SPIED: Ford Fiesta facelift
MID-LIFE CRISIS: It's hard to believe the Fiesta has been around for nearly five years since launched in South Africa. The facelift dramatically changes the profile and the LEDs are a welcome addition.
Ford’s Fiesta hatchback has been around since 2008 and is due for a mid-cycle facelift. Our spies captured images of a new face lifted model undergoing testing in Northern Europe.
The lack of camouflage on the prototype suggests that this will only be a minor update, with only the front-end expected to receive changes.
At the front you can spot a new headlight design incorporating diodes and a much sharper design. The new facelift will probably resemble the design seen on the Ford EcoSport crossover, which itself is based on the Fiesta.
As for the engine line-up, expect the current four-cylinder offering to be expanded with the addition of a high-performance 1.6 EcoBoost engine in the 2013 Fiesta ST as well as a new three cylinder one-litre engine.
One of our spy photographers spotted a vehicle logbook inside the prototype. Its cover sheet revealed that the prototype was packing a 1.0 “GDI” capable of 60kW. GDI is short for gasoline direct injection, suggesting that Ford will offer its Fiesta with non-EcoBoosted three-cylinder engines.
The sporty Fiesta ST will be available in both three and five-door guise, and will deliver 132kW to its front wheels. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Fiesta facelift and ST will be debuted later in 2012.