New Ford Fiesta ST price, specs and release date

The upcoming 2017 Ford Fiesta has only just been revealed but a high-performance ST version has already been spotted testing. Here’s everything we know so far and our exclusive render showing what it could look like.

Before this new model goes on sale, many dealers will be keen to offer progressively bigger savings on the outgoing Fiesta ST. Check out these offers on our Ford Fiesta ST deals page or head over to our car chooser tool if you’re not sure what to buy.

Our exclusive render shows what the upcoming Fiesta ST could look like…

2017 Ford Fiesta ST – styling

The upcoming ST model will share numerous components with the standard Fiesta but is expected to sport significantly more outlandish styling and a gaping front grille to help cool its more powerful engine. Larger alloy wheels, a subtle rear spoiler and a revised rear bumper should help this diminutive hot hatch further stand out from the current crop of sporty superminis.

A pair of more rounded headlights borrowed from the 2017 Fiesta and a reshaped rear end will help buyers differentiate the upcoming model from the outgoing version. Styling cues inspired by the recent Focus RS could help it look significantly more aggressive than its predecessor, too.

The new ST’s interior should look similar to the Fiesta ST-Line, shown here…

2017 Ford Fiesta ST – interior

The updated Fiesta’s new interior is expected to receive a few subtle sporty touches in ST guise. Behind the chunky, ST-badged steering wheel, we expect to find a pair of supportive sports seats and a set of polished metal pedals while a heavily upgraded infotainment system with Ford’s latest Sync 3 interface should also make an appearance.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST – engines and driving

These images courtesy of Auto Blog show what appears to be a Fiesta ST test mule being put through its paces. Larger alloy wheels and added cooling vents cut into its front bumper suggest this is no ordinary Fiesta prototype.

The outgoing Fiesta ST’s trump card was its perky engine and enjoyable handling. It certainly wasn’t the fastest hot hatch on sale but its excellent suspension setup and fabulous steering lent it a contagious enthusiasm few rivals could match. Show it a winding backroad and it’d be more than happy to put a huge smile on your face without breaking the speed limit or scaring your passengers.

The new car is expected to build on its predecessor’s terrific driving characteristics with an upgraded version of its turbocharged 1.6-litre engine producing more than 200hp. We hope Ford addresses the outgoing Fiesta ST’s slightly harsh ride, however, and makes it a little more comfortable to drive around town.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST – price and release date

The new ST will probably carry a slight premium over the outgoing model when it hits UK roads in late 2017. With entry-level models expected to cost less than £20,000, it should still represent a bit of a sports car bargain.

Save money on your new car

Before this new model goes on sale, check out the discounts available on the current car on our Ford Fiesta ST deals page. If you’re not sure what to buy, read our list of the best hot hatches currently on sale or head over to our car chooser tool for help making a decision.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST price, specs and release date (updated October 2016)

Ford’s Focus RS has been making all the headlines but the much cheaper Fiesta ST remains one of the best value hot hatches money can buy. The next generation model has a lot to live up to and images courtesy of Motorauthority give us our first glimpse of what it could look like.

While the outgoing model has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, rumours suggest the new model could get a noticeably smaller 1.0-litre engine. This’ll produce the same power as the outgoing unit thanks to a turbocharger but should use less fuel when you’re not doing your best rally driver impression.

Downsizing will see the current four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo dropped for a heavily tuned version of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine already powering the current Fiesta. The highest output of the engine in a current production model is 138hp – someway short of 180hp the current Fiesta ST makes – rising to 212hp in ST200 guise.

Producing the required power from an engine that takes up no more floor space than a sheet of A4 paper isn’t impossible. The EcoBoost Formula Ford development project squeezed 202hp from the compact unit, roughly what Ford hopes to offer for the replacement. Achieving reliability is where the development challenge lies but we expect Ford to overcome any obstacles here.

