Last week we saw the announcement of the 2018 Ford Fiesta in Germany and we liked what we saw. Now it seems Ford will be bringing a performance variant to market too in the form of the Ford Fiesta ST. The ST has always been the hottest of hot hatches so it’s good that it will be making a return in this new model.
According to German newspapers, the man in charge of both the ST and RS divisions of Ford said that this new model will be unveiled sometime in late 2017. It will then hit production in early 2018, a year or so behind the standard version. While Europeans will get a three door version, it is unlikely that we will see that here. We will likely get the five door version in North America.
We like sporty versions of already accomplished cars. Both the Focus ST and RS offer completely different experiences, they show what is possible when different customers are targeted. We hope what will be the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST will do the same.
2018 Ford Fiesta
So what do we know about the new Fiesta? Quite a lot actually now it has actually been announced officially by Ford.
The design is very familiar but also different enough to make it a new model. The overall shape is very similar but new lights, a new curved hood and a softer front end are different. A taller windshield and more curved roof also differ as does the simpler rear. Fluted panels along the profile, the Ford family grille and vent mounted driving lights complete the look.
On the inside, changes are more drastic. The centre stack has been completely redesigned and features Ford’s Sync 3, at least in the demo model we got to see. The driver’s position has also been refined with the instrument panel and switchgear all getting upgrades. Interior space is still compact but comfortable and seems to offer more space than the exterior would imply.
Ford didn’t provide many details on the powertrains at the event. They just said that the existing 1.0-litre EcoBoost three cylinder would headline and would be supported by a 1.4 and a 1.6-litre four cylinder. Cylinder deactivation tech and other tricks would improve gas mileage and emissions.
The trims have had an upgrade too with new trims being offered with the 2018 Ford Fiesta. They include Titanium, ST Line, Vignale and Active. While these were announced for the Euro Fiesta, we assume we will get something along the same lines when released.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta will be released late 2017 and will likely be manufactured in Mexico. Exact release dates, specs and details have yet to be released. I will let you know once I know more.
In the meantime, the current range of Fiestas offer exceptional value and much more interior space than you might think. Visit Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 to see them for yourself.