Renewed Ford Fiesta prevents wrong-way driving and is more economical | Car

Ford gives the Fiesta a facelift and equips it with new technology. It is also available as a mild hybrid for the first time, for lower fuel consumption. In addition, it can prevent the driver from wrong-way driving and the lighting has been significantly improved.

Every Fiesta now has full LED headlights. Optional are intelligent Matrix lamps with a light beam that automatically adapts to the weather conditions. The maneuvering lights and bad weather lights come on when the car’s sensors detect that the driver is trying to maneuver at low speed or activate the windshield wipers.

New to the Fiesta is Wrong-Way Alert, which aims to prevent wrong-way driving. Based on input from the camera located behind the windscreen and from the navigation system, the system provides visual and audible signals to warn the driver if he threatens to enter a motorway via the exit.


The updated Fiesta is on the B platform that is also used for the Puma, Ford’s compact SUV. The car is only available in the Netherlands as a five-door hatchback. The new design includes a higher bonnet and a higher grille. The Ford logo is now mounted in the grille instead of on the edge of the hood. The rear lights now have a black bezel.

“For the new Fiesta, we have developed an even more distinctive character for each variant. This allows our customers to choose the version that suits their personal lifestyle,” said Amko Leenarts, the Dutchman who works as Director of Design at Ford of Europe.

Fiesta ST Line © Ford

Driving behaviour

The driver can customize the Fiesta’s handling with a choice of Normal, Sport and Eco Drive modes. Depending on the selected mode, the reactions of the accelerator pedal, ESC, traction control and the gear changes of the optional automatic transmission change. The Ford Fiesta Active also has Trail and Slippery driving modes.

The Fiesta is now also smarter with the internet. Standard is a FordPass Connect modem (with Ford Sync 3 operating system) in combination with an app. This allows you to remotely lock or unlock the doors and – if the car has an automatic transmission – even start the engine. The app can also display the car’s location, alarms, tire pressure or engine oil level. Connectivity in the new Fiesta also enables real-time traffic information, including warnings of hazards on nearby roads.

Rear Occupant Alert is intended to prevent the driver from accidentally leaving children or pets in the car after a journey when getting out. The system reminds the driver to check the rear seats if the rear doors are open before departure. Also new is the option to charge smartphones wirelessly.

Fiesta ST Line
Fiesta ST Line © Ford


The Fiesta is not yet available as a plug-in hybrid or all-electric, but there are new, electrified powertrains to save fuel. The Ford EcoBoost Hybrid 48-volt mild hybrid technology works together with the (optional) seven-speed Powershift automatic transmission.

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid is available with an output of 92 kW (125 hp) and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. WLTP fuel consumption is a minimum of 4.9 l/100 km and CO2 emissions are a minimum of 111 g/km2 – a five percent improvement over the non-hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost of the same power. In the city, that can be up to ten percent, according to Ford’s calculations.

The 92 kW (125 hp) EcoBoost Hybrid is also available with a seven-speed dual clutch powershift transmission. This configuration has a consumption of 5.2 l/100 km and 117 g/km CO2 emissions. Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine is also available with an output of 74 kW (100 hp), with consumption from 5.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions from 118 g/km.

The new Fiesta ST accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. The top speed is 230 km/h. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine in the Fiesta ST delivers 147 kW (200 hp) at 6,000 rpm and peak torque has increased from 290 to 320 Nm between 1,600 and 4,000 rpm

In addition to the Normal and Sport driving modes, the new Fiesta ST also features a Circuit mode. In Circuit mode, the traction control is disabled and the electronic stability control system allows a wider slip angle for track use.

The prices of the new Fiesta are not yet known.

How the Fiesta’s mild hybrid engine works

The mild-hybrid has a so-called BISG (Belt-driven Integrated Starter Generator): a belt-driven integrated starter-generator, which replaces the conventional alternator and starter motor. The BISG manages the recovery of energy – which is normally lost during braking and when the driver releases the accelerator pedal. This energy is stored in the air-cooled 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

The BISG also functions as an electric motor. It uses the stored energy to support the petrol engine with extra pulling power and supplies power to the electrical components. The mild hybrid technology can start the petrol engine within 350 milliseconds after the Auto Start-Stop system has switched off the engine. This system works even at speeds below 25 km/h with the throttle off to a stop – even when a gear is engaged and the clutch pedal is depressed. This provides additional fuel savings.

Fiesta Active
Fiesta Active © Ford

Renewed Ford Fiesta prevents wrong-way driving and is more economical | Car
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