Ford has added mild hybrid electrification to its Fiesta supermini, with the 48-Volt technology bringing claimed efficiency improvements of almost 5%, according to the brand, while technology and connectivity are also improved.
Increased levels of driver assistance technology includes the introduction of speed sign recognition and adaptive cruise control with stop and go, while the Active Park Assist function has added perpendicular park assist, cross traffic alert is added to the options list and the faux-SUV Fiesta Active model now has Sport and Trail modes in addition to the existing normal, eco and slippery settings.
A Ford Pass Connect modem is now fitted to every car, enabling the possibility of controlling functions such as door unlock, remote start on automatic models, vehicle locator and vehicle status from the FordPass mobile app, while live traffic updates are also available.
In addition, Ford has upgraded its Sync3 infotainment system, which is claimed to be more intuitive, with a new interface with larger touchscreen buttons. A wireless charging pad is now on the options list.
The only other engineering change on top of the mild hybrid tech for the 125hp and 155hp versions of the 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine is a new seven-speed automatic gearbox for the 125hp petrol engine.
The mild hybrid 125hp engine is the most efficient in the line-up from 109g/km, while the 155hp version is at 116g/km. The sole diesel, the 85hp 1.5 is at a best of 114g/km, making the petrol the more logical company car choice.
Ford has also introduced the mild hybrid technology to the Fiesta Van’s 125hp petrol engine, with the revised model available to order from August, claiming an emissions improvement of up to 6% on its smallest light commercial vehicle.
The Fiesta Van also gets LED reflector headlights as standard on the Trend model and LED projector lights on Sport, as well as new alloy wheel designs for both trims.