2013 Ford Fiesta ditches diesel; gains new face, Sync, petrol engines

Ford has confirmed that, along with the hot ST version, the facelifted version of the Fiesta will arrive in Australian showrooms from September 2013.

Along with revised styling, the updated Aussie Fiesta will gain Sync for the first time, as well as the EcoBoost 1-litre 3-cylinder engine and a more efficient 1.5-litre petrol; the diesel option is no more.

Under the hood the revised Fiesta will be powered by either 4-cylinder 1.5-litre engine or turbocharged 1-litre 3-cylinder engine. The 1.5-litre Duratec engine produces 82kW/140Nm, drinks 5.8L/100km and outputs 137g/km of CO2. On the other hand the 1-litre EcoBoost motor churns out more power and torque (92kW and 170Nm, respectively) but, in official testing drinks and emits less — 4.9L/100km and 113g/km in the manual, and 5.3L/100km and 121g/km with the dual-clutch auto.

Both engines can be paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission. Unlike the rest of the update range, the 1-litre EcoBoost won’t arrive in Australia until December 2013.

New to Australia-bound Fiestas is Ford’s Sync system, which allows drivers to use voice recognition to control phones and media players connected via either USB or Bluetooth.

Thanks to new headlights, bumpers, grille and bonnet, the updated Fiesta bears a revised look more in line with yet-to-launch-in-Australia next generation Ford Mondeo; the rear tail-lights have also been tweaked.

According to Ford Australia’s Neil McDonald the diesel was given the old heave-ho because diesel engines are too expensive for this price sensitive segment, and the new 1-litre EcoBoost produces similar economy and emissions figures. By way of comparison the WT Fiesta’s 1.6-litre turbo-diesel produces 66kW/200Nm, drinks 4.4L/100km and emits 117g/km. It probably goes without saying that the diesel’s lack of an automatic transmission option didn’t help matters.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]