The Ford Fiesta Gets a Hybrid Variant for the First Time

Ford launches an electrified version of the popular Fiesta hatchback.

The Ford Fiesta compact hatchback is the automaker's best selling model in Europe. It is now available with an electrified transmission. The Ford EcoBoost Hybrid system provides increased fuel efficiency with full driving experience.

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The main component of the so-called mild hybrid installation is a belt-integrated starter generator (BISG) instead of a standard alternator, which allows restoring and storing energy that is usually lost during braking and when driving coasting. A 48-Volt air-cooled Li-ion battery accumulates energy.

The BISG also acts as a small engine, delivering up to 24 Nm and using the stored energy to support the engine's torque during standard driving and acceleration, as well as powering the Fiesta's electrical auxiliary devices and reducing the engine load, and therefore fuel consumption. The 125-hp EcoBoost Hybrid delivers an almost 5% increase in fuel efficiency compared to a traditional EcoBoost petrol engine with the same power output.

Besides, the BISG allowed Ford engineers to reduce the compression ratio of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and add a larger turbocharger to increase power. The more powerful BISG also allows the Auto Start-Stop Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid technology to operate in a wider range, and jam the internal combustion engine at a low speed, for example, when the car slows down in traffic or in front of a traffic light. Moreover, it is worth adding that both the Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and traditional petrol powertrains are available with a power output of 95 hp and 125 hp, and now use the latest generation of the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with cylinder deactivation.

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Finally, along with the hybrid technology, the Ford Fiesta will feature adaptive cruise control with full stop function and road sign recognition.

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