2018 Ford Fiesta ST Expected To Feature Electronically Adjustable Suspension

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Ford revealed the 2017 Fiesta yesterday, which marked the introduction of the next generation of the Blue Oval’s subcompact hatchback.
Within the presentation, Ford’s officials stated that this is the “world’s most technologically advanced small car.” The American automaker might justify that statement through the introduction of an eight-inch multimedia screen, along with another digital display integrated into the gauge cluster.

Ford even fitted the new Fiesta with the first cylinder deactivation system for a three cylinder engine. All of these elements are enough to say that the new Fiesta is the most technologically advanced car in its class. However, there’s no word on all the other engines in the range, and nothing on the next ST.

We already know that Ford will make an ST version of the Fiesta, and we are beginning to have an idea of how it will look after the company revealed an image of a 2017 Fiesta in ST-line trim, which anticipates what every hot hatch enthusiast is expecting. Evidently, the next Fiesta ST will get the primary aesthetic cues of the 2017 Fiesta, but it will also have its distinctive elements.

Most likely, Ford will not go for an extreme makeover, as a more discreet attitude for the ST models is what the Blue Oval applied to recent models of this series. That means that you will not see a Fiesta ST with a massive rear wing, or with huge spoilers and other eye-catching elements.

A recent rumor suggests that Ford will implement an electronically adjustable suspension on the next Fiesta ST. There’s no word on a system like that for the 2017 Fiesta, but that might change when it hits the market, and the ST could make use of a system that would allow the driver to select between several settings of shock stiffness, along with other driving modes.

As we noted when we drove the Fiesta ST200, the conventional suspension was impressively adjusted, and that allowed the car to be comfortable on longer drives, while stiff enough to handle dynamic driving. In short, Ford could implement a setup like on the current Focus RS, but it might not have to do it.

The Focus RS is the first model of the performance-oriented lineup from the Blue Oval that comes with selectable drive modes and an electronically adjustable suspension. The latter is supplied by a company called Tenneco, which owns the Monroe and Walker brands, and is based on an intelligent valve (computer controlled) within the shock absorber.
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