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2017 Ford Fiesta ST teaser vid revealed ahead of Feb 24 reveal

By Tony O'Kane, 22 Feb 2017 News

2018 Ford Fiesta ST teaser vid released ahead of Feb 24 reveal

Ford is set to turn up the heat on its entry-level warm hatch

TWO days from now Ford will lift the lid on its next-generation Fiesta ST warm hatch, and to whet the appetites of cash-strapped performance junkies the European arm of Ford has released a short teaser film.

Showing the hotted-up version of Ford’s all-new Fiesta racing through the Cologne assembly plant that birthed it, the video doesn’t give much away. The car wears camouflage, the editing is fast and there’s a hell of a lot of assembly line equipment getting between the camera and the Fiesta ST.

A post shared by Ford Europe (@fordeurope) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:36am PST

All we know is that this car sports a five-door bodystyle, is compact enough to race through a confined factory environment, and will probably outrun a guy on a bicycle.

Vanilla versions of the new 2017 Ford Fiesta will be offered with a three-door bodystyle in Europe, but at this point it’s unclear whether the ST will come with the same option. Initially a three-door only model, the Europe-market Fiesta ST received a five-door version late in its life cycle. In Australia it was only ever offered as a three-door, while the Fiesta ST was exclusively a five-door proposition in the USA.

With rivals like the Renault Clio RS and Volkswagen Polo GTI proving successful as five-doors, the Fiesta ST may follow suit with a global roll-out of a more versatile five-door body style.

Tech details are naturally under wraps until the 24th of this month, but expect more herbs than the outgoing model’s 134kW/240Nm peak outputs. Will an automatic gearbox option be offered? It’d be a first for the Fiesta ST, which has been manual-only up until now, but offering a two-pedal variant would certainly unlock the door to more sales.

Ford Australia wont’ be drawn on whether the updated Fiesta ST will be offered here as a five-door model, or whether it will continue to be offered a three-door only model.  Local deliveries of the regular Fiesta aren’t expected to happen until late 2017 at the earliest, so we can likely expect the new Fiesta ST to be a 2018 proposition.