Ford Fiesta now with EcoBoost Hybrid engine

The Fiesta, the best-selling model by Ford in Europe, is now available in its very first light hybrid version.

2020 Ford Fiesta Hybrid – (photo by Ford)

The Ford EcoBoost Hybrid engine will allow Fiesta enthusiasts to benefit from better performance while further improving the driving pleasure of this city car. Better performance, more responsiveness and lower fuel consumption, here is the recipe for this new Fiesta EcoBoost mHEV.

The efficiency of the EcoBoost Hybrid engine for the most dynamic city car

Introduced for the first time on the Puma SUV in late 2019, Ford’s advanced EcoBoost Hybrid technology is now also available on the Fiesta in 125 and 155 hp versions. This light hybridization combines an EcoBoost petrol engine, an 11.5 kW alternator-starter and a 48V battery which is recharged during deceleration and braking, to then provide electrical assistance during acceleration and reduce fuel consumption.

Thanks to this hybrid technology, the Fiesta displays emissions from 91 g / km NEDC (112 g / km WLTP 2) and consumption from 4.0 l / 100 km NEDC (from 5.0 l / 100 km WLTP). The Fiesta’s 125 hp EcoBoost Hybrid engine allows up to 5% more energy efficiency compared to the traditional EcoBoost engine and up to 10% in the city according to data measured by Ford.

The light hybridization also brings up to 20 Nm of additional torque for a total of 240 Nm for the 155 hp version.

The alternator-starter also allows the Auto Stop & Start technology of the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid to operate in a greater number of scenarios for even more significant fuel savings including when the vehicle is traveling at less than 25 km / h and even when the clutch pedal is depressed.

The Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and its traditional petrol version – also available in 95 and 125 hp versions – are now based on the latest generation of the 1.0l EcoBoost engine, many times awarded, with cylinder deactivation.

Like the Puma SUV, the Fiesta can now be fitted with a new seven-speed automatic transmission with double clutch which allows smooth gear changes for greater comfort and lower consumption of up to 15% per compared to the previously available six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, while offering up to 25% more power. A 1.5-liter 85 hp TDCi diesel engine is also available for users driving a large number of kilometers.

A Fiesta safer and more connected than ever

The Fiesta is also full of new technologies and driving aids:

  • Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go and recognition of traffic signs (available with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission).
  • The standard 4G FordPass Connect modem, transforming the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with a connection that can accommodate up to 10 devices.
  • The latest version of the SYNC 3 multimedia system, more intuitive and easier to use, with a new user interface.
  • A new wireless induction charging station, to effortlessly recharge smartphones on the go.
  • The perpendicular parking aid system (now also available on Fiesta Active and ST-Line).
  • The blind spot monitoring system with transverse traffic alert.

The adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go and recognition of traffic signs now allows the vehicle to maintain a comfortable driving distance compared to the vehicles ahead. The system also helps reduce stress during long journeys and can adjust the vehicle speed within legal limits by monitoring road signs and above the roadway.

The Stop & Go system – available with the 7-speed automatic transmission with double clutch – allows the adaptive governor to stop the vehicle completely in traffic and to start it automatically if the stop time is less than 3 seconds. For stops longer than 3 seconds, the driver can press a button on the steering wheel or gently press the accelerator to start again.

Like all new Ford models, the Fiesta is equipped with a 4G FordPass Connect modem, transforming the vehicle into a mobile WiFi hotspot with a connection that can accommodate up to 10 devices. Thanks to the FordPass app, the driver can remotely unlock, lock, heat or cool the vehicle and even start the Fiesta directly from their smartphone.

The Fiesta SYNC 3 multimedia system has also been updated to be more intuitive and easier to use, with a new user interface that features larger buttons displayed on the 8-inch color touch screen. Compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ™ remains included for free. A new wireless charging station is also available, allowing occupants to effortlessly charge their smartphones while on the move.

The Fiesta range has been the subject of other updates:

  • The perpendicular parking aid system is now added to the active parking aid for the Fiesta Active and ST-Line versions, helping drivers park without touching the steering wheel.
  • The blind spot monitoring system with transverse traffic alert warns drivers who exit a parking space in reverse from vehicles that may soon pass behind them. Introduced for the first time in Europe with the Explorer, reverse brake assist technology uses radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors and can brake automatically to avoid an imminent collision when the vehicle is in reverse.
  • New driving modes selectable according to driving scenarios, added to the already existing Normal, Eco and Sliding modes for the Fiesta Active, help drivers to fully exploit the fun character of the Fiesta and to tackle the roads more easily delicate.
  • The premium B&O Sound System subwoofer available for Fiesta is moved in the wheel arch to maximize the space for luggage and make a spare tire available in addition to the B&O audio system.

Ford is committed to offering an electrified version of each new vehicle in Europe and will extend its range to 18 electrified vehicles before the end of 2021 on the continent.

Author: Nabeel K

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