Ford’s revised Fiesta shows off fresher styling, improved features and the introduction of the International Engine of the Year to the range.
Concerning its styling, the new Fiesta is dominated by a large front grille and a power-dome for the bonnet. Certain models are sold standard with daytime running lights.
Twelve colours, including new Copper Pulse, Hot Magenta and Candy Blue, are offered on the new Fiesta.
The popular hatchback’s cabin also features a high-gloss finish for the instrument panel while Ford’s Ice Blue lighting is used to illuminate dials, switches and displays.
Power window switches and the Fiesta’s interior door handles have also been moved to allow for improved ergonomics, the carmaker says. Additional functional touches include a new central armrest with additional storage and larger door pockets.
EcoBoost comes to Fiesta
The biggest talking point on the revised Fiesta is the introduction of Ford’s International Engine of the Year to the range.
The turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, with 92kW/170Nm on tap, also comes with auto start/stop. The system automatically shuts down the engine at idle and restarts it when the driver prepares to move off. Regenerative Charging selectively engages the alternator and charges the battery when the Fiesta is coasting and braking.
In addition to the 1.0 EcoBoost engine, Ford will also feature its proven 71kW 1.4-litre petrol and 70kW 1.6-litre TDCi engines in the revised Fiesta.
Other new features for Fiesta include Sync technology that allows owners to connect digital media players and Bluetooth-enabled phones and operate them via voice commands or steering wheel controls.
MyKey is a new feature on the Fiesta and enables owners (or anxious parents) to configure, for example, the maximum speed and audio volume limits, and ensures driver aids and safety systems can’t be deactivated.
Standard safety features include standard ABS with EBD and seven airbags. Hill launch assist is offered as an option on Trend models; its standard on Titanium versions that also come with keyless entry, a power start button, auto headlamps, auto dimming rearview mirror, auto wipers and cruise control.
A number of Option Packs are also available on the new Fiesta.
The revised Fiesta is sold with a four-year or 120 000km warranty and a four-year or 60 000km service plan.
Service intervals are required at 20 000km intervals for the petrol engines and 15 000km for the diesel.
2013 Ford Fiesta prices
1.4 Ambiente 5 door – R164 400
1.6 TDCi Ambiente 5 door – R178 400
1.4 Trend 5 door – R187 600
1.6 TDCi Trend 5 door – R201 400
1.0 Ecoboost Trend 5 door – R211 200
1.0 Ecoboost Titanium 5 door – R231 500
Metallic Paint – R750
Manual Air Conditioning -R 7 460
Ford Audio System with Sync + Bluetooth – R6 670
Manual Air Conditioning + Ford Audio System with Sync + Bluetooth – R14 130
ESP/HLA/EBA – R730
Safety Pack – R5 240
Titanium Option Pack – R7 600
Leather Trim – R8 060