At least in Europe, it's available in three- and five-door configurations.

Rather than staging months of teasers (we’re looking at you Dodge Challenger SRT Demon), Ford Performance is simply ripping the sheet off the new 2018 Fiesta ST. Not only does the new hot hatch look great, but Ford is trying something a little different in the segment by putting a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder under the hood rather than the usual four-pot engine.

The new mill produces 197 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, and it can get the Fiesta ST to 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) from a standstill in 6.7 seconds. In comparison, the current 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder makes 180 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque in the standard Fiesta ST in Europe or 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque in the base North American version.

2018 Ford Fiesta ST

As if a 1.5-litre isn’t small enough, the engine also has cylinder deactivation. Under light loads, the powerplant can run on just two cylinders to save fuel and lower emissions. Ford claims that the 14 milliseconds necessary for returning to full power makes the switch seamless.

Selectable drive modes also let the driver fine-tune the way the hot hatch feels. The Normal, Sport, and Track settings affect the Electronic Sound Enhancement and active exhaust noise control valve to make the little powerplant sound meaner when the time comes for an enthusiastic drive. Each one also tweaks the throttle mapping, steering, and stability control.

The Fiesta ST’s high-tech engine is useless if the hot hatch can’t get the power down. Ford gives the little vehicle torque vectoring that brakes the inside front wheel while cornering as a means to reduce understeer.

The new hot hatch looks fantastic from the front with its wavy mesh grille, but we’re curious to see the model from other angles. In these photos, the rear end doesn’t have aggressive styling to match the face.

2018 Ford Fiesta ST

Inside, occupants sit in well-bolstered Recaro seats and grip a flat-bottom steering wheel. Ford is promising lots of styling options for the cabin, too. The eight-inch Sync 3 infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The new Fiesta ST makes a public debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. Sales in Europe begin in early 2018, and customers can pick from three- or five-door configurations. There’s no word yet about the launch date or available configurations in the United States or Canada.

Source: Ford

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