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Ford's most popular cars get the ST-line treatment

The new Ford Kuga ST-Line
The new Ford Kuga ST-Line

Ford ST Line Irish launch

It is a massive year for the Ford Motor Company here in Ireland.

This April, Ford will celebrate 100 years on our little island and chairman and managing director of Ford Ireland, Ciarán McMahon, tells us that he has big surprises in store – not just for Ford drivers – but for all Irish motorists.

The Ford factory in Co. Cork, which opened back in 1917 initially to manufacture tractors, holds a special place in our Irish hearts as it was the first to be ‘purpose-built’ by Ford in Europe.

And, the company of Henry Ford and Son Limited – Fordson – was officially incorporated on April 17, 1917, starting its life on the site of an old Cork racecourse.

So maybe with racing in its heritage, this week Ford Ireland has launched a new ST-Line model range, featuring vehicles with sporty styling inspired by Ford Performance and offering a range of powerful and efficient EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engine options.

The ST-Line versions of some of Ford’s most popular models are now available.

Delivering bold exterior and interior designs inspired by Ford’s acclaimed Fiesta ST and Focus ST performance models, the new ST-Line range is designed for customers who aspire to the sporty image of Ford’s ST models but do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies.

The ST-Line range is offered with a range of powerful engines including Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, sport suspension and body styling, unique alloy wheel designs, sport seats and sport steering wheel and alloy pedals for the interior.

“With our new ST-Line range, even more customers can experience sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, Fiesta ST200 and Ford GT supercar,” said Ciarán McMahon.

“With its sporty looks, extra powered engines and good value, I am sure our new ST-Line range will appeal to a broad range of buyers.”

The new Ford ST-Line models are available only with high-power engine derivatives that complement the enhanced driving dynamics delivered by sport suspension.

For example, the Fiesta ST-Line model boasts Ford’s award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine with higher power outputs of 100bhp and 125bhp. For the Focus ST-

Line, diesels on offer include a 120bhp 1.5-litre TDCi or a 2.0-litre 150bhp option.

Ford Performance car cues abound in the ST-Line specification, including exclusive rock alloy wheels, body-coloured styling kit, sports suspension, sports-style seats, black headliner and sports pedals and ambient lighting.

Prices for the new ST Line in Ireland start at €21,350 for the Ford Fiesta 5-door 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol, €24,875 for the Ford Focus 5-door 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol, €34,295 for the Ford Mondeo 5-door 2.0 TDCi and €36,145 for the Ford Kuga 5-door 1.5 litre TDCi.

We did get a quick look ans spin around the new ST-Line this week and we were very impressed with the look and feel. We will bring you a full review when we get behind the wheel in the coming months.