Ford gives its beloved Fiesta a facelift and adds mild hybrid

By DPA | 19 September 2021


LONDON: Ford is injecting some life into the Fiesta with a fresh face, a more economical engine, a bigger equipment range and updated assistance systems.

The latest version of the best-selling car, which is still available as a three- or five-door model, can be recognised from the outside by a higher bonnet and a correspondingly larger radiator grille with a new integrated brand logo.

But the biggest change on the outside is only visible when it gets dark. LED headlights are to be standard in future and optionally available with the glare-free matrix technology.

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Inside, according to Ford, there is a larger touch display in the centre console, apps with better connectivity and some new assistance functions such as a wrong-way driver warning.

The most important upgrade, however, is under the bonnet: the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo now becomes a mild hybrid with an electric starter generator.

In addition, it now acknowledges the commands of the automatic start-stop system more gently, recovers more energy while braking and gets a small boost when starting. According to Ford, it's available with 125 or 155 horsepower.

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Alternatively, the same engine without 48-volt technology is available with 100 hp as well as a basic 1.1-litre petrol engine with 75 hp.

The updated Fiesta ST sports model with 1.5 litres and 200hp is also still on offer.

Ford puts fuel consumption at 5.0 to 6.4 litres (112 to 145 g/km CO2 emissions). Performance figures have not yet been announced.

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