Ford Fiesta Facelift Archive

  • Ford Fiesta 1.5 Special Edition announced – RM91,888

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    Ford Motor Company has just turned 111 years old and is celebrating its annual Heritage Month this June. Here in Malaysia, official Ford distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) is offering a series of customer deals, as well as the Ford Fiesta 1.5 Special Edition you see here.

    Available for purchase from June 14 onwards, the new Arctic White-only Fiesta SE will be limited to just 100 units and is priced at RM91,888 (OTR with insurance). The package includes a set of bodykit (with integrated LED day-time running lights), SE decals, Philips Vision Ultra light bulbs, scuff plates and a Blaupunkt Blue Magic Subwoofer.

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    The rest of it is as per the standard 112 PS/140 Nm Fiesta 1.5 Sport hatchback, so keyless entry, dual airbags and electronic stability control (with Hill Launch Assist) are all fitted as standard. Ford’s standard three-year/60,000 km Extended Service Plan (free maintenance) is thrown in too.

    Other than the special edition Fiesta, SDAC also introduced new promotions from now through to June 30. Various rebates are offered for the Fiesta 1.5 (RM5,000), Kuga (RM9,000; for 2013 models only) and Focus (RM3,500). Existing Ford owners, meanwhile, will enjoy complimentary multi-point inspections and 15% discounts for engine oil (Motorcraft and Castrol) and oil filters.

    Have a look at the new Fiesta 1.5 SE’s specs on CarBase.my and compare it against the regular 1.5 and the 1.0 EcoBoost. Also read our full review of the Fiesta 1.5 facelift.

     
     
  • 2013 Ford Fiesta 1.5 Sport hatch and Titanium sedan officially launched in Malaysia – RM86,988 OTR

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    Well, it turns out there’s an official launch for the 2013 Ford Fiesta facelift after all – both 1.5 Sport hatchback and Titanium sedan variants were formally introduced in Malaysia a while back at Taylor University’s Lakeside Campus, in conjunction with the Hitz.fm Birthday Invasion party.

    Since we’ve literally covered every change and revisions to the mid-cycle B299 in our preview drive report from earlier in the week, there’s little point repeating everything again in detail – here’s a recap of the main points.

    The sixth-generation facelift – which broke cover at a Go Further event in Amsterdam in September last year – made its ASEAN debut at the Bangkok Motor Show back in March this year; the car made a teaser appearance on press day, which was also when the 1.0 EcoBoost mill was announced as destined for the region.

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    Both Fiesta bodystyles – which arrived in showrooms last weekend – are equipped with a 1.5 litre Duratec Ti-VCT four-cylinder engine, which has 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm for output numbers (the outgoing 1.6 Ti-VCT unit offers 120 PS at 6,000 rpm and 152 Nm at 4,050 rpm, an eight PS and 12 Nm difference in output).

    The Sigma-family lump is paired with the familiar Getrag 6DCT250 dry dual-clutch six-speed PowerShift transmission, now with a gearshift-mounted SelectShift manual override. The ratios and final drive remain unchanged from previously.

    The facelift arrives with minor exterior revisions, the most noticeable change being with the front – fresh to the car is a large trapezoidal front grille, and the design of both bonnet and halogen CSR headlamps has also been revised, as has that of the rear lamps. The sedan, meanwhile, features a new bumper fascia and heavier use of chrome accents.

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    Inside, the Sport hatch gets new fabric/leather combination seats, while the Titanium has a primary light grey two-tone cabin with full leather seats. As previously reported, new kit includes Ford SYNC, the brand’s in-car connectivity system that connects mobile devices to the car via Bluetooth or USB,

    There’s also full keyless entry and push-button start, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing/auto wipers as well as a single-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (EATC) climate control system. Also on, an EcoMode software application that measures your driving patterns and awards you kudos in the form of leaf-icons displayed on screen.

    Both Fiesta bodystyles wear identical 16-inch wheels, in this case a 15-spoke design that is similar in styling to the 15-inch unit seen on the pre-facelift sedan, and the alloys are wrapped with 195/50 series Continental ContiPremiumContact 2s, the same choice of rubber as that seen on the outgoing hatch.

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    Safety kit continues as before, with Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), traction control, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist, rear Isofix mounts and hill launch assist (which Ford says has been refined) on the list. Both Fiesta versions are equipped with two airbags.

    Five exterior colours are available for the Sport hatch – Chilli Orange, Metropolitan Gray, True Red, Arctic White (which replaces Cool White) and the new signature colour, Celestial Blue, which replaces Aurora Blue in the lineup. The Titanium sedan has four shade options, these being Metropolitan Grey, Highlight Silver, Arctic White and True Red.

    The Fiesta 1.5 Sport and Titanium both make their market debut at an introductory price of RM86,988, on-the-road with insurance, and come with a five-year/200,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as a three-year/60,000 km Ford Extended Service Plan (ESP) maintenance programme, which covers parts and labour free of charge.

    Read our comprehensive preview drive report on the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta here.

