And it’s less expensive, too.
The Fiesta ST has been a great choice for those wanting to buy a hot hatch without the hefty price tag. However, if you want the ST’s styling but with less power (and a lower price), Ford will soon have the right car for you.
In a report by CarsDirect, it looks like a Fiesta ST Line is going to be offered here in the U.S. This is the ST Line, mind you, a Fiesta variant that has already been offered in European markets for years. It’s just a style pack – based on the regular Fiesta but dressed in the ST’s clothes. With that, you guessed it, it won’t offer the same performance as the 198-hp ST.
Engine specifications from the website say that the Fiesta ST Line will get a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder, as opposed to the 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine of the Fiesta ST. Although output figures of the ST Line’s engine is still “TBD” as of this moment, dropping the EcoBoost will surely mean less power from the upcoming ST Line.
But at least the ST Line will look the part. According to CarsDirect, the ST Line will get the looks of the ST, including its face, high-mounted rear spoiler, and dual chrome-tipped exhaust. Although, it will get a smaller set of 10-spoke, 16-inch, black-painted aluminum wheels, as opposed to the 17-inch Rado Gray set on the ST. Unfortunately, the ST sport suspension isn’t available.
Inside, the ST Line will have bucket seats with “sport embossed bolsters” and no option to upgrade to Recaro sport seats. Manual air-conditioning will be standard, as well as 4-way adjustable seats and a six-speaker stereo setup.
The Ford Fiesta ST Line will be priced from $17,625, which is $3,715 cheaper than the more-powerful Fiesta ST. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, but a six-speed PowerShift slushbox is available as a $1,095 option. Considering this huge price gap, the ST Line will be a huge value proposition for those looking for a small, good-looking hatchback. However, also considering the things you’ll have to drop, it will just be a matter of priorities for the buyer.