The Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost has been officially introduced in Malaysia – the range-topping model of the facelifted B299 Fiesta range arrives seven months after the 1.5 Sport hatch and Titanium sedan made their local debut and completes the local Fiesta lineup.
The Thai-made EcoBoost variant only comes in hatchback form, and officially has a Sport+ designation, though the badging still denotes it as an S version, with an EcoBoost emblem on top of it to identify the car.
It’s of course powered by the award-winning 998 cc EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo GDI mill, in its higher 125 PS at 6,000 rpm and 170 Nm at 1,400 to 4,500 rpm output tune (there’s a 100 PS version in overseas markets). The engine, which comes from Ford’s Romanian engine plant in Craiova, is paired to a PowerShift six-speed dual-clutch transmission, namely the Getrag 6DCT250. No manual option, unfortunately, unlike in Australia.
Aside from being equipped with the two-time International Engine of The Year winner (in 2012 and then again last year), the Fiesta Sport+ is virtually identical in terms of features and kit to the 1.5 litre variants, save a few bits.
These items are a full bodykit with splitter-mounted daytime running lights below the foglamps and a Safety Pack with its full complement of seven airbags (front driver and passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee) to the 1.5 litre Sport and Titanium’s two. EcoBoost decals on the bonnet and sides of the car round off the differences.
That’s from the outside – the interior, meanwhile, is indistinguishable from the 1.5 unless you’re eagle-eyed and spot the extra airbag markers on the trim. Everything, from the black gloss trim down to the shade of the partial leather/fabric seats, is identical to that on the 1.5. No change to the plastics either, which means there’s no soft touch dash or upper door card areas.
In terms of equipment, all that’s found on the 1.5 is here, and that includes ESP, hill launch assist, smart keyless entry and push-start ignition, auto headlamps/rain-sensing wipers, Ford SYNC and a six-speaker audio system as well as a single-zone, fully-automatic EATC climate control unit.
In terms of exterior shades, the 1.0 litre EcoBoost Fiesta is available in three colours, Arctic White, Panther Black and True Red. The black is unique to the EcoBoost model in facelift form (conversely, the 1.5 Sport has Chilli Orange, Metropolitan Gray and Celestial Blue in its colour palette).
As for pricing, the car goes for RM93,888 on-the-road without insurance, and comes with a five-year or 200,000 km warranty as well as Ford’s Extended Service Plan (ESP), a three-year or 60,000 km maintenance programme that covers parts and labour free of charge.
If you’re interested in test driving the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost, you can do so this weekend at SDAC Petaling Jaya. The venue kicks off the eight-week long Fiesta 1.0L Urban Playground experiential tour, which is set to visit nine locations across the Peninsular. The car will be available in Sabah and Sarawak in June.
Read our Thai test drive review of the Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost.