Ford’s pint-sized hot bear will about-face from three doors to bristles – and accept added tech than anytime afore – to augment its appeal, but the amount has gone up by amid $4500 and $6000
UPDATE: Ford clearly accepted the capacity beneath for the Fiesta ST at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
August 31, 2019: Appraisement and capacity of the new-generation 2020 Ford Fiesta ST hot bear accept been leaked avant-garde of its Australian exhibit accession at the alpha of abutting year.
A arcane account beatific to Ford dealers – the capacity of which after appeared online – has accepted the Ford Fiesta ST will about-face from actuality a three-door to a five-door for the aboriginal time locally, and the amount will acceleration to $31,990 additional on-road costs.
European buyers accept had the best of three- or five-door anatomy styles back the antecedent archetypal Fiesta ST was alien in 2013, but because Australia is a about baby market, we get one archetypal only.
As before, Ford Australia has free to accouter the Fiesta ST with as abundant accepted accessories as possible, in-line with the top-end versions awash in Europe.
The abounding apartment of assurance tech includes free emergency braking, acceleration assurance recognition, a agenda acceleration display, dark area and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping abetment and rear parking sensors (front parking sensors are not available).
Australian Fiesta STs additionally get LED headlights with auto-dipping aerial beam, LED tail-lights, a acrimonious covering council wheel, power-folding ancillary mirrors with dabble lamps, and keyless access with push-button start. The additional tyre is a angular amplitude saver, as before.
A exceptional 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen complete arrangement is commutual to Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, agenda radio and anchored aeronautics congenital into the high-resolution 8-inch touchscreen. The alone options in Australia will be a sunroof ($2500) and brownish acrylic ($650).
On the achievement side, a automated limited-slip differential, which adds drive and anchor out of bound corners, will be accepted in Australia rather than an advantage as it is in Europe.
This will accomplish the Fiesta ST one of the cheapest cars on auction in Australia with a automated limited-slip differential, alike admitting the amount has gone up significantly.
The previous-generation Fiesta ST amount $25,990 additional on-roads back it back on auction in August 2013, but the amount had risen to $27,490 additional on-roads by the time it angled out in April 2018.
The new Fiesta ST will be priced from $31,990 additional on-road costs back it arrives in dealerships in backward January or aboriginal February 2020, giving it a drive-away amount of abutting to $35,000.
However, it is decidedly bigger able than before. Australia-bound Fiesta ST variants will appear accepted with the achievement backpack that is alternative in Europe.
It includes the above automated limited-slip differential, 18-inch alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (17s are accepted in Europe), barrage control, and three active modes that acclimatize council sensitivity, adherence ascendancy and burke response.
As before, the new Fiesta ST is alone accessible with a six-speed chiral transmission; there is currently no automated accessible globally.
The antecedent model’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo has been replaced by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo with added ability and torque (up from 134kW/240Nm to 147kW/290Nm).
Although the accessory ratios and final drive accept afflicted to clothing the ability commitment of the new engine, aboriginal accessory runs out at about 50km/h and additional accessory is done by about 90km/h.
Having to change to third accessory afore hitting 100km/h hurts achievement times, which is why it feels faster than the official numbers.
Ford claims a 0-to-100km/h time of 6.5 seconds, but the best I could get application attention timing accessories during the media examination drive in Europe in 2018 was 7.1 seconds, a atom faster than the approachable archetypal in real-world tests.
The added surprise: application barrage ascendancy produced a slower 0-to-100km/h time than ablution the new Fiesta ST manually.
Also standard: a bi-modal bankrupt and cyberbanking complete enhancer that pumps an amplified three-cylinder agent bark into the cabin.
Although the new Ford Fiesta ST has added ability and torque than before, the vehicle’s weight has added due to the hardly bigger anatomy and added accessories (up 65kg to 1262kg on agnate European models).
Unfortunately, the brakes accept not added in admeasurement to bout the new model’s added mass, although the calipers are corrective red. The vented avant-garde discs and solid rear discs are the aforementioned admeasurement as before. There is currently no Ford Performance-approved anchor advancement amalgamation available.
The cossack is a bit bigger (up from 276L to 311L) and the berth is hardly roomier. The five-door anatomy will accomplish it easier to accessible the avant-garde doors in bound parking spaces.
It ability attending accustomed – and the exoteric ambit are about identical to its antecedent – but this archetypal is a clean-sheet design.
This new-generation Ford Fiesta ST was appear in Europe in 2018. Its accession in Australia is believed to accept been delayed while the aggregation waited for avant-garde assurance tech to be fabricated available.
Ford Australia would not affirm amount and accessories details. In a account to CarAdvice, the aggregation said: “The all-new Fiesta ST has been agilely awaited, and we’re admiring to affirm its accession in Australia and New Zealand in aboriginal 2020, about the blueprint and capacity for our bazaar are yet to be about announced.”
The account issued to dealers says “details for the 2020.25 WG Fiesta ST will be issued on the (Ford Australia) website in September 2019”.
It is due in bounded showrooms about the aforementioned time as the new bearing Ford Focus ST.
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