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We’ve already had hints that the new Ford Fiesta is due to be facelifted in Malaysia in August this year, and that along with the facelift will come a complete revamp in engine options.

The 1.6 litre Ti-VCT Ford Fiesta will be phased out and ASEAN region is going to get a unique 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine instead. This change in engine capacity is driven by certain rules in Thailand that favour engines with displacements of 1.5 litre and below, so Ford deemed the Thai market important enough to change the engine size.

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As a result, every country that gets cars from the Thai plant such as Malaysia will have their 1.6 litre replaced by the 1.5 litre. Power is actually down, as expected with the smaller engine size – it’s gone from 120 PS and 152 Nm to 109 PS and 140 Nm.

But for those who want more power, there’s a new engine. The Fiesta can be had with a 1.0 litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine, which does 125 PS and 170 Nm of torque. That’s 5 PS and 18 Nm of torque more than the outgoing 1.6, but most importantly, the 170 Nm kicks in at 1,400 rpm and is sustained all the way to 4,000 rpm, which means better pickup. The 1.6 litre model only made its 152 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

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Unfortunately from what the Ford Fiesta in Malaysia Facebook page has to say, the 1.0 litre Ecoboost won’t be launched together with the 1.5 litre facelifted car in August. Their reply to a Facebook fan today indicated a 2014 launch date instead, so those interested in the Ecoboost model will have to wait.

This is most probably because the engine is only available with a manual transmission right now, and a 6 speed Powershift automatic gearbox for the engine in a Fiesta is only scheduled to be ready near the end of 2013.

See more pics of the facelifted Fiesta hatchback and Fiesta sedan. There’s also a hot 182 PS/240 Nm Fiesta ST variant.

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