Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost KLIMS 3

Like the Ford Ecosport, the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost is being previewed at the Blue Oval stand at KLIMS13. The car, however, won’t be making its Malaysian market debut until the first quarter of 2014, sometime in March.

The display example – finished in a shade called Hot Mustard, which won’t be coming here – is a UK market unit that has been brought in for the show, and it’ll be heading back once done. It’s a bit of a mix and match, this one – there’s auto AC, but no front fog lamps, and the original wheels are steel units that dress up the baseline Studio and Style variants in the UK.

For the event, the steel wheels make way for 12-spoke Mak XLR wheels, and the car’s fabric seats have been temporarily replaced by the ones from the 1.5 Sport. The bodykit – front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser – is a custom job by SDAC, and should find its way on to the Malaysian-spec car when that arrives.

If you’re able to get up close and personal with the car at the show, you’ll notice a couple of things that gives the particular B299 facelift away as a non-ASEAN car.

The soft-touch dashboard top is one, and the front door card design is the other – the European Fiesta features a different grab handle layout, with the side mirror adjustment switches placed in a lower position than in the ASEAN version, which retains the pre-facelift door card plan.

The 1.0 EcoBoost GTDI three-cylinder destined for the region will be the 125 PS version (the UK also has a lower state of tune 100 PS unit). Equipped with a Continental low-inertia turbocharger, the mill offers 170 Nm of twist from 1,400-4,000 rpm (with 200 Nm on overboost), paired with a Getrag 6DCT250 dual-clutch transmission. Performance figures include a 196 km/h top speed and a combined fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 km.

Standard kit for the Malaysian-spec car will include auto AC, auto headlamps/wipers, keyless entry and push-button start as already seen on the 1.5 Sport that was launched in September, and the model should also have the Safety Pack and its seven airbags in the equation.

Production of the ASEAN 1.0 EcoBoost Fiesta is slated to begin in Thailand – the car is also due to make its way to Australia, with a December launch date there having being bandied about earlier. As of now, order taking for the 1.0 EcoBoost has begun, with the estimated price for it being listed at RM96,000 to RM99,000, which is RM9k onwards from the facelifted 1.5 Sport.

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