Styling similar to the current model looks to be carried on to the new model. We expect the practical five-door bodystyle to be offered from launch rather than just a three-door as was offered on the outgoing model. The disguised test mule reveals a shape that’s more likely to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST price and release date

There’s no word yet from Ford on prices, but we expect a small increase over the current model’s £17,895 entry-level price. We’re expecting the new shape Fiesta to arrive in 2017 with some suggesting the ST will be launched immediately.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST latest news (updated June 2016)

Ford’s Focus RS has been making all the headlines but the much cheaper Fiesta ST remains one of the best value hot hatches money can buy. The next generation model has a lot to live up to and images courtesy of Motorauthority give us our first glimpse of what it could look like.

While the outgoing model has a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, rumours suggest the new model could get a noticeably smaller 1.0-litre engine. This’ll produce the same power as the outgoing unit thanks to a turbocharger but should use less fuel when you’re not doing your best rally driver impression.

Downsizing will see the current four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbo dropped for a heavily tuned version of the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine already powering the current Fiesta. The highest output of the engine in a current production model is 138hp – someway short of 180hp the current Fiesta ST makes – rising to 212hp in ST200 guise.

Producing the required power from an engine that takes up no more floor space than a sheet of A4 paper isn’t impossible. The EcoBoost Formula Ford development project squeezed 202hp from the compact unit, roughly what Ford hopes to offer for the replacement. Achieving reliability is where the development challenge lies but we expect Ford to overcome any obstacles here.

Styling similar to the current model looks to be carried on to the new model. We expect the practical five-door bodystyle to be offered from launch rather than just a three-door as was offered on the outgoing model. The disguised test mule reveals a shape that’s more likely to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST price and release date

There’s no word yet from Ford on prices, but we expect a small increase over the current model’s £17,895 entry-level price. We’re expecting the new shape Fiesta to arrive in 2017 with some suggesting the ST will be launched immediately.

2017 Ford Fiesta ST latest news (updated June 2016)

Ford is preparing a replacement for its popular Fiesta supermini, and that brings good news for hot hatch fans: an all-new Fiesta ST is on the way, too. As these pictures from MotorAuthority show, early prototypes have been spotted testing ahead of its release, and here’s everything we know so far.

New Ford Fiesta ST styling and interior

Though the current test cars wear extensive camouflage to hide the new details, one or two obvious features are clear. In contrast to the three door-only (at least in the UK) current ST, the test car sports a five door body style. The extra practicality might be welcome for some, but others might miss the sporty style of the older car.

The new Fiesta is based on the existing car, so in terms of overall shape and dimensions, it’ll be fairly similar to the outgoing model. What is obvious even through the disguise is that the current car’s high-mounted tail lamps have been replaced with more rectangular items similar to those fitted to the EcoSport. The front is set to feature the current family grille design, mounted at the front of a lower, flatter bonnet.

We expect the new model to improve on the weakest area of the current ST: the cabin. The quality of plastics is expected to improve considerably, which should help to make the top spec Fiesta ST – differentiated from the rest of the range by Recaro sports seats, aluminium pedals and ST badging – compare more favourably with the Volkswagen Polo GTI for fit and finish.

New Ford Fiesta ST driving and engines

Because the next Fiesta is based on the same platform as the current model, the new ST has all the potential to be just as fantastic to drive a the existing hot hatch. It’s unlikely that the suspension settings will be tampered with drastically, but with the new model set to grow marginally compared to the current model (in terms of width and wheelbase) the car may feel a little more stable and grown up from behind the wheel.

The engine is expected to be a variation of the current 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. In its most potent form, the limited run ST200, the engine offers up 197hp and 214lb ft of torque. The next ST is likely to offer at least as much, allowing it to reach 62mph from rest in around 6.7 seconds.

New Ford Fiesta ST prices and release date

The next Fiesta is due for release in 2017, with the ST potentially joining the lineup immediately. Thanks to the expected jump in quality, the new ST is set to cost a little more than the current car’s £17,745 start point.

Can’t wait for the new ST?

If 2017 seems a little too far away, take a look at the current Ford Fiesta ST deals page. Alternatively, find out about some of the ST’s most talented rivals in our rundown of the best hot hatches on sale.

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