2013 Ford Fiesta hatchback with SDAC management and ambassadors Domestic Ford distributors Sime Darby Auto Connexion last weekend unveiled the new Ford Fiesta in the most hip and happening way at the Taylors University Lakeside campus.

To mark the occasion of the debut of the ‘baby’ Ford, SDAC (Sime Darby Auto Connexion) held a LIVE concert featuring a host of regional and local artists, impressionists and more during that eventful Saturday from dawn till dusk.

New Ford Fiesta picks up a load of upgraded elements, be it in Hatchback or Sedan form

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Essentially there are two versions of the new Ford Fiesta; the Fiesta Sport which is a hatchback and the Fiesta Titanium, a sedan. Ford’s compact variant is targeted towards the young, tech-savvy individuals who profess to the dynamically-designed compact’s fun-to-drive and vibrant characteristics.

2013 Ford Fiesta front grille

Exterior-wise, the new Ford compact takes up a ‘trapezoidal’ front grille that resembles very closely to a British sports car maker’s variant. The trapezoidal grille now becomes a signature element in all Ford cars. Meanwhile, the sculpted bottom grille consists of the straight forward black mesh, wrapped in chrome. Angular headlights and slightly protruded, rounded foglights amplify the front’s power-dome hood. Not forgetting of course, the Blue Oval, Ford’s recognizable emblem, at the top of the trapezoidal grille.

2013 Ford Fiesta

Not many changes to the side profile as most elements have been brought forward to the new line including; the customary flowing line, tilting silhouette rear to front and 16-inch wheels, standard for the hatchback and sedan. From the rear, the new Ford Fiesta’s tail lights have been given a bit more details to be in harmony with the almond-shaped head lights. On the five-door hatchback, a new rear spoiler enhances the car’s sporty attitude, while the four-door sedan features new bumper fascia. The chrome accent in the lower bumper fascia of the sedan further conveys visual width and the vehicle’s premium look.

The new Ford Fiesta receives some updates on the inside, consisting; the mobile phone-inspired dashboard, high-gloss, flowing instrument panel or lighter two-tone panel and flowing door panel. The Blue lighting for dials, switches and displays is back, while the Fiesta’s upholstery is made up of leather (sedan) and partial leather, fabric materials (hatchback). Conveniences and amenities in the new Fiesta include the Ford SYNC that enables Bluetooth connectivity and MP3 capabilities, Smart Keyless Entry, a pocket fob that unlocks door on approach or at a push of a button, Push start switch, rain-sensing wipers, and headlights with home-safe lighting, even puddle lights and automatic headlamp technology.

As its predecessor, the Fiesta is powered by the global 1.5-liter twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) four-cylinder petrol engine, paired to 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. It delivers 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and peak torque of 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm. Ti-VCT technology allows precise, variable control of “valve overlap” – the window of time in which both the intake and exhaust valves in an engine are open at the same time. For the driver, this means improved low-speed torque and increased fuel economy. Corresponding fuel consumption and emissions figures read 5.8l/100km and 137 g/km2 respectively. There’s also an EcoMode to assure a fuel conscious drive.

Interestingly, the new Ford Fiesta features smart regenerative charging that intelligently controls when the alternator charges the car’s battery. Whenever possible, the alternator charges the battery when it is most economical to do so, such as when the car is braking, coasting or idling, prolonging battery life and improving fuel economy. This technology is a form of regenerative braking.

Ride and stability of the car relies on the dependable shock absorbers with new front suspension. When it comes down to safety, the Fiesta is incorporated with a bunch of features;  high-strength steel and ultra-high-strength lightweight steel body (up to 55 percent), a load of passive and active features like 2 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Rear parking aid with park pilot, Hill Launch Assist and more.

2013 Ford Fiesta Titanium (Sedan)

New Ford Fiesta Sedan and Hatchback’s price and availability

Available in these body shades: Celestial Blue, Arctic White, Metropolitan Grey, True Red and Chili Orange (Hatchback); True Red, Arctic White, Highlight Silver and Metropolitan Grey (Sedan); both Fiesta sedan and hatchback run at RM 86,988 on-the-road with insurance, including extended warranty of 5-year or 200,000km and extended service plan (ESP). Ford ESP is a free three-year or 60,000km maintenance program that covers parts and labor free of charge. In addition to routine inspection and maintenance services, Ford’s ESP covers free replacements for selected wear-and-tear items, including spark plugs, shock absorbers, engine belts, brake pads and wiper blades.