With an all-new Ford Fiesta comes an all-new, spunkier Fiesta ST.
Not only is it better than its predecessor in just about every imaginable way, but the third-generation Fiesta ST also introduces a number of firsts for the model.
Check out these eight fun facts about the thoroughly-redesigned, 2018 Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch, which made its world debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show…
1: Just What Is It?
This is the third-generation of the lauded Ford Fiesta ST. Like its predecessors, it is a performance-tuned subcompact hatchback that was been designed to take on the likes of the Renault Clio RS, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa OPC/VXR, and Volkswagen Polo GTI.
In Europe, it can be had with either three or five doors; however, only the four-door will be offered in North America.
2: Smaller Engine, Bigger Power
Ford’s little hot hatch is the first Ford Performance model to be powered by a three-cylinder engine, notably a new, all-aluminium 1.5-liter patrol unit that puts out 197 HP (200 PS) and 214 lb-ft. (290 Nm) of torque, impressive figures for such a small car.
The engine is actually smaller than the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit found under the hood of the previous Fiesta ST (it produced 180hp / 182 and 214 lb-ft. / 290 Nm ) but produces more power. Its architecture delivers naturally high torque at low rpm, while its new turbocharger uses an optimized turbine design to build boost pressure faster and minimize lag for a more responsive and fun driving experience.
3. Many Driving Modes
This 2018 Ford Fiesta ST is the first to feature selectable Drive Modes — Normal, Sport and Track — that configure and optimize the engine, steering and stability controls to the driver’s unique driving tastes, whether it be on roadways or on the track.
The Drive Modes also adjust the new Fiesta ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve, amplifying the naturally sporty sound of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine.
4. Still Quick, But Not Any Quicker
Here’s a not-so-fun fact: Despite producing more power than before, the 2018 Fiesta’s estimated 0 to 62mph (100 km/h) acceleration time of 6.7 seconds remains essentially unchanged from the previous model’s, largely because its turbo engine is more optimized for fuel-efficiency and the car itself is not appreciably lighter.
Still, 6.7 seconds makes it faster and more fun to drive than most cars you will encounter on the road.
5. Improved Fuel Efficiency and Emissions
As yet another first, the Fiesta ST’s 1.5-litre boasts Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine, automatically stopping fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the engine’s cylinders to improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions without affecting performance.
The all-aluminium engine also benefits from an integrated exhaust manifold that improves efficiency by helping it reach optimal temperatures faster, and delivers torque more rapidly by minimizing the distance exhaust gasses travel between cylinders and turbocharger.
6. More Agility, Anyone?
Tuned by Ford Performance, the third-generation Fiesta ST’s agile and responsive chassis is complimented by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control technology that improves road holding and reduces understeer by applying brake force to the inside front wheel when cornering. A three-mode ESC allows drivers to choose between full system intervention, wide-slip mode with limited intervention, and full system de-activation.
7. “Race-Car-Inspired” Styling
Visually, the new Fiesta ST manages to look the part despite maintaining the same proportions as the old car, thanks in large part to what Ford describes as a distinctive exterior styling that emphasizes its angles. The unique race-car-inspired mesh grille and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels add a nice touch of sportiness.
Exterior colors include a new hue called “Liquid Blue”.
8. More Ways to Personalize the Interior
The third-gen Ford Fiesta ST offers a greater variety of interior trim and personalisation options than any of its predecessors, allowing you to choose from a range of trim elements for the gear lever, steering wheel, door pulls and decorative dashboard spear. You can also and select from distinctive styling packs.
Other interior highlights include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, Recaro sports seats, an available Bang & Olufsen PLAY premium sound system, and Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What Do You Think?
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Ford Drivers Can Now Use Waze App In Their Cars
Ford drivers with the latest Sync 3 infotainment system can now use the Waze app via their car’s touchscreen and voice controls.
The integration with Sync 3 makes it easier for Waze users to find faster traffic routes, locate cheaper fuel prices, report traffic accidents, be notified of police alerts.
Don Butler, executive director, connected vehicle platform and product, Ford Motor Company, stated:
“Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to access the smartphone features, apps and services they care about most in the car, without having to pick up their device. With Waze, our customers get the benefits they’re accustomed to with the added luxury of experiencing them on a bigger screen.”
The Waze/ Sync integration is only available for iPhone users but doesn’t run through Apple CarPlay. To use it, all drivers have to do is simply connect their Waze-equipped iPhone to the Ford vehicle’s USB port and have it projected or mirrored on the infotainment screen.
Like with CarPlay, the Waze app simultaneously runs on your phone and in your car.
GM, Ford, BMW, Renault Form MOBI Blockchain Consortium
A group of automakers, suppliers and other automotive industry players has formed the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI), a consortium tasked with exploring potential uses for blockchain technology in the automotive industry.
The consortium’s ranks include General Motors, Ford Motors, BMW, and French automaker Renault, as well as car-parts manufacturers Bosch and ZF, tech giants Accenture and IBM, and blockchain industry groups Consensys and Hyperledger. CEO Chris Ballinger stated:
“Blockchain and related trust enhancing technologies are poised to redefine the automotive industry and how consumers purchase, insure and use vehicles.”
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin use blockchains as a distributed ledger. The system is open but cryptographically-protected to provide a secure record of transactions.
Appropriately, MOBI aims to create a blockchain ecosystem custom-tailored for the automotive industry. with potential applications including vehicle identity, supply chain tracking, vehicle payments, data markets and usage-based pricing systems. IBM automotive industry VP Sachin Lulla added:
“Bringing the industry together and building interoperable blockchain networks is key to helping the automotive industry unleash the potential of blockchain.”
MOBI has not disclosed the standards for its open-source blockchain tools or when it will be launched.
Ford To Stop Making Cars Except Mustang And Focus Active
Ford has announced that it will no longer sell cars, except for the Mustang and Focus Active, in North America. And by cars, we mean sedans, hatchbacks, coupes, and convertibles — basically anything that isn’t a crossover, SUV or truck.
The latest Taurus, Focus sedan and Fusion will not be replaced after their current production run comes to an end. Once they are gone, 90 percent of Ford’s sales will come from trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles by 2020.
Just two car models, the Mustang and the Focus Active crossover, will live on. The former is the most popular sports coupe in the world, while the latter is crossover-esque enough to warrant its continuation.
Jim Hackett, president and CEO, stated:
“We are committed to taking the appropriate actions to drive profitable growth and maximize the returns of our business over the long term. Where we can raise the returns of underperforming parts of our business by making them more fit, we will. If appropriate returns are not on the horizon, we will shift that capital to where we can play and win.”
Ford says it is looking at new “white space” vehicles that could combine the best attributes of cars and SUVs. It will reallocate the spared resources to its ambitious electrification initiative, which will see models like the F-150, Mustang, Explorer, Escape, and new Bronco all receiving hybrid powertrains variants in the near future, as well as the introduction of an all-electric SUV in 2020.
In all, Ford’s plan to release 16 full or partial electric vehicles by 2022.