Rai­sing the sta­kes

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

We re­port on the new Ford Fies­ta t­hat is mo­re so­phi­sti­ca­ted, yet doe­sn’t lo­se the fun fac­tor.

The all-new Ford Fies­ta is set to rai­se the sta­kes in the com­pact car seg­ment by buil­ding on the success­ful out­going mo­del. It has been im­pro­ved e­ven furt­her in terms of qua­li­ty, re­fi­ne­ment, techno­lo­gy and sa­fe­ty.

The Fies­ta’s fun-to-d­ri­ve cha­rac­ter has been re­tai­ned and in­cre­a­sed. The eye-ca­t­ching new de­sign me­ans it will be on the list of trend­set­ters and young so­phi­sti­ca­tes. Not on­ly does the car grab the eye, but the re­vo­lu­ti­o­na­ry interior de­li­vers mo­re spa­ce, com­fort, er­go­no­mi­cs and techno­lo­gy.

Glo­bal­ly, the Fies­ta is Ford’s be­st-sel­ling pas­sen­ger car. The com­pa­ny says the new mo­del re­pre­sents a bold s­tep for­ward in e­very a­rea, from sty­ling to the ex­cep­ti­o­nal build qua­li­ty, from su­perb crafts­mans­hip of the interior to its smart fe­a­tu­res, sa­fe­ty and techno­lo­gy.

The a­ward­win­ning 1,0 E­coBoost en­gi­ne re­mains the po­wer­hou­se of the Fies­ta. The­re is a c­hoi­ce of new six-speed ma­nu­al or au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­ons, al­ong with the op­ti­on of the fru­gal 1,5-lit­re TDCi die­sel en­gi­ne. The Fies­ta is a­vai­la­ble in two spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on le­vels: the fe­a­tu­re-rich Trend se­ries and the ran­ge-top­ping Ti­ta­ni­um with an out­stan­ding le­vel of s­tan­dard e­quip­ment.


The Fies­ta’s ex­te­ri­or builds on the bold sty­ling of the out­going mo­del, with a mo­re e­le­gant de­sign and mo­re fluid look. Sim­pler and straig­h­ter li­nes and cle­an sur­fa­ces de­li­ver vi­su­al ap­pe­al, which is ma­t­ched by the wi­der gril­le. S­leek he­ad­lamps of­fer a new wrap-a­round ef­fect t­hat is part of the new mo­del’s s­trong vi­su­al cha­rac­ter.

The si­de pro­fi­le is mo­re sett­led and less wed­ge-shaped than be­fo­re, com­bi­ning 71mm ad­di­ti­o­nal bo­dy length and 13mm ad­di­ti­o­nal width to gi­ve a lon­ger and stron­ger ap­pea­ran­ce. At the re­ar, new ho­ri­zon­tal re­ar lig­hts en­han­ce the Fies­ta’s wi­de­ned stan­ce and fe­a­tu­re a C-shaped sig­na­tu­re lig­ht pat­tern. In keeping with the fresh new looks, Ford has in­tro­du­ced two new me­tal­lic co­lour op­ti­ons for the ran­ge, Chro­me Cop­per and Blue Wa­ve.


The Fies­ta interior has a s­trong emp­ha­sis on in­te­racti­ons t­hat con­su­mers de­mand through

smart de­vi­ces and ta­blets. It de­li­vers a mo­re spa­ci­ous feel through the use of er­go­no­mic de­sign and soft-touch ma­te­ri­als.

The num­ber of but­tons on the cen­t­re con­so­le is gre­at­ly re­du­ced, with ma­ny con­necti­vi­ty and en­ter­tai­n­ment con­trols now on the 6,5” tou­chscreen fit­ted as s­tan­dard on the Trend mo­dels. On the Ti­ta­ni­um ver­si­on it is an 8” screen in­cor­po­ra­ting SYNC3 with na­vi­ga­ti­on. The­re’s al­so a s­ty­lish new in­stru­ment clus­ter fe­a­tu­ring a 4,2” mul­ti-functi­on TFT dis­play t­hat de­li­vers an at­tracti­ve wel­co­me se­quen­ce.

