The sales figures speak for themselves: with 228,959 units, the Fiesta was still a real bestseller in 2019. Due to the corona, it – like the competition – had to accept significant losses in 2020 down to 156,067 copies. But this year in particular, things are looking even darker: The Ford Puma is currently even ahead of the legendary small car from Cologne in the statistics.
The Ford Fiesta facelift also changes Active and ST models
With the Ford Fiesta facelift for the coming model year, things will now be different, because both design and driving dynamics have been sharpened significantly. Above all, it affects all variants of the Fiesta family, including the robust Active and the sporty ST.
Traditionally, they optically retain their demarcation. Ford mainly plays with different faces in all variants. The basic models differ accordingly from the luxurious Vignale, but also from the Active and the dynamic ST-Line and ST versions. Sometimes there is more chrome, sometimes more honeycomb grille, sometimes more body color, sometimes more high-gloss black.
However, all of them will have LED lighting. The halogen light bulb has finally had its day in the Ford Fiesta facelift. If you want something a little more elegant, you can now order an adaptive matrix light, even in the smallest, that reliably prevents other road users from being dazzled even when the high beam is switched on.
Little changes in the cockpit apart from new networking technology
As is now common with the competition, the Ford Fiesta Facelift can no longer avoid a digital cockpit. The analog displays give way to a 12.3-inch display at the change of the model year.
The expanded assistant suite based on a new front camera is also exciting. A wrong-way warning function gives an alarm, for example, if the driver turns against the direction of travel on a motorway. The adaptive cruise control can now also record the data from the camera. In combination with the dual clutch transmission, the customer also receives a stop-and-go function for convenient traffic jam.
The engines are also well known
However, the 7-speed DCT will still only be available for one engine. The 1.0-liter Ecoboost three-cylinder with 125 hp (combined fuel consumption: 6.1-5.0 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 138-113 g / km²) also has the 48V already familiar from the Puma Starter generator and becomes a mild hybrid.
The entry into the model range of the Ford Fiesta Facelift is the well-known 1.1-liter vacuum cleaner with 75 hp, above that ranks the three-cylinder turbo with 100 hp, 125 hp and 155 hp (combined fuel consumption 6.4-5.0 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 144-112 g / km²). The top model remains the 200 hp (combined fuel consumption: 6.8-6.7 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 153-151 g / km²) Ford Fiesta ST, which is now available exclusively in the X version and as a three-door model Customer comes.
The Ford Fiesta ST X gets significantly more torque and a lock
Visually, it remains as aggressive as its predecessor. Large air inlets, pithy side skirts and a large roof spoiler with a real aerodynamic function are also retained in the new Ford Fiesta ST X. The new color “Mean Green” has been added. This ensures the eyes on the street.
However, the ST X quickly disappears from view again, because Ford Performance has again increased the power of the 1.5-liter Ecoboost three-cylinder. The maximum torque increases from 290 Nm to 320 Nm. However, the power remains at 200 hp and the driving performance remains unchanged.
Nevertheless, you will now be able to track out of tight corners much better. Especially if you have ticked the mechanical Quaife differential lock in the option list. This eliminates one of the few criticisms of the previous model. Together with the well-known force vectoring springs and the Tenneco twin tube dampers, the new Ford Fiesta ST X should be able to continue to defend the driving dynamics pole position at the Hot Hatches. (Text: fm | Pictures: Manufacturer)