If you're wondering about the future of Ford powertrains, the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and the 2013 Ford Escape should provide all the clues you need. The entry-level crossover features a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines and exactly zero V6 options.

The smallest EcoBoost displaces only 1.6 liters, and promises terrific fuel economy and performance. That engine is the thriftiest engine in the Escape, but what if it were to reside under the hood of something much smaller? That's where the Fiesta ST Concept comes into play. The performance-oriented Fiesta is on display at the Ford exhibit in LA, and though it's a showcar for now, this B-segment hatch looks production ready.

Ford claims that in this application, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost delivers 180 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque – a whopping 60 more ponies than the naturally aspirated 1.6 featured in the garden-variety production Fiesta. Given that the base Fiesta is only 2,600 pounds, we're guessing 180 horsepower is more than enough punch to turn the Fiesta into one heck of a fun ride.

The Fiesta ST concept certainly looks the part of a high-performance hatch, with a gaping, aggressive black mesh grille, attractive body-colored moldings and chunky five-spoke 17-inch wheels. Hit the jump to read over the Ford press release, and feel free to click on the gallery above for our high-resolution photos.
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Ford unveils the bold new five-door Fiesta ST Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, indicating the direction for a high-performance Fiesta

Fiesta ST Concept features a specially tuned 180-horsepower 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost® engine to deliver spirited performance combined with fuel efficiency and low emissions
Dynamic exterior styling inspired by Fiesta RS WRC promises driver-oriented interior features

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 3, 2011 – Ford is unveiling its vision for a future high-performance Fiesta ST at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month. The Ford Fiesta ST Concept signals the next step in Ford Motor Company's global performance vehicle strategy and hints at how a future Fiesta ST model might look when it joins the Focus ST in the global small car portfolio.

The Fiesta ST Concept combines eye-catching, muscular and sporty styling with a dynamic sports chassis and a high-performance powertrain capable of delivering impressive fuel economy with low emissions.

A global Fiesta ST would extend the proud, 35-year Fiesta history of delivering high- performance thrills to small car customers. Iconic past models include the European Fiesta XR2 and XR2i, Fiesta RS1800 and RS Turbo, and the more recent first-generation Fiesta ST. The five-door Fiesta ST Concept shows the promise for a globally available performance model.

Bold and distinctive, the five-door Fiesta ST Concept embodies the spirit of Fiesta's high-performance history with an infusion of dynamic, futuristic looks and innovative technology.

"The Fiesta has a rich history of high-performance models so a new ST performance model is a logical next step in our performance vehicle strategy for our global small cars," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

The Fiesta ST Concept continues that tradition by showing how a global performance version of Ford's best-selling B-car can be both technologically advanced and dramatically styled.

"With a racing silhouette inspired by global Fiesta race and rally cars currently competing on the world stage, and influenced by the unique appearance of the all-new Focus ST, the new Fiesta ST Concept is an exciting demonstration of the road-going Fiesta's potential," Kuzak added.

Rally car-inspired, EcoBoost-powered
With the Fiesta RS World Rally car and Fiesta Rallycross cars currently demonstrating the potential of Ford's global small car in the toughest of international motorsports events, there could be no better time for Ford to offer customers a glimpse of what is technically possible with the road-going Fiesta.

Like Ford's World Rally Championship contender, Fiesta RS WRC, the Fiesta ST Concept uses a 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost® gasoline engine to deliver high-level performance.

The use of a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit in the Fiesta ST Concept and Ford's EcoBoost downsizing strategy in general reflects not only the current WRC engine guidelines but also the trend within international motorsports to deliver greater fuel economy through technological advancement.

As with all engines in the EcoBoost family, the Fiesta ST Concept's advanced engine combines turbocharging and direct injection to deliver the powerful performance of a larger-capacity, traditional gasoline engine.

Like the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that will power the production Ford Focus ST, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost in the Fiesta ST Concept also features twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and has been specially developed to provide power and torque worthy of the ST badge.

In the Fiesta ST Concept, the 1.6-liter Ford EcoBoost engine achieves a target output of 180 horsepower with 177 lb.-ft. of torque.

Yet the advanced design of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine – connected to a six-speed manual transmission – means the Fiesta ST Concept also delivers lower emissions.

Improving fuel economy and emissions remains one of the driving factors behind Ford's continuing development of the EcoBoost engine family, with the Fiesta ST Concept proving that responsible and attractive fuel economy need not come at the expense of performance.

