The Everest Concept certainly took the limelight at Ford’s display at the 2014 Bangkok International Motor Show. It’s deservingly so, because the almost-production ready 7-seater, three-row SUV is expected to bolster Ford’s SUV line-up.
Though I wasn’t there personally (so this is all based on Twitter and Instragram shares), seems there’s another car at the Ford stand that almost went unnoticed: the Fiesta ST. Though it may just be a body kit to promote the Need for Speed movie where another Ford, the Mustang plays the hero car, seems it’s too correct to be just a slapped on body kit. First of all, notice the honeycomb mesh grille with the unmistakable ST badge. And then you have the one-piece revised front bumper (no add on extensions here). Even the wheels are correct—the 17-inch Rado Gray wheels.
If this is indeed the Fiesta ST then it’s going to be powered by a 1.6-liter version of Ford’s EcoBoost engine. This will make it a pocket rocket given all 197 horsepower and 274 Nm of torque are sent through the front wheels. The sole transmission is a 6-speed manual transmission. The suspension remains a MacPherson Strut/Twist Beam combination with Torque Vectoring Control (TVC).
Ford has yet to make an official announcement on the Fiesta ST for the ASEAN market, but we’re all crossing our fingers. Though they usually release models that make business sense, they did go ahead and launch the Mustang to a resounding success. So, will we see a Fiesta ST? Stay tuned. It could be earlier than you think.