The folks at Ford have introduced a mild-hybrid powertrain to some of its petrol models in the Fiesta line up.
According to Ford, the new mild-hybrid system will be added to the 91 kW and the 114 kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines for an improved economy.
The 48-volt system harvests energy that would normally be lost while decelerating and uses it to help the combustion engine when pulling away. For the 91 kW version of the Fiesta, Ford says this helps to deliver an improvement in the economy of “almost five per cent”.
Mild-hybrid power will be available on all but the entry-level Trend and high-performance ST models of the Fiesta. The entry-level model gets a 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid with 114 kW and the mid-range Titanium trim level, which comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, and satellite navigation.
There’s a new seven-speed automatic gearbox, too, although that’s only for the 114 kW engine. Nevertheless, Ford claims the combination is up to 15 per cent more efficient than the outgoing 73 kW 1.0-litre with the six-speed automatic transmission.
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