Ford expands the Fiesta Range with a crossover and a glorious performance ST
Following on from the release last year of the new Fiesta Ford have introduced two new variants to the Fiesta line up. One is the hotly anticipated ST the model so loved by anyone with an interest in performance, handling and speed. It is a car that brings a smile to the face simply by the mentioning of its name – Fiesta ST.
The other is the Fiesta Active. When I was first made aware of the intention to introduce the Fiesta Active Crossover I thought it would be the death knell of the EcoSport that has just been completely revised. Having seen it in the flesh and test driven it in Nice, France I am not so sure. I am believing the Ford compliment argument as opposed to the compete argument that I used to have. It may be a lot easier to move current Fiesta “crossover wannabees” into an Active as opposed to going full metal jacket crossover to an EcoSport. Time will tell but I think a lot of Fiesta owners will be drawn to the Active and Ford are projecting about 20% of all Fiesta sales in Ireland may be 20%. That wont just be existing Fiesta buyers but a lot of new customers.
The Active is 18mm higher than a normal Fiesta that the design engineer told me was an awful lot of difference when it came to engineering the car. It has atypical crossover looks and looks like a standalone model and not just a tweaked Fiesta. It is quite good looking and will tempt buyers. With Drive Mode technology you get three self-explanatory driving modes Normal, Eco and Slippery – after all it is a crossover and it needs to take the sporty lifestyle people places they usually go. It also has the best fog lights I’ve seen in a while and I was surprised the Fiesta ST designers didn’t insist they were used on the ST.
Speaking of which, the Fiesta ST is a bit special. Here we have a sub €30k car that has all the power and performance to please buyers of more expensive hot hatches. It is a very rewarding and reassuring car to drive. Whilst the car has been extensively modified the looks are not radically changed. They were not allowed to, as the last beautiful model was such an eye catcher. The main news is an all-new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine uses turbocharging, high-pressure fuel injection, Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and a three-cylinder architecture to deliver 200 PS at 6,000 rpm, and 290 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm. It has a delightful, raucous sound that rewards the ear in the exact same proportion as it does your right foot pressure.
I have a virtual garage that has 10 places and in one of them was the last generation ST. They have done such a good job with this one that it has just displaced the old one. If there are any canny investors out there find yourself a last generation ST200 and store it. It’ll be motoring gold in years to come.