• Mar 18th 2010 at 2:57PM
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2011 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost – Click above for high-res image gallery

The EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 found in the Ford Flex and Taurus SHO has quickly become one of our favorite mills on the market. But what we've really been hankering for from FoMoCo is its smaller displacement offerings, specifically the 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines slated to arrive next year.

Along with the Fusion, the all-new Fiesta is set to get a boosted mill sometime in 2011, and these newest spy shots reveal that a high-performance version of Ford's diminutive hatch is in the works.

Tucked behind a modified version of the Euro-market Fiesta's Titanium Trim front fascia is a slim intercooler matched with blacked-out trim, a subtle body kit and a prototype rear diffuser modified to fit the European-spec rear bumper and dual exhausts. A set of 17-inch anthracite Speedline wheels complete the package, which poses two questions.

One, is this a prototype of a production vehicle or something that's planned for this November's SEMA Show? Either way, Ford's got big plans for its new three-door and showing off its aftermarket potential is sure to be high on the priority list.

Two, which EcoBoosted engine is powering the mule? The smart money's on Ford's new 1.6-liter inline four, which should be good for around 170 horsepower and a similar amount of torque in turbo'd form. The less-than-plausible, yet far more compelling, option is the Fusion's forthcoming turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, which is good for between 230 and 250 hp and 240 pound-feet of twist. Obviously, we're hoping for the latter, but we'd be just as content with the 1.6-liter option and the possibility of future models turning up the wick even further.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, im not even going to lie. That might be THE perfect daily driver.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed - love the look of this. the 1.6, 6m tranny, 3dr, sunroof, pwr locks and windows + keyless, and nothing else, assuming the speedlines (or something looking similar) are the stock wheel.

        throw my Yakima on the roof and I'm done.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it really all comes down to wither or not we get the 3 door

        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, well I still havent seen anything that says we get the 3-dr. I keep asking and praying but nobody is saying squat so i am not optimistic

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take a CRZ, 120HP is better. Who needs to get to 60 in less than 10 seconds.
      Seriously though, this is how you build a sport compact. The mazdaspeed3 and this car really should own the market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Unfortunately the low 20mpg of the mazdaspeed 3 really hurts it.
        I hope they put a real motor into it soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        but the turbo fiesta will weigh hundreds of pounds less

        why would you get the hot hatch that is heavy?

        and wait until you see actual mpg numbers, my guess is it will be very close between the crz and turbo fiesta
        • 5 Years Ago

        A real motor??? It has 263 HP and 280ft-lb.

        I just bought a '10 MS3 and I can get 30 on the highway and I average around 25. The EPA rating is WAYYY off.

        Anyway, a Fiesta with about 180HP would be COTY in my book. That is unless Ford brought us a Fusion with a 2 liter 260HP Ecoboost. Ford is quickly gaining ground.
      • 5 Years Ago
      170hp/tq would make this car a friggin' monster!!

      I'd be down for it because basically it'd be a cheap Mini Cooper S with styling that agrees with me. Under 20k is what i'm looking for. I'm sure Ford can deliver.

      Even the Cooper S is faster than my 190hp 2.8L BMW. I'd ditch this car in an instant for an upgrade like that.

      But please, for the love of god, bring us the 3 door.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Other manufactures better take notice cuz I have a feeling this car will sell like hot bread....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see the final production version, and then I cant wait to take it for a spin... I am really looking forward to the 2.0T Fusion aswell if not more tho. Both of these cars are going to sell like wild fire! Ford is on one heck of a roll I cant wait to say I am proud to own a Ford! So hurry up Ford and get me an ecoboosted Fusion already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      First, we're not suposed to have the 3-doors here. Second, This is the European front bumper.

      I don't really believe this...
        • 5 Years Ago
        a turbo 3 door would be too good to be true

        i had given up on the fiesta for my next car specifically because it was not going to be offered in 3 door, i will have to pay more attention to this car from now on
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a Cologne build Fiesta! It still has the green Euro-4 emission level sticker on the front screen. The extended rear spoiler is a part used for the sporty "S" version in Europe as well as the rest of the body kit. What's really new is the double exhaust. So there might be something unknown under the hood...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, the car has an M-tag on it and it appears that the picture was taken at the Ford Dearborn complex across from the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, if I'm not mistaken. With that in mind, it would seem legitimate enough to be a development mule, whether it was US-market intent or not...
        • 5 Years Ago

        Where does it say they couldn't sell the 3-door as a hi-po version?

        They've already hinted around that there will be a global performance version of the new global vehicles. This is the first example of that.

        And to differentiate it more from the run-of-the-mill Fiesta they could use the Euro fascia. to me it looks like a fairly production ready vehicle. I would be willing to bet something from this will be ready by this time next year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Ford Fiesta used to be an economy car for people too poor to afford a larger car.
      Now the Ford Fiesta is a hot hatch for people who are environmentally conscious.
        • 5 Years Ago
        any 'tree hugger' image the car might have is a stigma that i can get past if the car is awesome
      • 5 Years Ago
      1.6 = Fiesta
      2.0 = Focus

      and i'm good with that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a chance to sit in the new Fiesta at an auto show.I liked it a lot. Sound dash layout and the exterior styling is groovy. Looks like a hit, if priced right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice hot hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      MotorTrend says we're supposed to get an I3 and an I4 ecoboost for the Fiesta. Personally I'd pass on the I3 allegedly it has dual balance shafts but I'd still except high NVH.
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