    Click here for the gallery of launch photos.

     
     
  • DRIVEN: Ford Fiesta facelift – 1.5 Ti-VCT sampled

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    The thought that there are more than 10,000 examples of the sixth-generation Ford Fiesta on Malaysian roads is staggering, particularly for someone who bought into the brand well before it was considered swanky to do so. While Japanese car owners won’t understand what’s mind-boggling about that, the out-in-left-field enthusiast who went with something like the second-gen C307 Ford Focus will. Because it wasn’t that long ago that being seen with a Blue Oval wasn’t fashionable, to put it simply. Being different, yes. In vogue, no.

    Being chic in a Ford last happened in the ’80s, when the Laser S and TX3s were very much “in” and cult vehicles. Somewhere along the way, the bean counters committed what would best be termed malfeasance with a series of poor model selections, effectively committing the brand to a slow, progressive downfall (and becoming a Ranger-trick pony) it never recovered from until three years ago.

    The Focus never did the job of lifting the brand out of the doldrums, despite its credentials. The first-gen C170 may have been sterling, but with too few examples (150 or so) and being too niche (manual) it never got things going. The second-gen fared better, but again never became a volume seller. The current third-gen C346 aims to go further, but it isn’t the magic bullet for the brand, or its volume seller.

    The arrival of the Fiesta Mk6 changed all that. This then is the vehicle responsible for putting the brand back on to a decent perch; after all, 10,000 examples since it made its debut in late 2010 isn’t a small matter, considering the state of affairs pre-2010. Of course, three years on, it’s the turn of the facelift to continue lighting up the trail.

    Full take on the facelifted B299 after the jump.

     
     
  • 2013 Ford Fiesta facelift debuts in showrooms, RM87k

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    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.

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    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.

     
     
  • 2013 Ford Fiesta facelift – 1.5 Ti-VCT Sport to be launched on Sept 28, 1.0 EcoBoost to debut year end

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    The 2013 Ford Fiesta facelift will be officially launched in Malaysia on September 28, nearly three years since the car made its debut in the country. The new Fiesta will be introduced here in a solitary 1.5 litre Ti-VCT guise, but the Sport won’t be the only variant in the model line-up for long.

    By December, the much-anticipated 1.0 EcoBoost variant should be making its way into the showrooms – the hatch is likely to get its Malaysian premiere at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 in November. A sedan form for the facelift is there, but whether that will appear alongside the hatch at point of launch remains to be seen.

    The Fiesta facelift, first seen at a Go Further event in Amsterdam in September last year, made its ASEAN debut at the Bangkok Motor Show back in March this year – the car made a teaser appearance on press day, which was also when the 1.0 EcoBoost mill was announced as destined for the region.

    Its exterior has a revised front end, with the by-now familiar Aston Martin-esque grille and a new bonnet replete with a power dome. New design headlamps feature as well, though they are still complex surface reflector units (at least in the case of the 1.5). No DRLs incorporated either, by the looks of it.

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    The main mechanical change is the switch from the 120 PS and 152 Nm 1.6 litre Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing unit to the 1.5 litre Ti-VCT unit that debuted on the pre-facelift Fiesta in Thailand last year. The displacement revision came about in getting the Fiesta compliant with Thailand’s first-car progamme, which allowed first-time car buyers to deduct excise tax paid for the purchase of the car from their personal income tax.

    The 1.5 litre Duratec mill, with 111 PS (109 hp) at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,400 for output numbers, continues on with the familiar six-speed PowerShift transmission. Meanwhile, no revision to the braking system, with the familiar front disc/rear drum combi being retained.

    Aside from that, the new Fiesta features plenty of added kit and bits – the PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox finally gets a manual override, though still no paddles to be found; you’ll have to make do with the SelectShift buttons located on the gearknob, as seen on the third-gen Focus.

    The air-conditioning is now a fully automatic climate control unit (albeit single zone), and new to the car are automatic headlamps, a rain sensor/auto wiper system, full keyless entry and push-button start, all fitted as standard for the 1.5 Sport. Good value, when you consider that for the Australian market these items are all bagged under an optional Sport Executive Pack for that market’s destined 1.0 EcoBoost Fiesta Sport variant.

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    The entire presentation has also been refined – the new car gets partial leather/fabric combination seats, and the silver for the trim panel found on the centre console stack (and instrument binnacle housing) in the current car has been replaced by gloss black. Silver has been retained for the steering wheel boss accent, but now resembles polished metal.

    The six-speaker audio system from the current Fiesta has been retained for the 1.5, with the same layout interface panel to be seen, but Ford SYNC now goes on – the in-car connectivity system that connects mobile devices to the car via Bluetooth or USB had its regional introduction in the Focus last year.

    The 1.5 litre doesn’t get a 4.2-inch TFT screen full colour display (might be the 1.0 EcoBoost variant will), but the display lettering is now presented in blue instead of orange.

