushed Back

The semiconductor chip shortage has impacted automotive production for over a year now, leading to record low inventory and record-high pricing for both used and new vehicles. But the chip shortage – along with various other supply chain constraints – has also affected new vehicle configurations, as we’ve seen new models like the Ford Puma and EcoSport Design emerge with fewer features, and, as a result, fewer chips. Now, it seems that the chip shortage has also pushed back the planned debut of the 2022 Ford Fiesta ST in Australia, according to Drive.

The Aussie news source is reporting that the 2022 Fiesta ST was originally slated to launch in that country next month, but its debut has now been pushed back to April or May, which is also when the refreshed 2022 Focus ST is currently scheduled to launch. Ford Australia has also revealed that the 2022 Focus ST will not come equipped with blind-spot monitoring or rear cross-traffic alert as a direct result of the chip shortage, a common practice in this supply-constrained world. Fiesta production at the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant was impacted as recently as last October, as Ford Authority previously reported, when the facility was shut down for an entire month.

If Ford chose to retain those features in the refreshed Fiesta ST, the model would have faced even longer delays, according to the automaker. “We continue to work with our suppliers as we navigate the continuing supply chain challenges, however in order to allow customers to receive their vehicles without additional delay, Australian-delivered MY22 Fiesta ST vehicles will not be produced with BLIS [blind-spot monitoring] or rear cross-traffic alert,” a Ford spokesperson told Drive.

The refreshed 2022 Ford Fiesta ST (and its less sporty counterparts) was revealed last September, introducing a number of changes to the hot hatch. These include a revised front and rear fascia, new Performance Seats, a 12.3-inch, fully-configurable TFT digital instrument cluster, and an 8-inch touchscreen, to name a few.

We’ll have more on the 2022 Fiesta soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fiesta news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Mark L Bedel

    Those Aussie’s, they get to have all the fun!

    Reply
  2. Adam

    They’re also arriving here in the UK without folding mirrors and puddle lights, these features were included in the previous model

    Reply

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