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[Photos] Next-Generation Ford Fiesta ST Gets Three-Cylinder Engine, Cylinder Deactivation Tech

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New Ford Fiesta ST

The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST has been revealed. Does it look cool? Yep. Go fast? Check. Drive like a dream? Oh yes. It does all of those things, and also more things.

The new Ford Fiesta ST will be the first Ford Performance vehicle offered with a three-cylinder engine, utilizing a 1.5-liter EcoBoost that generates 200 PS (197 horsepower) and 290 Nm (214 lb-ft) of torque and is expected to achieve a 6.7-second 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.

The next-gen Fiesta ST will also be the first of its kind to be offered with three selectable drive modes—Normal, Sport, and Track—allowing drivers a more personalized and intuitive experience.

“Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging, and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”

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The Fiesta ST is expected to achieve emissions of 114 g/km (57.5 mpg [UK] or 48 mpg [US]) thanks to the same cylinder deactivation technology found on the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, which can disengage/re-engage a cylinder in 14 milliseconds for on-demand performance. Utilizing an optimized turbocharger, high-pressure fuel injection, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing, an integrated exhaust manifold, and an all-aluminum design, the three-cylinder EcoBoost is able to deliver horsepower on par with the current-generation’s 1.6-liter Ti-VCT Turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost inline-four.

In addition to being able to select your driving experience physically with the Normal, Sport, and Track modes, selectable modes provide different configurations of the Fiesta ST’s Electronic Sound Enhancement to provide meatier exhaust notes.

Ford also promises deeper customization in terms of trim elements and styling packs, as well as a new Liquid Blue exterior hue (previously only used by Ford Performance for display purposes), 18-inch alloy wheels, SYNC 3 infotainment, and an available B&O PLAY Sound System.

The new Ford Fiesta ST will be launched in early 2018 in three- and five-door body styles. No word as to whether the next-gen Fiesta ST will make the leap stateside, but one certainly hopes that it will.

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Gallery: Next-Generation Ford Fiesta ST

New Ford Fiesta ST