Ford Fiesta ST Concept to enter production

Article by Christian A., on August 21, 2012

Ford will proceed with plans to offer the sub-compact hot hatch to market after having received positive reviews for the Fiesta ST Concept. Steve Ling, Ford’s Marketing Manager, said that the ST treatment will be applied on the Fiesta next. The last time that the Fiesta ST was seen was at the Geneva Motor Show last year.

Back then, it was a production ready model that was expected to make it in Europe. Ford has yet to confirm if the super-subcompact will be offered in other regions.

It’s likely that a Fiesta ST (most probably a 5-door hatchback instead of a 3-door for Europe) is on its way to North America. Ling said that the same torque vectoring control system technology in the Focus ST will be used in the new Fiesta.

The torque vectoring control system uses a mix of an electronic limited slip differential that uses the brakes to slow the inside wheel in a corner, and an electronic steering system that gets rid of torque steer.

This system and suspension were developed by Ford on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. If the “One Ford” strategy is used on the Fiesta ST, it would probably have Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, which delivers 180-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful sub-compact on the market.

When it comes to performance vehicles that remain to be accessible, the top pick remains to be the Ford ST model. Displaying a balanced yet exciting performance, this is then combined with a refinement level that is just as exciting while ensuring practicality for daily use. The ST range in particular is expected to have an important role in the brand’s strategy of releasing in the future models that display even higher performance.

Ford is currently implementing a plan focused on performance and the ST will set the design language for performance vehicles that will be released worldwide. It is also expected to set the stage for models having an even higher performance. Much like the DNA found inside the human body, this plan hopes to determine what qualities should be included in order for a vehicle to be a truly Ford model.

This is not limited to the appearance but can even include the sound and the driving feel. The brand revealed that this particular DNA was thanks to the Ford Performance Vehicles group who used their knowledge when it came to performance and came up with the attributes needed in the brand’s global performance vehicles of the future. This group is composed of the Ford Team RS based in Europe and the Special Vehicle Team which is in North America.

Ford shared as well that each model that will have the ST badge is guaranteed to be a performance car and highlights the fun-to-drive characteristics, a feature customers are sure to love. Even with this quality, Ford gave the assurance that each component of the ST’s performance will continue to be balanced. As such, the driver will experience exceptional harmony once behind the wheel. In addition, ST models will come with a level of refinement to allow drivers to enjoy driving on twisty roads as well as on their usual daily drives.

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