Bold design
The Fiesta ST's bold and assertive styling makes an immediate impression and drives home the high-performance message with a number of striking features and design themes. The large, distinctive trapezoidal grille echoes a key feature of its larger sibling, the new Focus ST, and incorporates a honeycomb mesh design.

At the rear a dramatic diffuser design leaves no doubt as to the sporting credentials of the Fiesta ST Concept. The diffuser also envelops a twin-exit exhaust.

A lowered stance, widened wheel arches filled with 17-inch alloy wheels and full ST body kit mirror the styling of the Ford Fiesta WRC competition car – an alluring form that also delivers racing functionality.

Motorsports-influenced performance and handling
Taking inspiration from Ford's competition Fiestas in the World Rally Championship, Global Rallycross Championship, European Rallycross Championship and X Games, the Ford Global Performance Vehicles group has developed the Fiesta ST Concept to deliver uncompromised sports performance and handling.

Tuned suspension geometry ensures dynamic and competent handling that can flatter less-experienced drivers while rewarding those seeking to push the limits of the Fiesta ST's sports performance.

"With the Focus ST we promised to deliver uncompromised sports performance and styling to a truly global audience for the first time, without sacrificing Ford's key values of Quality, Green, Safe and Smart," said Jost Capito, Ford director of Global Performance Vehicles. "With the Fiesta ST Concept, we are demonstrating that our global performance plan has legs.

"The Fiesta ST Concept shows in the most dramatic way possible that the qualities that define an ST are not limited to one model," he added. "The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience is laid bare by this exciting new concept."


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      Skicat
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a former SVT Focus owner, givin' Ford all props on this. Build it!
      Dick Cheney
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really nicely cleaned up, especially the ground effects under the grill.
      Chilipepper
      • 3 Years Ago
      So when can I pick mine up?
        Anthony Thomas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chilipepper
        With the Fiat 500 Abrath, likely a hotter Chevy Sonic if cars like this prove popular and more entries, this is going to be a fun segment and AFFORDABLE.
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too slow to market! Or is their plan to have the Focus ST go on sale first.
      Matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it that they can make the Fiesta ST look awesome, where the normal Fiesta looks good/ok, but the Focus ST looks good/ok compared to the normal Focus that looks awesome?! WTF, Ford?
        Darnell Robeson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Huhh?
          Matt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Darnell Robeson
          I like everything about the Focus ST... except for that horrible mouth!!! Well, that, and the corners where the bumper meets the wheel arches; it's as if they've taken an air pump to it and popped out all the sculpting. WHY??? What was so un-sporty about the regular Focus's three-hole arrangement? I wonder if I can order the ST with the regular front... probably not. Sad times.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Amendment: Maybe it will look better in a different color...
        Anthony Thomas
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Because people that buy "commuters" don't deserve this and you'll complain the minute you have to replace your Z rated tires with more Z rated tires at 40% price increase over regular tires.
      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with the fish face?
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yawn. Go ahead and buy this car kiddies, but be prepared to eat exhaust. Ford's been taunting Subaru at races with a fake AWD car. On the street, they sell crappy torque-steering, radio-not- working, slow POS recall-mobiles. The sad part is, kids will dump time and effort in this, and still wind up behind stock wrx's. Derp.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Oh fanboys...
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Speaking of "derp": breakfastburrito, everyone.
        Jared Schwager
        • 3 Years Ago
        @breakfastburrito
        Nah they just make muscle cars that are cheaper than WRX's and have RWD which is much more fun. All in fun. Haha.
      [event horizon]
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lose a set of doors, add AWD. Then, we'll have a winner.
        TwoBits
        • 3 Years Ago
        @[event horizon]
        And add 100 more HP and 19in wheels and no back seats and........ They need to draw the line between performance and function. Especially for this segment. I think they hit the nail on the head, and this might just be my next car.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @[event horizon]
        Are you related to AcidTonic?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Because AWD costs money. It also adds weight. AWD isn't that much of a needed option in a car in the north anyway. There's plenty of ways to gain traction in a FWD or RWD car. Oh and don't call someone a prick when all you've done is been a prick.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          LOTS of weight.
        mostchillininsc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @[event horizon]
        Don't fret, AcidTonic. Elmo's the biggest troll on AB and loves nothing more than stirring the pot. If you go to the Hennessey CTS-V Sportwagen article you can see our most recent exchange there...
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will Ford stop this and give AMERICA, your own country, the Focus RS?
      jutman1776
      • 3 Years Ago
      i Still don't understand why this is a 5 door they already have a viable 5 door offering in the focus..... if it was a 3 door (like ken blocks) they would sell like hot cakes.
      iPlunger
      • 3 Years Ago
      do want
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
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