Ford Fiesta mild hybrid on sale from £ 21,860
The Ford Fiesta supermini can now be ordered with a mild hybrid powertrain for the first time, promising efficiency gains of up to 5%.
Available in outputs of 122 hp and 153 hp, the new hybrid system uses a 48 V belt-driven starter / generator and relies on regenerative braking to charge a lithium-ion battery. It is capable of delivering an additional 15 lb-ft of peak torque to Ford’s 1.0-liter Ecoboost gasoline engine, as well as assisting at lower speeds to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
Ford claims the 122bhp Ecoboost Hybrid is capable of 109g / km CO2 and 52.3mpg on the WLTP test cycle, an improvement of around 5% over the non-hybrid engine.
A larger turbocharger was installed and the engine’s compression ratio was lowered, allowing more power while the belt starter dampened turbo-lag, and Ford’s stop-start system is now able to operate while traveling at speeds below 15 mph.
All versions of the 2020 Fiesta received technology upgrades, including active braking for the cross-traffic alert system, a relocated subwoofer for the optional B&O Play audio system for more luggage space and new Sport and Trail driving modes for the Fiesta Active. The Fiesta Active and ST-Line variants also benefit from a perpendicular parking function for active parking assistance.
Mild hybrid models start with the Titanium trim level, with prices starting at £ 19,860. A 93bhp 1.0-liter petrol is still available as an entry-level engine, while the 123bhp non-hybrid model can now be fitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Deliveries are expected to begin towards the end of the year.
The Fiesta Mild Hybrid is part of Ford’s pledge to electrify its entire passenger car lineup in Europe, with 18 models slated to go on sale by the end of 2021, although a full plug-in hybrid Fiesta will not do. currently not part of the announced plan. publicly.
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