A 2014 Ford Fiesta ST five-door prototype under covers. The car was first scene as a concept car, close to production specifications, at the Frankfurt Car Show 2012 and several of the Los Angeles auto shows as well. Europe had already seen the three-door version on display, because the three-door ST will only be released in Europe.Why It’s Important?:
These spy photos give a first glimpse of the vehicle in public, at close to production spec and further away from the early concept model. This gives a better idea what our money will buy when the car is released in the U.S.
The new Fiesta ST sports a large tough screen display situated high up on the dashboard, similar to where this year’s model has its multimedia display. It looks like this is a type of MyFord touch system, because of the lack of control bottoms in the area below the screen, as well as the number of fingerprints left on the screen itself. If so, this will be a new departure for Ford who previously had reserved the MyFord touch screen system for their more expensive Focus, Escape, Edge, Explorer, Taurus and Fusion vehicles. The non-ST version of the Fiesta will also be revamped for 2014 release, so it is possible the touch screen system could make its way into this model too.
The climate controls have a new Euro-style look to them, but more importantly the shift knob gear diagram indicates the presence of six forward ratios. Turning attention to the outside of the vehicle, rear disc brakes (first seen on the concept car), are present in the prototype too. Rear brake drums are given to the standard Fiestas, so it is pleasing to see that the ST may be getting this improvement. That said, Ford have yet to confirm the braking and suspension components for the 3 of five-door models; but it is widely expected that upgrades to the model spec will take place.
It is expected that the five-door will have the same 178-hp, turbo-charges 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine as the three-door model. The turbo four is nearly 50 percent more powerful, with 58 more hp and 65 lb-ft of torque, then the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter model.
Competition: Fiat 500 Abarth, Mini Cooper S.
Estimated Arrival Time and Price:
Though it is too early for an official announcement from Ford, it is all but certain that the Fiesta ST five-door will be released in the U.S. In the Fall of 2013, carrying the 2014 moniker. Pricing is expected around $20,000+, with the bigger, more powerful Focus ST starting at $24,495.