Ford Fiesta Facelift (2022): New edges

Ford is revising the Fiesta for 2022 and is mainly working on the design and safety. The small car now looks much more angular. We took a closer look at the evergreen in the first check.

Currently Ford is building the Fiesta of the eighth generation in Cologne-Niehl. For the facelift, the design team focused primarily on the front of the Fiesta. That's where the changes are most noticeable. The technical development of the small car primarily includes new safety systems and improvements to the lamps. The facelift will be available to customers in Germany at the beginning of 2022.

The equipment lines

The current Fiesta has been built since 2017, the facelift leaves the platform untouched. This means that the dimensions and trunk volume of the car remain the same. Means: The Fiesta remains available as a three- or five-door model. The Fiesta Trend and the Fiesta Cool & Connect are still available as basic versions. The trend forms the entry point for the equipment lines of the Fiesta. With a starting price of 14,600 euros, it is the cheapest. Highlights of this version are manual air conditioning or the fabric upholstery in anthracite. The Fiesta Cool & Connect offers a little more comfort and equipment from 16,550 euros. In contrast to the Fiesta trend, the entertainment system SYNC3 Light is available. The improved equipment also offers voice control via the telephone. Ford delivers the Fiesta Titanium with alloy wheels. Park pilot or automatic air conditioning emphasize the comfortable design. The Titanium costs at least 19,200 euros. The Fiesta Active is a crossover and its height makes it more noticeable than the other versions. Ford raises the ground clearance by 19 millimeters and demands 21,150 euros for the Fiesta. This sum also forms the starting price of the ST-Line of the Fiesta. It is the sportier version of the small car. A sporty chassis and a different body kit make the Ford look more dynamic. The Fiesta ST represents the peak performance, which clearly stands out from its brothers. The ST chassis proves the sportiness of the small car. ST optics inside and outside of the car leave no doubt as to the special nature of the Fiesta. The most expensive Fiesta costs at least 27,750 euros.

The top variant Fiesta Vignale disappears from the offer. With the introduction of the facelift for 2022, the customer can order the "X" and "Vignale" packages for the equipment lines ST-Line, Titanium and Active. The X package costs 1,400 euros extra and includes, among other things, a reversing camera, ambient lighting or tinted side windows in the rear and a dark-tinted rear window. If that's not enough, you can order the Vignale upgrade for a further 1,400 euros. Here the customer gets the premium upholstery for the seats or door sill trims.

Changed design

The changes on the front of the small car are the most striking. The Fiesta's fog lamps move up from the lower fender and find their place with the headlights. Depending on the equipment variant, the designers fill the space gained with differently designed placeholders. The newly designed bonnet is slightly higher than before and accommodates a larger grille. Ford places its brand logo there in the facelift, which was previously found above. In the future, the equipment variant can be read on the radiator grille. The Ford Fiesta Trend features horizontal struts with a high-gloss chrome surround and side vents. In the Titanium version, Ford also chromed the cross braces. In keeping with its DNA, the ST-Line appears sportier because the radiator grille is pulled further down and has a high-gloss honeycomb insert as the shape of the air inlets. The Active crossover variant completes the Fiesta family with its vertical grille moldings and more powerful side air intakes.

The headlights are much slimmer and squarer. This makes the Fiesta appear more dynamic. Ford is using LED headlights as standard on the Fiesta for the first time. The adaptive LED matrix headlights are available as an option. At the rear of the car, the changes are minimal. The Ford's taillights get new black bezels. For all trim levels, only the term "Fiesta" and the reference to a hybrid, if available, remain as lettering. Only with the sporty Fiesta ST do these lettering disappear and "ST" is emblazoned in red letters on the Ford.

There are seven newly designed alloy wheels for the facelift. The highlight are the 18-inch rims on the Fiesta ST, which the customer can order on request. From the factory they have a diameter of 17 inches. In terms of colors, Boundless Blue Metallic and Beautiful Berry Red Metallic expand the portfolio. The color variant Mean Green Metallic is available for the Fiesta ST.

Interior and safety

In the interior, the changes are also moderate, including, for example, seat seams in the body color. In the future, Ford will manufacture the seats for the compact sports car Fiesta ST itself. Recaro was previously responsible for this. The display grows to 12.3 inches and should make it easier to use. For the first time in the Fiesta, Ford installed the local hazard warning system (Local Hazard Information) and the wrong-way driver warning function (Wrong Way Alert). These assistance systems were not previously available in small cars. The wrong-way driver warning function compares the windscreen camera with the navigation system and thus recognizes whether the driver is about to make a wrong turn onto the motorway. Light and sound signals warn of the impending danger.

In addition to the usual safety systems such as blind spot assistant or lane assistant, additional driving modes serve as additional help. The Fiesta Active with its higher ground clearance gets the modes "Slippery" and "Trail" in addition to the existing programs "Eco", "Normal" and "Sport". The system adjusts the response of the gas pedal and the sensitivity of the ESP. The cross-traffic warning system Cross-Traffic Alert with active brake intervention and the Pre-Collision Assist, also with active brake intervention, round off the safety systems on the Fiesta. The optional Park Assist takes over the steering while the driver continues to operate the accelerator, brakes and gearshift. The SYNC3 communication and entertainment system is optional in the Fiesta. Connected smartphones can be controlled with simple voice commands. Mobile phones can be connected to SYNC3 via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen is eight inches and is gesture and touch responsive. The optional reversing camera is shown on the display if required.

Engines

Ford is not changing anything on the engine side. The one-liter three-cylinder with EcoBoost is still available in three different performance classes. There is a choice of engines with 100 hp, 125 hp or 155 hp. The 125 hp and 155 hp engines are available as mild hybrids with 48-volt technology. The hybrid version with 125 hp can be ordered with an optional 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The basic unit remains the 1.1 liter three-cylinder with 75 hp, which is the only one with a 5-speed manual transmission, while the other engine variants are combined with at least a 6-speed manual transmission. The standard start-stop system intervenes from a speed of less than 12 km/h. As always, the Fiesta ST is at the top of the performance scale. It has a 200-hp, 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine under the hood, whose maximum torque has increased by 10 percent to 320 Newton meters. Diesel engines have not been available for the Ford Fiesta since 2020. And the remaining combustion engines only have a limited service life. From 2024, Ford plans to only offer electric Fiestas.

Conclusion

Something for everyone - with the facelift of the Fiesta, Ford continues to cover a wide range, from the economical city runabout to the compact sports car for the striking appearance to the robust crossover Active. The modified front and additional assistance systems will keep the Fiesta fresh until the all-electric replacement comes in 2024.

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