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?
Did you find our eight fun facts about the new, 2018 Ford Fiesta ST informative? Are you pleased with how Ford’s new hot hatch turned out? Share your impressions in the comments below.
Ford Ranger Raptor Deputes With Serious Off-Road Cred, Diesel Power
Meet the Ford F-150 Raptor’s very capable younger brother — the Ford Ranger Raptor! Beefed up to handle much more extreme terrain than the regular Ranger, the performance-tuned pickup truck comes equipped with a torquey diesel engine as part of its arsenal of off-road features.
Revealed in Thailand at a media event for the Asia Pacific market, the little Raptor is much more rugged-looking and wider than the standard Ranger, borrowing many styling cues from the F-150 Raptor such as a larger grille with the large block FORD lettering. It boasts dent-resistant front bumpers, more than 11 inches of ground clearance, a 32.5-degree approach angle, 24-degree ramp-over angle, 24-degree departure angle, and bespoke all-terrain BF Goodrich 285/70 R17 tires.
The Ranger Raptor’s flared fenders are made from composite materials and can accommodate a long-travel suspension, while its modified rear bumper comes with an integrated tow bar and two recovery hooks.
Ford’s engineers also reinforced the frame, added Fox Racing Shox to better handle high-speed impacts, and gave the rear suspension coilovers and a solid axle with a Watt’s-link system.
In Asia, the Ford Ranger Raptor sources its power from a new 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that produces 211 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission found in the F-150 Raptor.
No word yet on whether it will be sold in North America and other world markets, so make sure to stay tuned to FbaPPs for future updates.
Watch The Ford Ranger Raptor In Action [Video]
With the Ford F-150 Raptor turning out as well as it did, car enthusiasts are very excited to see what Ford has in store for the first-ever Ranger Raptor.
An all-new Ford Ranger made its North American debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, and it is a very promising mid-size pickup truck that’s light years better than its antiquated predecessor and should give the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon a run for their money.
The performance-tuned Raptor was teased in a video posted by Ford Thailand (see below) showing it tackle off-road trails in Southern California’s Anza-Borrego Desert. Reports claim it will be powered by Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, possibly delivering as much as 400 horsepower.
A detuned version of the turbocharged 3.5L V6 under the hood of the F-150 Raptor has been rumored but seems like a less likely possibility, while a twin-turbo 2.0-liter Diesel might be offered in some markets.
Buyers across the Asia Pacific region will be the first to buy the Ford Ranger Raptor in the second half of 2018, with a North American launch expected sometime later. What do you hope to see?
Ford Will Release 40 Plugin Hybrid And Electric Vehicles By 2022
Like crosstown rival General Motors, Ford Motor Co has an onslaught of hybrid and electric cars on the way, having confirmed plans to release 40 plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles by 2022.
This includes electrified versions of the popular F-150 pickup and Mustang sports cars and a fully-electric performance SUV (possible called ‘Mach 1’) that offers at least a 300-mile range and goes on sale by 2020. In fact, 16 of the 40 models will be fully-electric.
To make this happen, Ford will invest more than $11 billion by 2022 and has formed ‘Team Edison’ to “own the strategy, own the planning, and interface into the trend” of EV development and production.
The Ford Escape and Expedition, as well as the Lincoln MKC and Navigator, are expected to get plug-in hybrid versions soon. Speaking of Lincoln, the brand is expected to offer a hybrid version of each of its models.
Ford is clearly sinking its feet into the inevitable electric future.