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2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: Ford Fiesta ST Concept Debut

By Jason Davis | November 14, 2011
What's New The Ford Fiesta ST Concept is making its world debut this week in Los Angeles. The stylish sub-compact has been a popular draw for the blue oval, but it's lacked a certain punch—until now. Armed with 180 horsepower, the small 1.6-liter 4-cylinder makes 60 more horsepower than the base Fiesta. That engine rates 38 mpg on the highway, and the EcoBoost ST shouldn't be too far behind that figure. Compared to the base model, the ST looks the sporty type, with larger alloy wheels and low-profile tires, and muscular bodywork accentuating its brawnier intent. Of course, interior features should be similar to base trims, with the exception of ST styled monikers and fabrics to visually set the ST apart. Who It's For The base Fiesta is Ford’s most economical subcompact. Based on the popular subcompact, the Fiesta ST Concept's powerful turbo engine will not hurt Ford's CAFE count, but most importantly, it brings to the table an attractive, fun, and powerful sportster at an affordable price. This car is for enthusiasts and world rally fans, college students, and young tech-minded professionals who want a lot of bang for not a lot of buck. To be certain, though, its four doors and handy-hatch cargo space can accommodate adventurers and gear-carrying weekenders. And a modest, young family, too (or a full-grown European family of five). Key Features Ford has packed the Fiesta ST Concept with a powerful, but efficient engine, but there are other interesting features, also. And, if it’s anything like the Fiesta before it, the new ST will be feature-packed with the newest in infotainment. Look for:
  • Engine: Whooooosh is the sound of neighing ponies, all 180 of them.
  • Interior: The concept includes a sport-themed interior, including Recaro performance bucket seats for the driver and front passenger.
What We Think The hot hatch segment is heating up, and the Fiesta ST, the smallest and lightest hatch available, could potentially also be the most fun. It's not the most powerful, but the new 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine promises to bridge the gap between efficiency and power in an attractive package. Of course, we can't wait to confirm when we get our hands on one.
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta St Side
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta St Front
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta St Front Three Quarter
  • 2012 Ford Fiesta St Rear