2018 Ford Fiesta
2019 Ford Fiesta ST. Photo: Supplied
Stephen Ottley | Apr, 17 2018 | 0 Comments

Ford has confirmed the new generation Fiesta ST hot hatch is on the way in 2019. But it will fly solo, with the rest of Ford’s city car range set to be discontinued.

Speaking at the launch of Ford Performance in Melbourne today Ford Australia president Graeme Whickman announced the new Fiesta ST will be an important part of the new sub-brand, sitting alongside the Ranger Raptor, Mustang and new Focus ST.

The new Fiesta ST will be sourced from Germany, as with the current model, but the Thai-built range of other models won’t be offered beyond current stock. Whickman said the decision to cut the Fiesta range was driven by declining city-car sales driven by more demand for SUVs and small cars, such as the new Focus.

“If you actually take out the vehicles that are sold as demos or rental units, that Fiesta-size market is actually getting smaller and smaller,” Whickman said.

The new Fiesta ST is powered by a 147kW three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Whickman believes it will a crucial model for the new Ford Performance initiative.

“There is a strong appetite and passion for the Fiesta ST in our line-up, and can see the affinity and esteem that Australians have with driving enjoyment of the existing model,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Fiesta ST shows the depth of enthusiast models that we’re bringing to Australia, with everything from this hot hatch through to the Ranger Raptor,” said Whickman.  

Whickman said there is enough existing Fiesta stock that should see the model remain on sale until the end of 2018. The new Fiesta ST is set to go on-sale in the second quarter of 2019.


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