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Ford Fiesta (2008) replacement spied
10 October 2007 01:03
Will the next Fiesta be nice and green?
It should be. Engines will range from 1.2 to 1.6 litres, and the car should start to receive downsized and turbocharged engines too. Part of the line-up will also include Ford’s new ECOnetic technology. The Focus is about to receive a 1.6-litre diesel and in that car the 108bhp engine delivers 65.7mpg and emits just 115g/km. Expect those figures to be even better in the smaller Fiesta replacement. ECOnetic cars also receive various aerodynamic tweaks. To keep up with the Joneses, the next Fiesta ST will almost certainly be turbocharged, following on from the blown Focus ST. Expect 1.6 litres and at least 170bhp. Also on the cards is a replacement for the Fusion, but the Mk2 needs to be a lot more exciting to look at.
What else should I know about the new Fiesta?
It shares a lot of its componentry with the Mazda 2 - about 60 percent of parts are the same. Not that you’ll be able to tell though, as it’s all under-the-surface stuff. The Mazda 2 is about 100kg lighter than the previous model, so expect the Fiesta replacement to be equally slimline. However, part of the 2’s weight loss was due to a shrink in size so whether the next Fiesta is smaller remains to be seen. Either way, the tie-up is more extensive than between the Mondeo and the new Mazda 6.