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by Brett Davis

Some revisions have been made to the current Ford Feista range which sees the introduction of a sedan variant due later this year. There will also be a diesel engine option available and a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Ford Australia will release these new options during the last quarter of this year.

The diesel option is available right now though, only in manual transmission form. The 1.6-litre, four-cylinder boasts average fuel economy figures of 4.4L/100km. The new engine also displaces 200Nm worth of torque, so it should have no trouble zipping around town or making long highway hauls. The diesel engine will be available in all other models in the Fiesta range by the year’s end (except the Zetec hatch, which will be available in diesel during the first quarter of 2011).

Also available for the first time later this year will be a larger sedan version for the CL and LX models. The sedan showcases the same dynamics as the current hatch fundamentals only it offers 430 litres of cargo space.

And then to top off the revisions, the Ford Fiesta range will be available with an all-new, Powershift, six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Unfortunately the new Powershift gearbox option won’t be available in the new diesel engine-equipped models. The new gearbox does offer the performance and shifting modes usually only seen in much larger, and more luxurious vehicles, so it’s a great addition to the 1.6-litre, 89kW petrol engine versions.

The new Powershift gearbox will be available as an option during the last quarter of this year as well.




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