    No word on how many airbags the 1.5 will have, but the Australian market examples (Ambiente and Trend versions) feature seven. Given that the existing Fiesta sedan has seven airbags (the limited-run Beta and XTR hatch and outgoing 1.4 LX manual had it too), it would be logical to expect that the 1.5 should have the same number too. For certain, the 1.0 EcoBoost should have the full run.

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    As for wheels, that on the 1.5 litre Ti-VCT may look familiar – the 15-spoke design is identical to that seen on the current sedan, which are 15-inch units. Some info suggests that the multi-spoke alloys for the 1.5 are 16-inch units, but this is unlikely to be the case; if they’re 15-inchers, then they should be wrapped with 185/55 tyres.

    Some final notes. Australia is also scheduled to get the 120 PS and 170 Nm three-cylinder 1.0 EcoBoost variant in December, and for that market the car will be available in five-speed manual transmission as standard, with the six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch transmission as an option.

    We’d ventured in an earlier report that the 1.0 EcoBoost isn’t making its debut at the same time as the 1.5, because the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of The Year is only available with a manual transmission at the moment, and the six-speed Powershift automatic gearbox for the engine in a Fiesta is only scheduled to be ready near the end of the year.

    A quick word on the Fiesta ST as well, since we’re on the topic – the plans to get the pocket rocket in now look quite definite, but looks like that won’t arrive in Malaysia this year as earlier presumed. It’s coming in 2014 though, before the first half is out, from what we hear.

     
     
  • Ford Fiesta 1.5 Ti-VCT facelift to be joined by 1.0 Ecoboost model in Malaysia only in 2014?

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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.

     
     
  • Ford Fiesta facelift – Malaysian debut in August?

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    Is the facelifted Ford Fiesta due to premiere in Malaysia sometime in August? The indicators provided by SDAC’s recently launched Fiesta Movement campaign say it well might.

    The website is looking for people to be the face for the new Fiesta, with the chance to drive the car for a week. The fact that it’s all timed around the Linkin Park Living Things World Tour concert happening on Aug 19, along with the premise to “party like a rockstar at our launch” surely suggests that’s when the car will make its official debut here.

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    We already know that there are two engine variants for the car, a 109 PS and 140 Nm 1.5 litre Ti-VCT as well as a much-anticipated 120 PS and 170 Nm 1.0 litre EcoBoost three-cylinder turbo version, but no indicators as yet as to whether both will mark the facelift’s debut here. What’s pretty certain are that the existing 1.6 and 1.4 litre variants will be replaced by the two new displacement configurations.

    Not much longer to wait then, and since we’re on the subject, apparently there are four VIP tickets (with meet & greet passes) to the Linkin Park concert at the Bukit Jalil Stadium up for grabs. And there’s that chance to drive the new Fiesta for a week.

    Interest piqued? Check out how you can get into the groove here. You’ll spot a familiar face in there, and no, we’re not talking about Fay Hokulani. :)

     
     
  • Ford Fiesta facelift gets ASEAN premiere in Bangkok – will now feature 1.0 litre EcoBoost turbo engine

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    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.

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    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).

     
     
  • Ford Fiesta facelift makes its North American debut

    The facelifted Ford Fiesta continues its global introduction process – the car, which originally broke cover in Europe back in September, has now premiered in the US, making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in both hatch and sedan versions alongside the five-door Fiesta ST.

    In terms of exterior, the American Fiesta doesn’t veer away from its European sibling – virtually all the same cues of the rework are to be found, including that Aston Martin-esque nose.

    Inside, however, the cabin features a slightly different take compared to the European version – the dashboard shape is the most noticeable, but elements such as the door cards and central console display also offer a different outlook. Likewise the steering wheel; it’s still a three-spoke, but the boss and spoke flow reveal changes to the design.

    There’s a MyFord Touch system, replete with 6.5-inch touchscreen, which makes for the rather prominent shape of the central display’s housing. Features like SYNC and MyKey, found on the European car, are also here, and also available is a new eight-speaker Sony HD audio/satellite radio system.

    Like the Euro car, the US Fiesta will wear the 1.0 litre EcoBoost three-cylinder, with output rated here at 123 hp.

     
     
  • Ford Fiesta Sedan facelift pops up in Brazil

    Ford unveiled its facelifted Fiesta – the one with the Aston Martin-style grille – last month in three- and five-door hatchback forms. No sign of the sedan version then, but the facelifted Fiesta sedan has popped up at the Sao Paulo motor show in Brazil. These pics were lifted from the Ford Brasil Facebook page.

    Up front, it’s as per the hatchback, Aston nose and all. But the Fiesta sedan’s narrow and tall proportions means it will never look like the handsome Fusion/Mondeo. The original rear end was the least pleasing part of the sedan, but things have been improved here with new tail lamps and a new bumper. Looks slightly wider now, which was surely the design goal.

    The Brazilian car gets seven airbags, traction control, Hill Launch Assist and Ford’s SYNC multimedia system. Under the hood is a 1.6 litre flex fuel engine. Click here for full details and pics of the facelifted Fiesta hatchback.

     
     
 

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Last Updated 12 Oct 2017