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New Fiesta Details Announced

Wed, 22 Aug 2001
Ford has announced details of its new Fiesta 5-door model which is to be one of the many stars of the September Frankfurt Motor Show and which goes on sale in the UK in Spring 2002.

Dimensions of the 5-door in the photo will be: length 3,917mm (12 ft 10in); width 1,683mm (5 ft 6in); height: 1,417mm (4ft 8in). Luggage volume is 284 litres to the parcel shelf with the rear seats up.

Four engines will be available at launch. Most interesting is the new PSA sourced 1,399cc Duratorq TDCi aluminium block, common rail direct-injected diesel. Power output is 68ps at 4,000rpm with 160Nm (118 lb ft) torque at 1,750rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 14.5 seconds, top speed 102mph, Euro combined mpg 62.8 and CO2 emissions 119g/km (£110pa VED). This engine meets Euro III emissions limits.

Next, the 1,388cc Duratec 16v which is a development of the 1.4 16v Zetec S engine in the current Fiesta and Focus. Power output is 80ps at 5,700rpm with 127Nm (94 lb ft) torque at 3,500rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 13.2 seconds, top speed 103mph, Euro combined mpg 46.3 and CO2 emissions 146g/km (£100pa VED). This engine meets Euro IV emissions limits.

Next, the 1,596cc Duratec 16v which is a development of the 1.4 16v Zetec S engine in the current Fiesta, Puma and Focus. Power output is 100ps at 6,000rpm with 143Nm (105 lb ft) torque at 4,000rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 10.5 seconds, top speed 115mph, Euro combined mpg 42.8 and CO2 emissions 158g/km (£120pa VED). This engine meets Euro IV emissions limits.

And finally the 1,297cc Duratec 8v derived from the ancient pushrod 'Valencia' engine currently powering base Fiestas and Kas. Power output is 68ps at 5,000rpm with 108Nm (80 lb ft) torque at 2,800rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 15.7 seconds, top speed 99mph, Euro combined mpg 48.7 and CO2 emissions 139g/km (£100pa VED). This engine meets Euro IV emissions limits.

Standard equipment on all models will include ABS with EBD, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, twin dual stage front airbags, five three-point seatbelts, decoupling pedals to protect the driver's feet in a severe impact, a passive anti-theft system, and a spare wheel stowed inside the boot rather than slung under it. Standard tyres will be 175/65R14 which should help ride comfort. Side airbags, side curtain bags, perimeter alarm system and remote central locking are available either as standard or as extras depending on model.

Rear suspension is twist beam with compact spring damper units developed from the system used on the current Fiesta and Puma rather than the 'Control Blade' rear suspension used on the Focus.

Prices will be announced closer to the on sale date.

More at www.ford.co.uk

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