From winning rally championships in R2 running gear to looking completely awesome in its full WRC outfit and dominating the streets of San Francisco with Ken Block behind the wheel, the Fiesta has made a huge impact.
For 2013, the new Fiesta, in from-the-factory street-trim is targeting best-in-class fuel economy with six available powertrains for the UK market. Whether the Fiesta will be seeing the same treatment on our shores is still up in the air.
“Ford’s new Fiesta is taking compact car fuel efficiency to new heights, with the help of advanced new technologies,” said Glen Goold, new Fiesta global chief program engineer, Ford of Europe.
“Fiesta broke the mould as a stylish, practical, forward-thinking and, most importantly, economical small car, when first launched in 1976 when fuel efficiency was at the forefront of most people’s minds,” added Goold. “That thinking has guided the creation of the new Fiesta today as much as it did the original vehicle.”
15 million Fiestas have been sold around the world and with the sharper new model coming around, along with a wider range of motors, this party doesn’t show any signs of slowing.
Fiesta will be equipped for the first time in the UK with:
- 100 hp and 125 hp 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engines, the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”
- 80 hp 1.0-liter petrol engines with direct-injection and Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing
- 75 hp 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with optimized fuel injection, low-friction piston coatings and a variable pressure oil pump
Customers will also be able to choose from:
- 95 hp 1.6-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, producing 148 lb-ft of torque
- 105 hp, 1.6-liter Ti-VCT petrol engine
- 60 hp and 82 hp 1.25-liter petrol engine
Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop system will be available at launch with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost, 1.0-liter petrol and 1.6-liter Duratorq as a standard option. Also for the first time is Ford’s advanced 6-speed Powershift transmission. While this is all nice to hear, we’re most excited about the possibility of the Fiesta ST coming to the US market, as an ST model is planned for early 2013.
The Fiest ST will sport a 1.6-liter EcoBoost mill, making 182hp. In a car this light, and with forced-induction form the factory, this will open up some awesome tuning doors.
The new Fiesta is built on a newly developed range of chassis and suspension components meant to improve the ride quality and refinement while also being sure to create a dynamic handling experience with sporty characteristics.
Of course the Fiest will have Ford’s SYNC system, now featuring Emergency Assistance that directly connects the occupants to local emergency service operators after an accident, and in the correct language for wherever you are, while still communicating with the driver in English. Honestly, that’s just pretty awesome.
For those in the UK looking to class-up their Fiesta, a Titanium X model will introduced later on, offering features like leather and a Keyfree system as standard.
The new Fiesta will be available in European showrooms in early 2013.