The Ford Fiesta has lengthy been Britain’s finest promoting automotive, however to this point in 2021 this vastly well-liked supermini – now in its seventh-generation – has been trailing its perennial rival, the Vauxhall Corsa, within the new automotive registration charts. Sound timing then, for an essential mid-life replace.
In a bid to claw again some floor, Ford has unveiled this: the brand new, facelifted Fiesta, and it’s armed with revised styling, inside updates and extra tech. Costs begin at £16,620 and it is on sale now forward of first deliveries early subsequent 12 months.
The design of the up to date Fiesta previews Ford’s new household face, which is able to function on all the model’s upcoming fashions. The grille is bigger and extra angular than earlier than, and Ford’s blue oval badge is now housed inside it, relatively than above it. The bonnet has additionally been resculpted, and the nostril of the automotive raised, with new LED headlights giving a meaner look.
Sporty ST-Line fashions obtain a extra aggressive entrance bumper, with a gloss black honeycomb mesh grille. The decrease grille association can also be extra deeply sculpted, with new silver inserts. On the different finish of the spectrum, the rugged, high-riding Fiesta Lively will get vertical grille bars, plastic physique cladding and silver trim accents on the entrance.
The flanks of the Fiesta stay untouched, though there are seven new wheel designs to select from. On the rear, the taillights have been darkened, and there’s a brand new contrasting matte and gloss black diffuser end. Two new colors have been added to the paint palette; Boundless Blue and Lovely Berry.
The brand new Fiesta sees a barely restructured trim line-up, comprising Pattern, Titanium, ST-Line and Lively variants, together with the ST sizzling hatch. The luxurious Vignale mannequin has been scrapped. As an alternative, Vignale now refers to an possibility pack obtainable with Titanium, ST-Line and Lively fashions, which brings 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels, premium Sensico artificial leather-based seats and new inside trim items.
Apart from this, the brand new Fiesta retains the identical cabin structure as earlier than, however with new infotainment and security know-how. An important addition is a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, which may be configured by the driving force and options changeable graphics that correspond to the automotive’s drive mode. These include Regular, Sport and Eco, with the Fiesta Lively gaining Path and Slippery modes.
Additionally among the many updates is a ‘Mistaken Manner Alert’, which makes use of a digicam mounted to the windscreen along side the automotive’s navigation system to warn the driving force if they’re travelling in opposition to oncoming site visitors. Matrix LED headlights can now be specified with the Fiesta, which block particular person gentle rays to keep away from blinding oncoming vehicles when the high-beam is enabled. The headlights additionally adapt to particular driving eventualities – the beam sample routinely adjusts to supply clearer imaginative and prescient throughout unhealthy climate and low-speed manoeuvres, for instance.
The facelifted Fiesta carries over the array of security programs from the earlier mannequin, which incorporates adaptive cruise management with ‘cease and go’ performance, computerized emergency braking and a blind spot monitoring system. New to the automotive is a system known as ‘Rear Occupant Alert’, which helps the driving force keep away from leaving pets or kids within the again seat.
This function is included as a part of the Fiesta’s non-obligatory SYNC 3 infotainment system, which fits unchanged. It makes use of the identical 8-inch touchscreen as earlier than, and options Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 180 diploma rear view digicam. Additional choices embrace a wi-fi smartphone charging pad and a 575-watt B&O stereo.
Final 12 months, the Fiesta obtained an up to date powertrain line-up that features a pair of mild-hybrid petrol items. The revised mannequin makes use of these current engines, which suggests the engine line-up begins with a 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder motor producing 99bhp, paired to a six-speed handbook transmission. Claimed effectivity figures are 45.2mpg and 118 g/km of CO2 on the WLTP cycle.
Two 48-volt mild-hybrid choices sit above this, and likewise use a 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine – that is mixed with a belt-driven starter/generator and a 48-volt battery pack for improved efficiency and effectivity. The system additionally permits extra seamless stop-start integration, which might shut off the engine when coasting beneath 15mph. The hybrid produces both 123bhp or 153bhp, and may be optioned with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized gearbox. Each hybrid choices give a mixed 48mpg, and 111g/km of CO2. When paired with the automated transmission, gas financial system drops to 45.2mpg, and CO2 figures rise to 117 g/km.
