Ford unveiled the Fiesta Mark VI back in 2008 and with some creative marketing, it became one of the most successful models on the market - including here in the US. Now, after four years, the car is preparing to receive its first facelift - nothing big, but just enough to keep it fresh. The model will be making its official debut at the Paris Auto Show, with sales in the European market to begin shortly after.
Changes on the exterior are minimal and include a trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with daytime running lamps that use LED technology. The interior has also been updated with new technology, including the segment-first MyKey system. Under the hood, the facelift Fiesta will keep its usual engine line-up, but will also add the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine.
UPDATE 09/05/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the Ford Fiesta.
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Exterior and Interior
The facelift Fiesta features design cues inspired by the latest Ford global design language and concept vehicles. These new elements include a new trapezoidal front grille, bracketed by laser-cut headlamps with daytime running lamps that use LED technology, and a new power-dome bonnet design.
For the interior, Ford opted to add some of the latest technology the company is offering for its models. They started by adding a new Active City Stop - a system designed to help drivers avoid low speed collisions. Next, Ford added a new SYNC in-car connectivity system that delivers an unprecedented level of connectivity, as well as segment-first MyKey - a system that will help parents configure maximum speed and audio volume limits.
The facelift version of the Fiesta will continue to be offered with the same engine line-up as the current model, including the 1.6 Liter DOHC four cylinder engine that delivers an estimated 119 HP and 109 lb-ft of torque. As a first, Ford will also add the company’s new 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, which according to Ford, will deliver best-in class fuel economy.
Ford also made some changes to the car’s chassis, bringing it about 15mm closer to the ground. The model is also equipped with Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control system combined with three different stability control settings.
The new facelift Ford Fiesta will make its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show with sales to begin shortly after. Prices will be announced at a later date.
On the European market, the biggest competitors for the Ford Fiesta are the Opel Corsa and the Skoda Fabia. For the US market, it will have to face the Chevrolet Sonic and the Honda Fit.
The Sonic is offered with a choice of two engines: an Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine that produces an estimated 138 horsepower and 148 lb/ft of torque and an Ecotec 1.8-liter engine. On the other hand, the Fit comes with just one engine option: a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 117 HP at 6,600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4,800 rpm.
US version will arrive later on