The updated-for-2014 Fiesta light car will hit Australia in September, with Ford promising an improved interior and updated exterior styling.
Two engines will be on offer, with the International Engine of the Year 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost joining a 1.5 litre four-cylinder Duratec engine from December. Both units are petrol powered.
The regular Ford Fiesta range will be joined by the hotter Ford Fiesta ST, which hits the market at the same time.
Two new engine options will be available in the 2014 Ford Fiesta. The range will launch with a 1.5 litre four-cylinder Duratec engine, producing 82kW of power and 140Nm of torque.
In comparison to the outgoing 1.6 litre four-cylinder unit, the new engine uses 0.3 lt/100km less fuel with a 5.8 lt/100km figure for either manual or automatic transmission.
The 1.5 litre Duratec unit will be joined by Ford's 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in December.
The 1.0 litre unit produces 92kW and 170Nm of torque while returning 4.9 l/100km in manual form and 5.3 l/100km for the automatic.
Transmission choices are either a five-speed manual or a six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic.
The suspension package has been upgraded, which includes new bump-stops in the front. Ford claims the electric power-assisted steering has been tuned to match the new suspension characteristics.
Interior features include a leather steering wheel with audio controls, relocated electric window switches and interior door handles along with new seat fabrics and designs with more seat support.
The updated Ford Fiesta also features the Ford SYNC system for the first time, giving drivers hands-free, voice-activated in-car connectivity with mobile phones and media players.
Drivers can use voice commands to control the SYNC system, answering phone calls or selecting music from their smart phones connected via Bluetooth or USB.
Other features include optional rear parking sensors and Hill Launch Assist, which can hold the car steady for up to three seconds on a slope.
Safety features include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist (BA) along with airbags for the driver, driver’s knee and front passenger, side airbags and curtain airbags.
Details on dimensions and pricing have yet to be released.
Stay tuned to TMR for more news and pricing on the new Ford Fiesta when the range goes on sale in September.
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