Re­ar se­at pas­sen­gers be­ne­fit from 16mm mo­re knee room, sup­por­ted by new slim-back se­ats t­hat are sof­ter and of­fer bet­ter si­de sup­port.

The tail­ga­te is wi­der for e­a­sier access to the boot. Im­pro­ved stora­ge for per­so­nal be­lon­gings is de­li­ver­ed with a 20% lar­ger glo­ve box and a 1-lit­re stora­ge bin and arm­rest in the midd­le.


Fies­ta’s acti­ve and pas­si­ve sa­fe­ty sys­tems, with a com­pre­hen­si­ve ran­ge of dri­ver as­sis­tan­ce techno­lo­gies, de­li­ver the hig­hest sa­fe­ty ra­ting to da­te for t­his mo­del.

The new Fies­ta bo­dy fe­a­tu­res 36% mo­re s­teel for gre­a­ter strength in key a­re­as. Re­de­sig­ned door cross secti­ons furt­her pro­tect occu­pants a­gainst si­de im­pact in­tru­si­on. The doors al­so now con­tain pres­su­re sen­sors t­hat e­na­ble re­straint sys­tems to be acti­va­ted se­ver­al mil­li­se­conds soo­n­er. Front, si­de and cur­tain ai­r­bags are s­tan­dard.

In­no­va­ti­ve re­straint fe­a­tu­res in­clu­de a locking se­at­belt ton­gue for the dri­ver’s se­at belt - a me­cha­ni­cal­ly acti­va­ted de­vi­ce t­hat helps pre­vent slip­pa­ge of the belt du­ring an ac­ci­dent and e­li­mi­na­tes the need for a dri­ver’s knee ai­r­bag. Re­ar ou­ter se­ats al­so now fe­a­tu­re lo­ad li­mi­ters and pre-ten­si­o­ners to re­strain pas­sen­gers bet­ter and help pre­vent belt-re­la­ted in­ju­ries.

Pe­de­stri­an pro­tecti­on is en­han­ced with he­ad­lamps t­hat tra­vel in­wards on im­pact. A col­lap­si­ble co­wl and wiper spind­le as­sem­bly is de­sig­ned to gi­ve way in the e­vent of he­ad im­pacts.

All mo­dels ha­ve an ex­ten­si­ve list of dri­ving aids, in­clu­ding ABS bra­kes with e­lec­tro­nic bra­ke as­sist (EBA) and e­lec­tro­nic bra­ke for­ce dis­tri­bu­ti­on (EBD), as well as hill launch as­sist (HLA) and e­lec­tro­nic sta­bi­li­ty and tracti­on con­t­rol (ESC).


A sim­pli­fied ran­ge of so­phi­sti­ca­ted pe­trol and die­sel en­gi­nes of­fers per­for­man­ce and fu­el ef­fi­cien­cy t­hat sup­port an out­stan­ding dri­ving ex­pe­rien­ce and re­du­ced cost for o­w­ners.

Ford’s six-ti­me In­ter­na­ti­o­nal En­gi­ne of the Y­e­ar, the 1,0-lit­re E­coBoost pe­trol en­gi­ne, is of­fe­red in two va­ri­ants. In the Trend mo­del with its six-speed ma­nu­al ge­ar­box, as well as the Trend and Ti­ta­ni­um e­quip­ped with a con­ven­ti­o­nal six-speed tor­que con­ver­ter au­to­ma­tic trans­mis­si­on, the 1,0 E­coBoost pro­du­ces 74kW of po­wer and 170Nm of tor­que from 1 500 to 4 000r/min.

