Ford is cutting a radical path through the small hatchback forest with the stylish new Fiesta which goes on sale here on April 15, with prices starting at $24,490
Ford will sell the Fiesta Zetec with a choice of two engines, one coupled to a manual transmission and the other to an automatic.
The $24,490 Fiesta Zetec petrol runs a 1.6-litre Duratec Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) engine.
It develops 88kW/152Nm but is more fuel efficient than the 1.6 in the outgoing Fiesta. Ford quotes a combined fuel economy of 5.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 139 grams/km.
The other model has a 1.4-litre Duratec engine with a Durashift four-speed automatic and Ford says it’s good for 6.5 litres/100km and Co2 emissions of 154 grams/km. It retails for $25,990.
New Fiestas get 16-inch alloy wheels, sport rear spoiler and front grille, and power adjustable and heated body-coloured side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
Fiestas are available in a range of 11 bold colours, and standard kit includes Bluetooth hands-free telephone connectivity with Voice Control, USB and 3.5mm auxiliary audio inputs for MP3 players and iPods, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio system controls.
Safety gear includes a knee airbag for the first time in a small Ford. It deploys from the lower instrument panel and joins dual front and head and thorax side airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger.
All Fiestas have Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control (TC).