Ford didn’t just have the EcoSport SUV as its show highlight in Bangkok for the press day today – the Blue Oval also gave the facelifted Ford Fiesta its ASEAN debut in its hatchback form, with actual market introduction set for later in the year. The facelift made its global premiere last September at Ford’s Go Further event in Amsterdam.
The reworked hatch features the by-now familiar Aston Martin-esque grille and power dome on the bonnet, and will now come with SYNC, Ford’s in-car connectivity system that connects mobile devices to the car via Bluetooth or USB – the system had its regional introduction in the Focus last year.
No daytime running lights though – the Thai Fiesta facelift still wears complex surface reflector headlamps instead of projector units, albeit in a different design than now.
The big news, however, is the introduction of the 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine into the scheme of things. The facelifted Fiesta will be the first Ford vehicle built in ASEAN to feature the 120 PS and 170 Nm three-cylinder turbocharged mill, which was 2012 International Engine of The Year, the first Ford lump to win the award.
No word if this will effectively replace the 1.6 Ti-VCT unit currently running in place, or if separate variants are in store, or even about the sedan version – word on the grapevine suggests that the 1.4 litre is to be dropped, and the 1.6 may be too, with the 1.5 litre Ti-VCT (as seen in the Thai Fiesta) and 1.0 litre EcoBoost taking things up.
Guess we’ll find out in due time, but the good news is that the EcoBoost coming. Stay tuned for updates to the gallery – Jonathan will be back at the show getting shots of the interior first thing tomorrow morning!
UPDATE: Apparently, the Ford Fiesta facelift was only on show at BIMS for the press day yesterday – the hatch is no longer at the event, so there are no photos of the interior to be had, unfortunately. Expect the interior layout to be no different than that seen in the facelifted Euro version (which is slightly different than the US version).