It was in February when Ford revealed the new Fiesta ST, just before it made its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. But it is not until next year that the model goes on sale in both three- and five-door variants. Today, the entry level Ford Fiesta, and the sporty ST Line trim can already be purchased in Europe. But in the United States, they will have to be content with the old Fiesta for now as the 2018 model year is set to arrive with only minor changes.
Most importantly, what people should know is that the US-spec Fiesta will retire and that the seventh generation model will not hit the stateside. This news was recently shared to us by the European Director of Ford Performance, Leo Roeks, when he was interviewed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker says that there is a low demand for this class in the United States, which led them to make the decision to eventually get rid of the Fiesta in the market. If sales are low, having large inventories would be a big problem.
In other news, Volkswagen bosses made a decision of not bringing the new Polo to the United States, including the much sexier Polo GTI. Another sad news for US customers is that Toyota will also be discontinuing the supercharged Yaris GRMN as well. In fact, the new Yaris will actually be very limited, even in Europe, where only 400 examples will be sold around the continent.
The Americans have shown a lack of interest in the B-segment. And this is the main reason why automakers like Ford, VW, and Toyota are discontinuing such models. It will not be financially practical for them to market cars that would not sell.
The best thing we can do now is to share the specs of each hot hatch. Firstly, the Ford Fiesta ST will have a turbocharged 1.5 liter three-cylinder engine, instead of the former 1.6 liter four cylinder. This gives it 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet (290 Newton metres) of torque, that can sprint from 0-62 miles per hour in only 6.7 seconds.
Next is the VW Polo GTI with the same specs of 197 horsepower and 236 pound-feet (320 Nm) of torque. This enables it to achieve the 0-62 mile per hour sprint in 6.7 seconds, before continuing on to its top speed of 147 miles per hour (237 kilometers per hour). Last but not the least is the beefier Toyota Yaris GRMN with an output of 209 horsepower and 184 pound-feet (250 Nm) of torque. In just 6.3 seconds, it can reach 62 miles per hour from standstill and has a maximum speed of 143 miles per hour.