Ford needs to sell all those leftover Fiestas somehow.
Fact: the Ford Fiesta lineup will soon be gone in America. Same goes for the Focus, Fusion and Taurus. As we already know, Ford is planning to ditch a majority of its car lineup, save for the Mustang and upcoming Focus Active, starting in 2020. Until then, those vehicles will remain on sale until inventories are gone. Cars Direct has learned, however, that Ford will launch the Fiesta ST Line for 2019, a sort of lightened version of the Fiesta ST hot hatch, pictured here. And yes, the Fiesta Line will cost quite a bit less.
With an MSRP of $18,500 (including destination), the Fiesta ST Line will be $3,715 less expensive than the Fiesta ST, which begins at $22,215, also with destination. Because of the lower price tag, the Fiesta ST Line won't receive a number of the ST's features. For starters, it'll come standard with a five-speed manual instead of a six-speed like in the Fiesta ST. Ford will also offer it with an optional six-speed automatic for $1,095. Without question the biggest "downgrade" will be instead of the Fiesta ST's 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 197 hp at 202 lb-ft of torque, the Fiesta ST Line will instead come with a 1.6-liter inline-four. Output has yet to be announced.
To offer a clue regarding that output, the 1.6-liter inline four in the regular Fiesta is rated at 120 hp and 112 lb-ft. Maybe Ford will boost output, or maybe it won't. In any case, the Fiesta ST Line will borrow much of the Fiesta ST's aggressive bodywork, such as its front fascia, rear spoiler, and dual chrome tipped exhaust. However, some differences will include 16-inch, not the ST's 17-inch gray wheels wearing summer rubber, black painted aluminum wheels with a 10-spoke design. The interior is set to receive bucket seats with "sport embossed bolsters" instead of the ST's sports seats. The Recaro sport seats will not be optional. Several unique exterior paint options will be available.
Other items the Fiesta ST Line won't offer are a sport suspension, push-button start, 6-way manual driver's seat, and a Sony-sourced 8-speaker stereo. So why is Ford doing the 2019 Fiesta ST Line in the first place? Likely because the Fiesta Titanium has been dropped as the ST Line will serve as a solid choice slotted between the SE and ST. There's also plenty of unsold Fiestas looking for buyers and creating a value-packed performance option could be a good way to reduce that inventory.