An all-new Ford Fiesta goes on sale this spring as a 2014 model. The 2014 Fiesta is expected to be available with a choice of 1.6-liter four-cylinder or 1.0-liter three-cylinder engines, in five-door hatchback and four-door sedan versions. |
Only a few years after returning the long absent Fiesta nameplate to the U.S. market, Ford is getting set to put the subcompact line through a complete makeover. That will include the powertrain line-up. And the big news is that the American version will share the all-new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine Ford recently introduced in Europe. The Detroit maker is promising that the package will be the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle on American roads. Though we likely won't see fuel economy numbers until closer to launch, expect something well in excess of 40 miles per gallon on the highway, Ford suggests.
Those who recall earlier three-cylinder engines will also be pleased that Ford plans to address the issues of roughness and noise with some creative technical solutions such as an off-balanced flywheel. And because of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost's small but high-revving turbocharger, the engine will turn out a solid 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, 3 hp and 36 lb-ft more than the outgoing Fiesta's 1.6-liter inline-four, with minimal turbolag.
The 1.6-liter I4 is likely to remain the 2014 Fiesta's mainstay powertrain with a premium on the 3-cylinder EcoBoost. Meanwhile, expect Ford to update the efficient but troublesome PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox in time for the new model's roll-out.
As before, Ford will be offering both a five-door hatch and a sedan. The hatchback will remain the sportier of the two, though Americans continue to prefer four-door designs. The basic shapes are only marginally changed but Ford has made some welcome tweaks that give both versions of the 2014 Fiesta a more sophisticated, even upscale, appearance.
Most notably, the new model lifts key design cues from the wildly popular Ford Evos concept vehicle and now shares the trapezoid grille found on the 2013 Ford Fusion remake. The headlights are also thinner, with bolder air intakes and a subtle power dome on the hood.
The good news is that the 2014 sedan will be even less boxy than the outgoing four door, with a flowing, almost coupe-like roofline that extends will into decklid territory to ensure backseat passengers don't get shortchanged on headroom.
The interior on the European hatchback revealed at the recent Paris Motor Show, meanwhile, was a fair bit more up-market in appearance, with elegant use of piano black and chrome details, which are expected to follow over to the States. So will the newer, high-tech digital dashboard display.
As seemingly always, the European models will get more standard gear, which buyers on the Continent seem willing to pay for. But the American version won't be a stripped-down econobox. Look for safety features including seven airbags and electronic stability control, possibly Hill Launch Assist. There'll also be the latest version of the Ford Sync infotainment system which should allow for extensive links to smartphone apps.