Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Frankfurt: Ford Fiesta ST concept and Suzuki Swift Sport: Will they appear here?

Appearing right now at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show are two outstanding hot hatches: The above-pictured 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport and the below pictured Ford Fiesta ST concept.

The two are quite different. The Suzuki comes with a 134 hp. normally aspirated engine. The Ford concept (yes, concept) has a 175–180 hp. turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. Both look great, in my opinion, flaunting econo-sexy hot-hatch three-door guises. I'd rock either one, frankly.

The big question is, could I actually rock either one living in the U.S.? We keep hearing rumors of the Suzuki Swift coming to the U.S. However, the last conversation I had with Suzuki's PR folks (which was last week) was not too confidence inspiring. So, perhaps there's a better chance of the U.S. getting Fiesta ST? I haven't heard any for sure, but I have heard the turbo Fiesta rumors since 2009. Would the U.S. get the three door, though?

Since there is about to be a hot-hatch battle here on the U.S. market soon (think MINI Cooper S, Fiat 500 Abarth, even Chevrolet Sonic Turbo), I can see Ford throwing its blue oval-shaped hat into the ring. The Swift is one of the few Suzukis American enthusiasts seem to want, but of course, can't get. So, maybe American Suzuki Motor Corporation will finally give us what we want.

It's all speculation until the rubber hits the road, so we'll just have to wait and see.


D2M said...

It's too cool for America, that's what I think. :P

Chris said...

All just my informed guesses, but:

1) Suzuki - no, unfortunately.

2) Fiesta - yes, but 5-door only in the U.S.

nlpnt said...

I would guess the same. *Maybe* the Fiesta ST'll make it as a 3-door, as a sop to the people who want a Focus coupe (which won't happen because 1)that would overlap into Mustang territory, and 2) Ford's had two compact coupes in the last 10-12 years and both were flops).

Chevy HHR cold air intake said...

Both cars are great and I agree with you that they should be in America, too. Despite their performance and specs, it isn't that bad.

Dealership Posting said...

My friend has a fiesta. It makes me one to buy one, too.

Craigslist Dealerships said...

I agree. Bring them to the US.