Ford has reportedly given the green light to a hot-hatch version of the new Fiesta sub-compact, which will be called the ST. According to a report by AutoExpress, the Fiesta ST will get a version of the 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder used in the C-Max MPV. It is expected to make around 180-hp and deliver a 0-60 mph time in the six to seven second range. The car will remain front-drive and will come with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission. Other highlights are likely to include a stiffer suspension, aerodynamic upgrades and larger wheels and tires.
The car is made possible by Ford’s new OneFord approach, using economies of scale for the EcoBoost 1.6-liter to serve both a functional and fuel efficient purpose in the C-Max, as well as a performance purpose in the Fiesta. Ford has denied any such vehicle is in its products plans, but recent spy photos in Detroit have shown a test vehicle sporting an intercooler – suggesting the car may also be slated for sale in the U.S.
If it does arrive at U.S. dealerships, its not likely to be until 2011, with an expected debut at the Geneva Auto Show.