New face and the new 1.0L EcoBoost… I’ll take the 1.5L TDCi please
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 26, 2012
Refreshed Ford Fiesta for Europe - $15,831 on-the-road in the UK to start and an incredible 68 mpgUS combined on the NEDC or approximately 54 to 55 mpgUS on our own EPA when equipped with the 1.6L Turbo Diesel.
The new Ford Fiesta will hit Europe with not just one anemic powertrain like we have here in the US but get this, six powertrains offering incredible fuel economy even after adjusting for the British Imperial gallons and NEDC to EPA results.
Since 1976, Ford has sold more than 15 million Fiestas around the world and the new mid-model refresh includes a new front end a host of exclusive technology features plus the aforementioned six powertrains.
Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop system, which automatically shuts down the engine when the vehicle is at idle and restarts the engine when the driver wants to move off, will be available at launch with the 1.0L EcoBoost, 1.0L DI and 1.6L TDCi ECOnetic as standard equipment. Ford’s 6-speed Powershift transmission is also introduced to the range for the first time although it would be best if you stuck with the 6-speed MT for better fuel economy.
Fiesta will be equipped for the first time in the UK with:
- 99 and 123 HP 1.0-litre EcoBoost gasoline engines
- 79 HP direct injected 1.0L gasoline engine
- 74 HP 1.5L TDCi turbo diesel engine with optimized fuel injection, low-friction piston coatings and a variable pressure oil pump.
- 94 HP 1.6L TDCi turbo diesel engine
- 104 HP 1.6L Ti-VCT gasoline engine
- 59 and 81 HP 1.25L gasoline engine
Ford has developed new chassis and suspension components to improve ride quality and tuned the Ford Electronic Power Assisted Steering system for better handling. An area where the Fiesta did quite well for itself to begin with!
Driver assistance and safety features will include MyKey that allows parents to encourage/enforce safer driving and limit their teenager’s exposure to risk at the wheel, as well as in-car connectivity system SYNC.
SYNC will feature Emergency Assistance that directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region while continuing to converse with the driver in English if purchased in the UK. <-- Is that cool or what
Also introduced to new Fiesta is first-in-class technology Active City Stop, a system already well received in Focus, designed to help drivers avoid low speed collisions. Active City Stop will be available as part of an optional Driver Assistance pack (including rear parking sensors and powerfold mirrors).
The new version of the best-selling Fiesta features a sharper front end design including laser-cut headlamps incorporating LED technology (on Titanium and Titanium X) and a power-dome bonnet. Ford ergonomics and interior design experts have reconfigured the Fiesta interior with relocated switch-gear, new materials, interfaces and displays.
A Titanium X model will be introduced into the UK which broadens this specification further by adding features such as the Keyfree system and partial leather as standard.
Now all we need to get rid of here is that lame 1.6L with the replacement being the 1.0L EcoBoost with a tall geared 6speed stick. The 1.5L Turbo Diesel would be even nicer but Ford is not yet ready to compete with VW in the realm of the fuel saving giants.