German-sourced hot hatch pushed back by six months, meaning we'll have to wait a little longer for the pint-sized performance model.

The hotly-anticipated Ford Fiesta ST has been delayed for Australia, now scheduled for a "late 2019" arrival Down Under.

Despite announcing a second quarter 2019 launch 12 months ago, Ford Australia has pushed back the introduction of its three-cylinder pint-sized hot hatch, with no official reasoning as yet.

This means the Blue Oval will be forced to go without an entry-level performance model even longer, given both the previous Fiesta ST and Focus ST have been out go production for some time.

It also suggests Ford Australia will have a big few months of hot hatch launches from late this year through early 2020, given the next-generation Focus ST is currently slated for an "early 2020" arrival Down Under.

Power in the Fiesta ST comes from a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 'EcoBoost' turbo petrol engine, developing a healthy 147kW and 290Nm – up 13kW and 50Nm over the previous-generation, four-cylinder model.

Drive continues to be sent exclusively to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, with the 0-100 sprint taking a claimed 6.7 seconds.

We'll have to wait until closer to the Fiesta ST's local launch for details like pricing and specification, though we'd wager Ford will aim to price the little hot hatch around the $30,000 mark, given its arch nemesis, the (DSG only) Volkswagen Polo GTI, is currently listed from $30,990 before on-road costs.

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