Ford Motor Company’s new Fiesta sedan makes its ASEAN debut at the 31st Bangkok Motor Show. Two models of the Thailand-built global compact – a Highlight Silver four-door sedan and a Chilli Orange five-door hatchback – take centre stage at the automaker’s display, kicking off the show that runs from 26 March – 6 April 2010.

The dynamic new Fiesta will be available with two I-4 E20-capable petrol engine configurations, with displacements of 1.4 and 1.6 litres. The 1.6-litre variation boasts a Duratec Ti-VCT (Twin-Independent Variable Cam Timing) which makes for a responsive and fuel-efficient driving experience.

The new Fiesta also will be the first Ford in Asia available with an advanced new six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission. This is the first time that Ford’s PowerShift gearbox is applied in small cars in Asia. The six-speed PowerShift will deliver the fuel efficiency of a manual gearbox with the convenience and ease of a premium automatic transmission, as well as shift smoothness, unmatched power and torque, and best-in-class fuel efficiency.

The new Fiesta features a number of passive and active safety systems, including the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which is standard on all PowerShift models. A driver-side airbag and ABS breaking system with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) are standard equipment on all models.

The new Fiesta will also feature cool and hi-tech gadgetry that is unique to its segment – including Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, and a voice control system.

Slated for introduction in Thailand in the third quarter of 2010, the new Fiesta will be built locally at AutoAlliance Thailand’s new USD 500-million passenger car production facility in Rayong.

On the exterior, Fiesta’s exclusive kinetic design is bold and expressive. With pronounced wheel arches, the Fiesta is well planted and conveys motion even while standing still.

To celebrate both the Fiesta hatchback and sedan reveal, a world-renowned ‘Quick Change Show’ will be performed at the Ford stand during the first weekend of the Bangkok Show – on 26 – 28 March – with professional artists putting on their dazzling and magical routine for the first time ever in Asia.

Aside from the Fiesta, Ford is also displaying the new Ford Focus with a new “Finesse” trim package and a special matte-black “Monster” Focus with black wheels. Additionally, there are the Ranger Hi-Rider XLS, Ford Escape and Everest at the show as well.

Edited from Ford source