If yesterday it was just a rumor, today the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST made its debut ahead of 2012 LA Auto Show, which will open its doors later this week. As expected, power comes from a 1.6-liter Eco-Boost four-cylinder engine delivering 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. This makes the 2014 Fiesta ST more powerful than its rivals, the Mini Cooper S with its 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., and the Chevrolet Sonic RS that produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.
The new Fiesta ST will be available in the United States only as a five-door hatchback and with a six-speed manual transmission. According to the official press release, the car is expected to deliver 34 mpg. In terms of design, the Fiesta ST features a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions.
The design is completed by the unique 17-inch wheels. Moreover, the new Fiesta ST is the first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint. The big surprise found on the new car is the mechanical version of the sound symposer, which was first used on the Focus ST.
For those who don’t know, this feature provides an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. Furthermore, the new vehicle will feature a three-mode electronic stability control – standard, sport or off – that enables the driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions.
"This is a rewarding car to rev," says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration supervisor. "With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214 lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. There's no waiting at all for the power to just push you back in your seat."
Ford Fiesta takes pride at its set of technologies that provide passengers an impeccable combination of connectivity and ride experience.
The latest model offers more options for drivers when it comes to communication, amusement and navigation. For one, a new MyFord Touch system is now available. It has a 6.5-inch touch screen which has an improved voice control. The model maintains its SYNC AppLink feature which was first introduced on the pioneering model of its class. The technology lets drivers open and control Ford-approved smartphone applications with voice commands and vehicle controls while driving. This way, drivers’ hands are intact on the wheels and eyes are fixed on the road. Turn-by-turn navigation is still available in its SYNC Services.
One of the latest features of the vehicle is Ford's MyKey security system. It helps parents influence their children into responsible driving. The system has a configurable speed and audio volume control. It has a feature that mutes the car’s radio to remind the driver to buckle their seat belt. Its driver support and safety systems and warnings cannot be disabled when used.
Ford chief engineer, John Schneider said the vehicle was made for the digital generation. MP3 facilities and Bluetooth connectivity enable techy customers to remain connected even when driving.