Ford has finally confirmed what we’ve suspected for quite a while: the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will come stateside in the 2013 calendar year. Packing an estimated 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, the Fiesta ST could be seen as a competitor to the Chevrolet Sonic RS as well as to compact-segment sporty front-drivers. The subcompact hot hatch is debuting at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Not surprisingly, the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST release calls out the handling-focused Chevrolet Sonic RS, noting that the Fiesta ST “doesn’t simply look like a performance car; it’s got the guts to back it up.” Under the Ford’s hood is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost I-4 with an estimated 197 hp from 1600 rpm and 214 lb-ft of torque by 3500 rpm, with minimal to no turbo lag. At least at first, the Fiesta ST will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission and only in the U.S. as a four-door hatchback, which is fine by us as we prefer the hatchback’s design over the sedan anyway. The special Fiesta has yet to be EPA-rated, but Ford says the car will achieve up to 34 mpg, far below the 40+ mpg of the regular Fiesta.
Fiesta ST drivers should notice retuned steering response, with a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1. Roll stiffness has been improved, and the Fiesta ST sits 0.6 inches closer to the ground than the regular Fiesta. The car will also get the Torque Vectoring Control that appears on all Focus cars. The technology is designed to reduce understeer when you’re really tearing up your favorite backroad. We’re curious to see just how much torque steer a front-drive 197-hp Fiesta ST has, but will reserve judgment until we get our hands on a U.S.-spec model.
Enthusiasts planning on taking the Fiesta ST to the track may appreciate the car’s three-mode stability control with standard, sport, or off settings. The Fiesta ST will also get the somewhat controversial sound symposer coming on the Focus ST, which pumps into the cabin engine sounds.
We’ll let you judge for yourself what you think of the 2014 Ford Fiesta’s new Aston Martin-like grille and ST-specific cues like the 17-inch wheels and dual exhaust pipes as well as the rear spoiler, but Ford notes the Fiesta ST is the first car to wear the Molten Orange paint matched by the sport seats shown here. The car’s price has yet to be announced.
As for the non-ST 2014 Ford Fiesta, the car will offer a 123-hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. For those who can’t bring themselves to get behind the wheel of a three-cylinder subcompact car, the 1.6-liter I-4 will still be available. The Fiesta will get more than 40 mpg, Ford says, and as we reported this morning, a 6.5-inch touch screen with MyFord Touch will be offered. Ford even says the Fiesta will have “sexy new color options.”
The revised Ford Fiesta and Fiesta ST come just in time to challenge newer entries from Kia and Hyundai, with a new Honda Fit coming before long.
We’ve included images of the 2014 Ford Fiesta below along with Fiesta ST photos.
By Zach Gale