Ford Fiesta will get a hybrid versionJune 9, 2020
Soft Hybrid technology will be available for the 1.0 EcoBoost engine.
Ford has added a “soft” hybrid system to some gasoline versions of its popular Fiesta, promising more savings as a result. In fact, this is the same system as in the larger Puma model. The power plant will be based on a 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine with 123 and 153 hp.
Unlike hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, the Fiesta soft-hybrid, including the Fiesta Van, will never use electricity alone. Instead, the 48-volt system collects energy, which is usually lost during braking, and uses it to help the internal combustion engine accelerate. According to company representatives, for the Fiesta version with a capacity of 123 hp this helps to achieve “almost five percent” savings.
Soft Hybrids will be available on all Fiesta models, except for the Trend basic equipment and the ST charged version. The new engine options are part of the lightweight Fiesta upgrade, which turned out to be the most popular car in the UK.
There are practically no visual changes, but Ford has tuned some details. Less powerful versions of the 1.0-liter engine will receive cylinder deactivation technology that disables one of the three cylinders when the engine is not under heavy load, which helps reduce fuel consumption.
There is also a new seven-speed automatic transmission, available only for a 123-horsepower engine, and it is 15 percent more efficient than a six-speed transmission.
Adaptive cruise control and the updated Sync 3 infotainment system also appeared. Ford also included FordPass Connect technology, which allows customers to control some of the car’s functions from their smartphones.
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