If you’ve been keen to get up close and personal with the new 2013 Ford Fiesta, you can do so at Ford showrooms across the country from today. The facelifted Fiesta arrives on the scene in 1.5 litre engine guise and in five-door Sport hatch and Titanium sedan forms – the order books for them have opened, and pricing has also been announced. Both variants are going for an introductory price of RM86,988.
The facelift arrives with minor exterior revisions, the most noticeable change being with the nose – fresh to the car is a large trapezoidal front grille, and the bonnet and headlamp design has also been revised. The sedan, meanwhile, features a new bumper fascia and heavier use of chrome accents.
Inside, as previously reported, plenty of new kit – these include the incorporation of Ford SYNC, keyless entry, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC) air-conditioning. Also on is EcoMode, a handy software application that measures the fuel efficiency of the driver’s gear shifting, consistency and speed.
The Sport features a black/dark grey themed interior, with fabric/leather combination seats, while the Titanium has a primary light grey two-tone cabin, with full leather seats.
The 1.5 twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) four-cylinder petrol engine on call has 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm for output numbers. The lump is paired with the familiar six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission, now with a gearshift-mounted SelectShift manual override. As for the much-awaited 1.0 EcoBoost variant, that will only arrive on the scene later, either late this year or early next year.
The Fiesta 1.5 Sport and Titanium come with a five-year or a 200,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty, as well as a three-year or 60,000 km Ford Extended Service Plan (ESP) maintenance programme, which covers parts and labour free of charge.