Next Ford Fiesta ST: Does A Turbo-3 Even Make Sense?

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Ford has confirmed that the next-gen Fiesta will arrive with an ST-trim during launch day and they even said that the performance-focused Fiesta will rely on a turbocharged 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

The announcement left a section of the performance lovers worried because they don’t see how a 3-cylinder mill is better than a 4-cylinder mill like how it was in previous Fiesta ST.

Well, these folks should know that the upcoming 1.5L turbocharged 3-cylinder engine is only going down 100cc in displacement from the previous model. Hence, it is not going to be difficult for the mill to clock the same amount of horsepower and torque.

Furthermore, the 3-pot will be lighter in weight and this can boost the speed of the Fiesta ST. Then there is the fact that 3-pot engines are capable to offer better sound than 4-cylinder mills.

The only setback is that there won’t be much room for heavy modifications on the powertrain. But then again, heavy mods are not really necessary for the Fiesta ST as its small size means that there is a limit to the power output. Going past that boundary will only make the Fiesta ST more dangerous to drive.

The icing on the cake is that the Fiesta ST’s turbo-3 will be the first in the world to feature cylinder deactivation. This will allow it to offer greater mileage and emissions without hurting performance. So back to the question in the title above, our answer is yes the 3-pot on the FiST makes sense.