An electric summer? The Ford Fiesta is going hybrid!The future of driving is unquestionably electric, so we were pleased to read that one of our best-selling models is getting a mild-hybrid powertrain this summer.
Ford is committed to electrifying all its European cars by the end of next year, and has announced a new EcoBoost hybrid model for its iconic Fiesta range. And its timing couldn’t be better – electric and hybrid vehicles are surging in popularity, with a record 72,000 being sold last year!
The Fiesta, meanwhile, holds the title of the most popular car in the UK, with 77,833 registrations in 2019 alone. It’s also got a raft of awards under its belt, including the 2020 What Car? Best Hot Hatch under £24,000 (for the ST model), the 2019 Auto Express Supermini of the Year, and the Top Gear Magazine Car of the Year 2018 (ST).
But does the new mild-hybrid model have what it takes to snag a podium spot during the next awards season? Let’s take a closer look…
Ford has announced a pair of new 48-volt mild-hybrid engines for the Fiesta family – 123bhp and 153bhp (which you’ll also find in the Ford Puma). Mild hybrid (mHEV) powertrains are a cost-effective way to join the electric revolution, and the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid offers all the uncompromised performance you’d expect from this agile hatchback, but with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
The hybrid powertrain combines the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with an electric motor in support, plus a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The separate 48V Li-ion battery is automatically charged with regenerative braking by harvesting energy that would normally be lost – no plugging in required!
While the headline changes are under the bonnet, the 2020 Fiesta will come with some new tech too – including Adaptive Cruise Control, an updated Sync 3 infotainment system, and FordPass Connect modem technology as standard.
Whether you’re looking to improve your fuel consumption on city commutes or want to save money on running costs, then why not register your interest in the new Ford Fiesta today with Johnsons? And if you want to find out more about hybrid or electric motoring, visit one of our dealerships to discuss your needs further.