Ford Performance has revealed the next generation Ford Fiesta ST, powered by an all-new three-cylinder, 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Shown for the first time ahead of its global public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the next generation Fiesta ST will deliver 200 PS, 290 Nm of torque, and anticipated 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.7 seconds.

The third generation of Fiesta ST will be the first Ford Performance model ever powered by a three-cylinder engine, and will be the first Fiesta ST to feature selectable Drive Modes, enabling engine, steering and stability controls to be configured to Normal, Sport and Track settings for an optimized fun-to-drive experience in conditions from motorways to track days.

Drive Modes will also adjust Fiesta ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement (ESE) technology and active exhaust noise control valve to deliver an even more satisfying driving experience. The technologies amplify the naturally sporty sound of the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine that also features Ford’s industry-first cylinder
deactivation system for a three-cylinder engine, for further reduced CO2 emissions of an anticipated 114 g/km.

Available from launch in early 2018 in both three- and five-door body styles, the next generation Fiesta ST will be offered with a greater variety of interior trim and personalization options than ever before, with bold and distinctive exterior styling that includes a unique race-car-inspired mesh grille and exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels.

Part of Ford’s EcoBoost range of petrol engines that also includes the multi-award-winning 1.0‑liter EcoBoost, the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine uses technology including turbocharging, highpressure fuel injection and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing to deliver optimized performance and fuel efficiency.

The engine’s three-cylinder architecture delivers naturally high torque at low rpm. Performance is further boosted by a new turbocharger that uses an optimized turbine design to build boost pressure faster and minimise lag for a more responsive and fun driving experience. A new combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection technology helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside reduced CO2 emissions,* with a particular increase in fuel efficiency under light engine loads.

Ford’s new cylinder deactivation technology, first announced for the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a world first for a three-cylinder engine, will further improve fuel efficiency for Fiesta ST customers without affecting performance by automatically stopping fuel delivery and valve operation for one of the engine’s cylinders in conditions where full capacity is not needed, such as when coasting or cruising with light demand on the engine. The technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds, 20 times faster than the blink of an eye, to seamlessly deliver full performance on demand.

The all-aluminium engine also features an integrated exhaust manifold that improves efficiency by helping the engine reach optimal temperatures faster, and delivers torque more rapidly by minimising the distance exhaust gasses travel between cylinders and turbocharger.

The next generation Fiesta ST will offer more personalization options than ever before. Customers will be able to choose from a range of trim elements for the gear lever, steering wheel, door pulls and decorative dashboard spear, and select from distinctive styling packs. Other major highlights include Recaro seats and a flat-bottomed steering and Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system  Compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto, SYNC 3 is supported by floating, tablet-inspired touchscreens up to 8-inch that can be operated using pinch and swipe gestures. In addition, the new Fiesta ST will be offered with a high quality B&O PLAY Sound System for a high-end audio experience.

Exterior color options for the new Ford Fiesta ST will include new Liquid Blue.

Edited: Ford