As ever, essentially the most highly effective Fiesta is the ST sizzling hatch, which makes use of the identical 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine because the earlier automotive, growing 197bhp. Peak torque has risen from 290Nm to 320Nm for the facelift, though the 0-62mph time of 6.5 seconds is unchanged. An non-obligatory Quaife limited-slip differential helps ship that energy to the street, and as earlier than, the ST encompasses a Monitor mode for high-performance driving.
Exterior, the ST receives the identical new entrance bumper design because the ST-Line, however with matte gray accents and a Ford Efficiency entrance splitter. Deeper facet skirts, a rear boot spoiler and a body-coloured diffuser full the ST makeover, together with Magnetite gray wheels and a brand new paint color: Imply Inexperienced.
Inside, the brand new ST ditches the Recaro seats fitted to its predecessor, as an alternative choosing Ford-designed Efficiency bucket seats with built-in headrests. The brand new seats are 14-way adjustable, and are trimmed in Sensico artificial leather-based with crimson stitching. A flat-bottom steering wheel and carbon fibre-effect trim full the sporty atmosphere.
Costs for the up to date Ford Fiesta begin at £16,620 for the entry-level Pattern variant, rising to £19,370 for Titanium spec and £20,320 for ST-Line fashions. The Fiesta Lively begins from £20,720, with the ST sizzling hatch priced from £22,630. Orders books are open now, for supply early subsequent 12 months.
Interview with Liviu Tudoran, new Fiesta designer
Q: What had been you trying to obtain with the Fiesta’s up to date entrance finish, is that this Ford’s new household face?
A: Sure it’s. Usually with facelifts you attempt to deliver the automotive updated with new fascia, however for the brand new Fiesta, we had been capable of go additional with a brand new bonnet that raises the nostril by 15mm or so. There’s now much more content material on the entrance; the grille is wider, we’ve moved the Ford badge down, and there’s distinction between gloss and matte finishes within the decrease grilles. We additionally added a entrance splitter embossed with ‘Ford Efficiency’ near the top of the programme.
Q: You talked about that the nostril of the automotive has been raised barely, is that for improved pedestrian security, or was it a purely design-driven choice?
A: No, it’s purely for styling. We felt that the bonnet was beforehand too flat, and by growing its peak, we’ve improved the low, wedge-shaped nostril of the previous automotive. We’ve additionally aligned the shutline of the bonnet with the beltline of the automotive, to provide a extra constant look. We additionally added additional creases within the bonnet; the previous automotive had a single line, which we felt was ‘twisting’, and the additional strains clear up this.
Q: The general look of the automotive isn’t an enormous departure from the earlier mannequin, and it appears like a key intention of the facelift was to tighten up the small print. Discuss us by means of a few of these.
Sure, we focussed lots on fixing the small particulars. So there are parts like extra creases on the decrease entrance bumper, which may be a lot sharper due to plastic injection moulding. We additionally paid a whole lot of consideration to the entrance parking sensors, to ensure they combine seamlessly with the decrease grille. The undercut on the decrease grilles offers a extra three-dimensional look, and catches extra shadows.
Onto the inside, I discover that the ST model isn’t fitted with Recaro seats anymore. Why the change?
You’re proper, the Recaro seats have been changed with in-house Ford designed seats. I owned the earlier technology Fiesta ST with Recaro seats, and I have to say, I sat on this automotive and the brand new seats really feel higher. The ST additionally has a brand new digital gauge cluster, just like the Ford Puma.
You possibly can spot the tweaks to the entrance finish, however the rear appears virtually equivalent to the earlier Fiesta. Have there been any modifications right here?
The one change on the rear is the rear lights, which at the moment are darker. It’s the identical gentle unit, however the black bezel offers the automotive a extra critical look, in comparison with the brilliant crimson items earlier than. The remainder of the rear finish is identical, however we’ve added some matte and gloss black distinction finishes to the diffuser. And naturally there’s the color, Imply Inexperienced, which inserts properly with the ST.
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