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Ford is to expand the Fiesta range

15th August, 2010 (copyright image)

A Fiesta sedan is coming to Australia

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  • 1.6 litre diesel power
  • Sedan models join the hatch range
  • New six-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • New equipment and features

Ford's popular Fiesta is undergoing a variety of enhancements, giving it even more to boast about – including an expanded diesel power option, the introduction of sedan models, and an all-new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Fiesta hatch took the Australian light car segment by storm when it debuted last year. Its popularity is set to grow further when the first models from the enhanced WT range are released later this year, offering small-car buyers even greater value, choice and style.

Expanded diesel range

Chief amongst Fiesta's changes is the expansion of diesel power beyond the popular ECOnetic model. This highly efficient 1.6 litre diesel engine is a bonus for Australian WT Fiesta buyers; it's torque-rich – 200 Nm – and impressively fuel-efficient, consuming only 4.4 litres per 100 km (combined cycle, ADR81/02).

Customers will be able to option this efficient diesel power unit in the Fiesta LX sedan, LX hatch or Zetec hatch (Zetec hatch will be available in Australia first quarter 2011). Partnering the diesel engine is a five-speed manual transmission.

A 1.6 litre petrol engine with manual transmission is standard across the updated Fiesta range (except ECOnetic, diesel; and CL sedan, auto). Its 89 kW and 151 Nm of torque adds even more driving fun. Like its new diesel sibling fuel consumption is also low, using 6.1 litres per 100 km (combined cycle, ADR81/02).

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Meanwhile, the impressive five-door Fiesta ECOnetic will continue as Australia's most fuel-efficient vehicle (3.7-litres per 100 km, combined cycle ADR81/02).

Fiesta first: the new sedan

For the first time Australian Fiesta buyers will have the choice of a sedan model.

The WT Fiesta sedan captures the "energy in motion" design 'DNA' of the model range while delivering flexibility for small-car buyers. The new sedan boasts an impressive 430 litres of cargo space, combining all of Fiesta's great features with exceptional carrying capacity.

The sedan body style will be available in both CL and LX models.

New Powershift® six-speed automatic transmission

An all-new six-speed automatic transmission also debuts in the updated Fiesta range. This technologically advanced transmission uses dual-clutch technology, a drivetrain feature normally found in more expensive vehicles. Its sophisticated design delivers the best of both worlds: the fuel economy and responsiveness of a manual and the convenience of an automatic.

The new Powershift® six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available with the standard-fitment 1.6-litre petrol engine.

 New features

Fiesta's trademark value will now be even greater thanks to a number of equipment enhancements.

All WT Fiesta models will come fitted with Ford's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, a feature previously available on CL and LX models as part of the Safety Pack. In fact, all WT Fiesta models will pack an impressive safety arsenal, which includes up to seven airbags (five for Fiesta CL), ABS braking, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and traction control.

On the entertainment front, Ford's WT Fiesta CL will come fitted with Bluetooth®1 partnered with voice-control technology. All models feature MP3 and AUX input connections for personal entertainment devices.

A new sports suspension system will underpin the sporty WT Fiesta Zetec hatch (available in Australia Q1 2011). This combines specially tuned front struts, bushings and damper stabiliser bars to enhance driving performance. Holding Zetec drivers firmly in place will be new sports front seats.

A number of subtle exterior design changes further enhance Fiesta's kinetic design and include new wheel designs and, in the case of the WT Fiesta CL, body-coloured bumpers.

The new Ford Fiesta also gains an exciting new colour and upholstery palette, comprising nine paint colours and three interior trim choices.

At a glance: WT Ford Fiesta new equipment

In addition to the introduction of a sedan variant for CL and LX models, the following new equipment has been added to the WT Fiesta range.

- Fiesta CL

  • Larger 89 kW 1.6 litre Ti-VCT engine standard
  • Powershift® six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (optional on CL Hatch, standard on CL sedan)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Driver's beltminder
  • Passenger beltminder (included with optional Safety Pack)
  • New body-coloured bumpers
  • New wheel design
  • Bluetooth® with voice control
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Stowage compartment under front passenger seat
  • Temporary Mobility Kit

- Fiesta LX
Same as Fiesta CL but also includes:

  • 1.6-litre DV6 diesel engine with five-speed manual transmission (optional)
  • Side curtain/thorax airbags and driver's knee airbag with driver and passenger beltminders
  • New wheel design

- Fiesta Zetec
Same as Fiesta LX but also includes:

  • All-new sports suspension
  • New sports seats
  • New Zetec wheel design
  • New sports front bumper and honeycomb grille

At a glance:  WT Ford Fiesta model range






Fiesta ECOnetic 5D hatch

1.6 l diesel,

5-sp Manual

66 kW/200 Nm


Fiesta CL 5D hatch

1.6 l petrol

5-sp Manual**

89 kW/151 Nm

Q4 2010

Fiesta CL 4D sedan

1.6 l petrol

6-sp Auto

89 kW/151 Nm

Q4 2010

Fiesta LX 5D hatch

1.6 l petrol*

5-sp Manual**

89 kW/151 Nm

Q4 2010

Fiesta LX 4D sedan

1.6 l petrol*

5-sp Manual**

89 kW/151 Nm

Q4 2010

Fiesta Zetec 5D hatch

1.6 l petrol*

5-sp Manual**

89 kW/151 Nm

Q1 2011


* 1.6l diesel with 5-speed manual optionally available
** Powershift® 6-speed dual-clutch automatic optionally available
1 Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc., and is used under licence.


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