The Fies­ta Ti­ta­ni­um, ma­ted with a six-speed ma­nu­al trans­mis­si­on, u­ses the 92kW ver­si­on of t­his en­gi­ne to de­li­ver mo­re exhi­la­ra­ting dri­ving fun. Of­fe­ring fru­gal fu­el con­sump­ti­on, the 1,5-lit­re TDCi tur­bo­die­sel is ex­clu­si­ve­ly a­vai­la­ble with a six-speed ma­nu­al ge­ar­box, pro­du­cing 63kW and a tor­que peak of 175Nm. Fu­el ef­fi­cien­cy is en­han­ced with Au­to–Start– S­top techno­lo­gy on all en­gi­nes. An Eco but­ton for ma­nu­al trans­mis­si­ons ad­justs en­gi­ne and thrott­le set­tings to help dri­vers sa­ve e­ven mo­re fu­el.


A 15% in­cre­a­se has been a­chie­ved in tor­si­o­nal stif­f­ness, whi­le the front track is 30mm wi­der, the re­ar track is up by 10mm and w­heel­ba­se by 4mm. A lig­h­ter, stif­fer hol­low front an­ti-roll bar con­tri­bu­tes to bet­ter roll con­t­rol and s­teer­ing feel. S­teer­ing fricti­on is re­du­ced and ge­ar­boxes de­li­ver smoot­her ge­ar chan­ges as a re­sult.

The Fies­ta’s chas­sis now of­fers 10% mo­re cor­ne­ring grip, whi­le the bra­king dis­tan­ce at 100km is re­du­ced by mo­re than 8%.


An un­pre­ce­den­ted ran­ge of techno­lo­gy en­han­ces the Fies­ta’s com­fort, con­ve­nien­ce and sa­fe­ty. Ford’s SYNC3 com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons and en­ter­tai­n­ment sy­stem e­na­bles Fies­ta dri­vers to con­t­rol au­dio, na­vi­ga­ti­on and con­nected smartp­ho­nes u­sing sim­ple voi­ce com­mands. The sy­stem is com­pa­ti­ble with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Au­to - on­ce it is laun­ched for the Midd­le East and A­fri­ca re­gi­on.

The Fies­ta’s flo­a­ting, ta­blet-in­spi­red 8” co­lour touch screen and in­fo­tai­n­ment sy­stem with na­vi­ga­ti­on is s­tan­dard on the Ti­ta­ni­um and can be o­pe­ra­ted with pinch and swi­pe ge­stu­res. The Trend mo­del al­so in­cor­po­ra­tes SYNC3, u­sing a flo­a­ting 6,5” co­lour tou­chscreen.

Fies­ta de­li­vers Blu­e­tooth con­necti­vi­ty and two USB ports as s­tan­dard, with an in­te­gra­ted CD play­er on all mo­dels. A high-end se­ven­spea­ker sound sy­stem is fe­a­tu­red on the Fies­ta Ti­ta­ni­um mo­dels, with a six-spea­ker se­tup on the Trend mo­dels.


Fies­ta 1,0 E­coBoost Trend 6MT - R261 900; Fies­ta 1,0 E­coBoost Trend 6AT - R277 300; Fies­ta 1,5 TDCi Trend 6MT - R292 500; Fies­ta 1,0 E­coBoost Ti­ta­ni­um 6MT - R295 900 and Fies­ta 1,0 E­coBoost Ti­ta­ni­um 6AT - R310 600.

All mo­dels co­me s­tan­dard with Ford Pro­tect, com­pri­sing a four y­e­ar or 120 000km com­pre­hen­si­ve war­ran­ty, three y­e­ar or un­li­mi­ted dis­tan­ce ro­ad­s­i­de as­sis­tan­ce and fi­ve y­e­ar or un­li­mi­ted ki­lo­me­t­re cor­ro­si­on war­ran­ty. A four y­e­ar or 60 000km ser­vi­ce plan is in­clu­ded. Ser­vi­ce in­ter­vals are e­very 15 000km.

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