During this week’s Geneva Auto show, Ford stole the limelight and not because of a futuristic looking model or a supercar with a hot-smoking engine, rather by showcasing a stylish hatch which everyone can afford. At one of the Fords display stands stood the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200. The new model expands the standard ST Fiesta which made its debut in Europe in 2013.
The unveiling left many people sulking in disappointment as they expected Ford to add a Fiesta RS on the lineup. However, there is no need to sulk as the ST200 is worth the money. The model has been enhanced to offer greater power and better handling at an attractive price.
2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 Exterior
On the outside, the ST200 looks largely unchanged from the base Fiesta ST. Just as with the ST the ST200 exterior profile looks aggressive. At the front, the hatch features a huge honeycomb grille which has a black paint finish. The grille is flanked by redesigned headlights which look slimmer compared with those of the base ST. Below the grille is a modified bumper which integrates air intakes and fog lights.
The sides look identical to the Fiesta ST. Going around its rear; you will find redesigned twin exhaust pipes which have a chrome finish. There is also a black and gray painted diffuser. The hatch runs on 5-spoke black matte 17-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers.
Overall, the vehicle rides 15 mm lower which has improved its center of gravity. This is courtesy of the addition of a fine-tuned front and rear suspensions dampers and springs.
2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 Interior
Except for a few styling cues, the cabin of the ST200 is identical to that of the base ST. The cabin is stylish and comfortable. The hatch accommodates five passengers on its Recaro seats similar to those of the ST. The seats are upholstered in Charcoal colored leather trim which is contrasted with a silver stitching. Its seatbelts have a silver detailing while its scuff plates are illuminated.
The layout of the door handles, window and door mirror controls has been altered. The door handle is placed on the middle of the armrest while mirror and window controls have been shifted to the front. On the ST, the door handle used to be close to the front with window and mirror controls further back. The changes result in a cleaner look.
The dashboard, instrument cluster and steering wheel are unchanged. The control knob of its infotainment system is also larger. There is also an ST200 badge on its center console just below its climate control panel. Other features of the standard Fiesta ST remain.
In terms of safety, the hatch features an adapted front steering knuckle, 3-mode electronic stability control, improved torque vectoring and a braking system with a large tandem master cylinder and rear disc brakes. It also features an adapted rear twist-beam and an upgraded front steering knuckle for better cornering and improved agility.
Engine Specs and Performance
The biggest difference between the standard Fiesta ST and ST200 is found under the hood. The ST200 is powered by the same turbocharged 1.6 L 4-cylinder mill that powers the standard ST. The engine has been tuned to offer 18 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque more than the base ST.
The new engine pumps out 212 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. The automaker also offers an OverBoost function that adds an extra 15 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque on demand for roughly 15 seconds.
Ford has also tuned the final gear ratio to 4.08:1 instead of 3.82:1 on the standard Fiesta ST. Performance figures are not yet out. Ford claims that the ST200 hatch has a top speed of 143 mph which represents 13 mph more compared to the base ST. The hatch is also estimated to accelerate from standstill to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Be sure to come back for more updates on the Fiesta ST200.
Price and release date
The American automaker was tight lipped about the 2017 Ford Fiesta ST200 price saying official prices will be released close to its release date in the second half of 2016. The ST200 will be more expensive than the current ST which has an MSRP of $ 20,970. Expect a starting price of around $ 25,000 for the ST200.
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