Ford’s coming Fiesta - details

2013-01-21 12:15

PRETORIA - Ford’s current generation Fiesta has been around in South Africa since 2008 and has continued to be a popular model for the US automaker.

In 2013, Ford spruces up its popular hatchback/sedan with more assertive styling, new features and the SA introduction of its 2012 International Engine of the Year - the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.


At the front, you can spot a redesigned trapezoidal front grille and LEDs with daytime running lights.

Ford marketing manager Gavin Golightly said: “Customers want cars that are expressive and fun to drive without breaking the bank.

“Fiesta delivers all the excitement and performance drivers are looking for with the added bonus of exceptional fuel efficiency.” 

There are three engine derivatives (1.0 EcoBoost, 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel) and three specification grades. A selection of “Option Packs” are also available

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The range topping Titanium models are equipped with keyless entry, power start button, auto head lights, auto dimming rearview mirror, rain sensing wipers, auto folding side mirrors and cruise control.


The 1.0 EcoBoost engine is capable of 92kW/170Nm and has a CO2 emission figure of 99g/km and according to Ford has a fuel consumption of  4.3 litres/100km (combined cycle).

The EcoBoost is fundamental to Ford’s strategy to provide technologically advanced, high-output, smaller-displacement engines. Ford reports that its EcoBoost engines deliver fuel economy gains of up to 20% and reduction of CO2 emissions of up to 15%, compared with larger, less-efficient engines.

Ford will also introduce auto start-stop for its EcoBoost- equipped models.

The automaker will continue its line-up of 1.4 petrol and 1.6 TDCi engines. The 1.4 powerplant is capable of 71kW/125Nm with a claimed fuel consumption of 5.7 litres/100km. The 1.6 diesel produces 70kW/200Nm while using only 3.6 litres/100km and emitting 95g/km of CO2.


Ford Sync,  introduced on Focus models,  will be  available in the new Fiesta range. The system allows drivers to use digital media players and Bluetooth enabled phones to operate the vehicle’s multimedia system. The system can be operated via voice commands and steering wheel mounted controls.

Golightly said: “This car was built for the digital generation. With Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 capabilities, tech-savvy people who use social media to be constantly connected with the world around them won’t be slowed down when they get in this car.

The 2013 Fiesta sees the introduction of Ford’s MyKey feature, which enables parents to encourage safer driving and limit their children’s exposure to risk at the wheel.

The system allows owners to configure maximum speed and audio volume limits. It also mutes the audio until seat belts are fastened and ensures driver aids and safety systems cannot be deactivated when used.

The new model will be available in 12 colours, including copper, magenta and blue.

Inside, Ford has relocated the power window switches and interior door handles. The interior has a higher quality finish with premium materials. The interior boast more stowage sports including a new central arm-rest and larger door pockets.

Fiesta 1.4 Ambiente five door - R164400
Feista 1.6 TDCi Ambiente five door R178400
Fiesta 1.4 Trend five door - R187600
Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Trend five door -  R201400
Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Trend five door - R211200
Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium five door -  R231500

The Fiesta is available with a four-year or 120000km warranty and a four-year or 60000km service plan. Service intervals are staggered at 20000km intervals for petrol models  and 15000km for diesel.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-01-21 13:30

    I like the fact that manufactures are downsizing on engines but the prize on the 1 litre Titanium doesn't justify it, at all!

  • ThandoGqabaza - 2013-01-21 13:38

    Looks like a catfish without the whiskers

  • de.stig.9 - 2013-01-21 15:31

    What a boring little car its screams “IM GAY”, the 2013 Clio will give this a run for its money.

      MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-01-21 16:12

      Actually the French are known for being the "gayest"

  • wollie.verstege - 2013-01-21 15:50

    What will this 1.0 sound like when you rev it. Hopefully not like a strangled cat.

      MuhammadSheikOumar - 2013-01-21 16:10

      Sounds like a V6. Check on youtube.

  • lee.naidoo.10 - 2013-01-21 16:57

    Was on my way back to work in the Northern Cape on the 8th of January 2013 and a truck carrier was on it's roof (on the N12) with 8 brand new Fiesta's on it. Didn't know they were Fiesta's till now - What a waste!

  • jannie.kroese - 2013-01-21 17:26

    Current Fiesta's days are over, need to be replaced with a brand new car, not facelift. It is totally overpriced and that nose...ugly. Ford, pull up your socks. Polo for me, a Ford Fanatic and owner of a Focus, Figo and new Ranger.

      daryl.jackson.733 - 2013-01-22 11:32

      id rather buy a hyundai than a polo its more value for money and safer

      jean.rossouwsa - 2013-01-22 18:26

      This Engine recorded the highest average speed recorded was 118.7mph (188 km p/h)during the setting of the world record for the highest average speed over one hour AND laps the Nürburgring in 7 minutes, 22 seconds!!! Porsche 911 GT2 RS 7:24, Nissan GTR 7:44.22!!!!! Your POLO can't do that!!!!

  • raath - 2013-01-21 17:32

    The interior is chaotic and ugly. They should have spent more money on it... Maybe used a qualified designer...

  • joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-22 06:57

    Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost Titanium five door - R231,500 .. What the hell are they smoking? Also don't like the face; it's like a hot woman having plastic surgery and coming out fugly.

  • brak.jan - 2013-01-22 09:37

    It is great news that we will be getting the 1L Ecoboost. APart from it being 'green' and economical, 92kw and 170nm will work great in a Fiesta! Pity about the price. Fiesta's have been overpriced for a while now.

  • riaan.vanderwesthuizen.79 - 2013-01-22 10:49

    "fun to drive without breaking the bank" @ R231,500 for a 1.0 litre?

      brak.jan - 2013-01-22 12:06

      Riaan, I agree about the price, but don't get stuck on the capacity. It is a 92kw 1L. 92kw is a lot in a small hatch. Whether it comes from a 2L or a 1L is irrelavant. In fact the Ecoboost engine will have a better spread of power and torque across it's rev-range

  • christo.furstenberg - 2013-01-22 13:26

    More than R230 000 for a fiesta??? I might pay that for the st, but definitely not so much for a standard car. Ford's pricing used to be competive, but lately they just cannot complete with the koreans which offer much more for less. I am sure it is a good car and engine, but that is simply too much. You can buy a brand new VW Golf for the same money.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2013-01-22 18:26

    This Engine recorded the highest average speed recorded was 118.7mph (188 km p/h)during the setting of the world record for the highest average speed over one hour AND laps the Nürburgring in 7 minutes, 22 seconds!!! Porsche 911 GT2 RS 7:24, Nissan GTR 7:44.22!!!!!

      vickers.vermeulen - 2013-01-23 06:52

      Take a deep breath Jean. What you failed to mention was that the engine was not standard and car was a less than 500kg Formula Ford single seater. Not really comparable to the GT2 and the GTR now is it?

  • johan.vonsolms - 2013-01-23 20:56

    I would be surprised if the car sells at this premium. Worked on my driving average the premium over the 1.6 would take almost 5 years to equal, at current gas prices. That is for the Trend model! Nice car, poor placement by Ford.

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