New Fiesta gets Mondeo-style grille and eco-engine boost

Cologne (dpa) – Ford’s successful small car, the Fiesta, will weigh in at the Paris Car Show with an award-winning green engine and a raft of exterior styling changes.

The rejig for the European market in 2013 marks the debut of the striking Fusion/Mondeo-style grille. It bears more than a passing resemblance to the nose treatment of the current line-up of Aston Martin sportscars.

”We had to keep that vital part of Fiesta’s make-up – but we also wanted to give it a more sophisticated look,” said Martin Smith, Ford of Europe executive design director.

Under the skin is the fuel-frugal 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. The three-cylinder unit won the ”2012 International Engine of the Year” award. It is claimed to offer ”best-in-class” fuel economy.

Output is given as 74 or 92 horsepower depending on the state of tune chosen. The motor is already an option for the Focus.

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