AutoGuide Gets a First Look at the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST: A High-Performance Three-Cylinder?

Ford's Fiesta hatchback has been riding the revived sense of excitement here in the U.S. about hot hatchback models, and the updated 2018 Ford Fiesta ST promises to further stoke hatchback fever, according to a new report AutoGuide recently posted from the 2017 Geneva Auto Show.

The most radical change for the sporty Fiesta is Ford's decision to drop a cylinder. That's right - the 2018 Fiesta ST features a 1.5-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, versus last year's 1.6-liter four-cylinder version, and it's paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Still, the three-banger packs a major performance punch, producing a remarkable 200 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque. It's the first time the automaker has used a three-cylinder in a performance model, and the result is quite impressive. This engine even has cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts one down if the Fiesta ST is carrying a light load.

The Fiesta ST also gets selectable drive modes for the first time. There are three - Normal, Sport and Track - with different throttle, transmission, steering and stability control settings - depending on how you’re planning to drive the car.

Inside, the Fiesta ST also gets an updated interior, including Recaro sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a wider range of trim options for the gear shifter, steering wheel and dashboard. Also now for 2018 in the addition of Ford's impressive SYNC 3 infotainment system, which has a crisp touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. You can also opt for a high-end audio system, courtesy of Bang & Olufson.

 

The Fiesta is already a very popular model here at Jack Kain Ford, and we're excited about the arrival of the 2018 Ford Fiesta ST later this year. In the meantime, we have a terrific selection of new 2016 and 2017 Ford models, including the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks, and our knowledgeable sales professionals can help you compare models and choose the Ford that's right for your wallet and your lifestyle. Jack Kain Ford is proud to serve the greater Lexington, KY area from our dealership here in Versailles. Stop in today, or give us a call at (888) 685-1211 to schedule time for test drive.

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