A very popular performance car in Europe, the Ford Fiesta ST is now set for the sales start in North America.
The all-new 2014 Fiesta ST will be in U.S. showrooms by summer’s end with a starting price of $22, 195 including $795 in destination charges. The subcompact car is a good $2,500 less than the larger Focus ST that has been on sale for a year and accounts for about 5% of total Focus sales.
Special Vehicle Team models raised Ford’s profile over the years and served as a barometer of its product health. With the Fiesta ST there are now four — the most the automaker has ever had, said SVT engineer Tim Smith. In addition to the two STs, there is the F-150 SVT Raptor and Mustang Shelby GT500.
As opposed to the first generation Fiesta ST, offered only in Europe, the new one is a global vehicle to be sold in 40 countries, including the U.S., Canada and China. The U.S. spec model will be the larger five-door hatchback while Europe gets a smaller three-door hatchback.
The car was engineered in Cologne, Germany, and went on sale this spring in Europe where demand is outstripping supply, said Jamal Hameedi, director of engineering for global performance vehicles. Versions for most export markets are built in Niehl, Germany.The Fiesta ST for North America is assembled in Cuautitlán, Mexico, alongside the regular Fiesta.
The Fiesta ST is powered by Ford’s 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and generates 197 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.