The little Ford darling, Fiesta, is about to get a massive redesign. Based on the action-packed video reveal performed by Toni Kelly, a World Rally Championship driver and BMX stunt cyclist Sebastian ‘Bas’ Keep, the new Fiesta ST looks visually bigger than its predecessor. The video is no Gymkhana, but the chase around the Ford Fiesta factory in Cologne, Germany, shows the Fiesta ST’s Ken Blockian aspirations. Driving through tight corners, screeching tires through turns and launches, drifting circles around its two-door version, the new platform certainly has the hardware to support the most spirited of drivers.
Nothing is yet certain about the powertrain of the new Ford Fiesta, but Motor Trend has heard rumors suggesting an even smaller engine in the form of a three cylinders:
We don’t know anything concrete about the powertrain, but rumors have emerged suggesting the potential use of the automaker’s EcoBoost 1.0-liter I-3 in place of the older 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4. In its most powerful trim, the U.S.-spec 1.0-liter pumps out 123 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, a 74-hp and 54-lb-ft deficit compared to the current four-banger ST. If the new hot Fiesta does pack three cylinders, expect power to be on par with or exceed the current car.
We’ll know for sure that the Fiesta ST will still come in three and five-door variants as the video suggests. Look for the Fiesta ST to be formally introduced in the Geneva Motor Show 2017.
(Source: Ford Europe)