Ford Adds Mild-Hybrid Tech To Fiesta Lineup
10 June 2020 - Motor1
It's available for the 1.0 EcoBoost engine.
Ford has added mild-hybrid power to some gasoline versions of its popular Fiesta supermini, promising improved economy as a result. Essentially the same system as seen in the larger Puma SUV, the new mild-hybrid assistance will be added to the 123-hp and 153-hp versions of Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine.
Unlike hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, the mild-hybrid Fiestas - including the weird Fiesta Van - will never use electrical power alone. Instead, the 48-volt system harvests energy that would normally be lost while decelerating and uses it to help the combustion engine when pulling away. For the 123-hp version of the Fiesta, Ford says this helps to deliver an improvement in economy of "almost five percent".
Mild-hybrid power will be available on all but the entry-level Trend and high-performance ST models of the Fiesta. The entry-level model gets a 1.0-liter EcoBoost Hybrid with 123 hp and the mid-range Titanium trim level, which comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, and satellite navigation.
The new engine options are part of a light revamp for the Fiesta, which happens to be the UK's most popular car. Visual tweaks are essentially non-existent, but Ford has tweaked the mechanical parts. The less powerful versions of the 1.0-liter gas engine get cylinder deactivation technology that turns off one of the three cylinders when the engine is not under heavy load, helping to reduce fuel consumption.
There's a new seven-speed automatic gearbox, too, although that's only for the 123-hp engine. Nevertheless, Ford claims the combination is up to 15 percent more efficient than the outgoing 99-hp 1.0‑liter with the six-speed automatic transmission.
There are tech changes, too, with the addition of adaptive cruise control that helps the vehicle maintain a safe distance to the vehicle in front and will bring the car to a complete stop if necessary, as well as an updated Sync 3 infotainment system, which Ford claims is now "more intuitive and easier to use". Ford has also fitted FordPass Connect modem technology as standard, allowing customers to control some vehicle features from their smartphones. Door lock status, vehicle location, and fuel level data can all be accessed remotely.