The ST name has previously appeared on the Ford Focus, where a performance ST model is expected to go on sale in 2012, however it is not the turn of the small supermini hatchback to get the performance treatment.
The new concept builds on the standard Fiesta by adding a new sports chassis, a large Focus ST-inspired grille with honeycomb mesh and at the rear, a twin exhaust system.
Inside, sports seats and an ST trim level attest to the car’s more performance-oriented design.
The Ford Fiesta is now stranger to performance; the three-door hatchback has spawned a World Rally Championship car and as a result, many of the features are inspired by its racing sibling.
This includes a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine taken straight from the Fiesta WRC. The turbocharged engine has been tuned to offer more power – 180PS and 240Nm of torque – to deliver a speedy 0-62mph time under seven seconds.
However, advances in EcoBoost technology mean the engine, matched to a six-speed manual transmission, delivers sub-140g/km of CO2 emissions.
Jost Capito, Ford’s director of Global Performance Vehicles, said: “The Fiesta ST Concept shows in the most dramatic way possible that the qualities that define an ST are not limited to one model. The potential for delivering the ST experience to an even wider audience are laid bare by this striking new concept.”
The Ford Fiesta ST concept has not been confirmed for production yet, but if it is it will join the new Ford Focus ST in Ford’s performance range.
The Ford Focus ST will go on sale in the UK in 2012. Ford Focus ST prices will be revealed closer to launch, but the car will boast a 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in the UK.