Ford will be killing pretty much all of its cars, which will either be a brilliant move from a profit perspective or backfire spectacularly. The good news is that the Fiesta ST will stick around for the 2019 model year, along with a cheaper version that will give you the looks of the ST, but not the moves.
Our friends at CarsDirect.com got the scoop on the 2019 Ford Fiesta ST which remains unchanged from the 2018 model save for a $55 price bump. It will still have the 1.6-liter EcoBoost in the ST. rated at 197 hp and 202 lb-ft of torque and retain the angry guppy attitude we all know and love.
But Senior Pricing Analyst Alex Bernstein also spotted the availability of a cheaper version of the ST called the Fiesta ST Line, which will basically give you the all the show of the hot-hatch ST without the go.
“With an MSRP of $17,625, the 2019 Fiesta ST Line will be $3,715 less expensive than the regular ST. Including a destination charge of $875, it’ll start at just $18,500, compared to the standard ST’s price of $22,215.
In terms of looks, the ST Line appears set to feature much of the same aggressive bodywork as the ST, including its distinctive front fascia, a high-mounted rear spoiler and dual chrome tipped exhaust.
It’s unclear whether or not the ST Line will offer any advantage in terms of power. A representative for Ford did not return a request for comment.”
The Fiesta ST Line will be available with a five-speed manual or automatic transmission, unlike that ST that is three-pedal only. Fiesta fans with a keen eye will be able to spot the differences between the ST Line and the real deal in the wheels. The ST Line gets 16-inch black painted aluminum wheels with a 10-spoke design shod with P195/50R16 tires, while ST comes with 17-inch Rado Gray wheels with 205/40R17 summer tires.
Despite the lower price point, the Fiesta ST Line doesn’t seem worth it. Buyers can already score pretty substantial discounts on both the Fiesta ST and Focus ST. So unless you are in the market for a sporty looking compact that isn’t all that fast but has a cool body kit and some sweet badges, it may be best to pony up the cash for the real thing before these cars are phased out in the 2020 model year.