The 2012 Ford Fiesta comes with two new interior style packages, an expanded sport appearance package and the across-the-board addition of an integrated blind spot sideview mirror and driver’s seat armrest.
Built for the road yet inspired by the runway, Ford Fiesta adds fashionable interior style packages that include two-tone leather-trimmed seats with harmonizing door trim inserts, color-coordinated steering wheel and instrument panel trim, premium carpet floor mats with the Fiesta logo proudly embroidered in front and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob.
These packages are available on the range-topping SEL sedan and SES hatchback models in two distinctive color combinations. The Race Red package combines red and black leather-trimmed seating and door panels with red steering wheel and instrument panel trim. The Oxford White package mixes the timelessly classic tuxedo black and while color scheme with a similar layout. The result is a strikingly distinctive passenger cabin design with the luxury of leather-trimmed surfaces and high-quality appointments.
An expanded premium sport appearance option for Ford Fiesta SES hatchback models also makes its debut for 2012. Specifying this option adds 16-inch polished alloy wheels and black headlamp surrounds, auxiliary LED lamp surrounds, lower grille surround, sideview mirrors, window surrounds and rear spoiler. These blacked-out accents and special sporty wheels contrast with the vibrant colors in the Ford Fiesta palette, enhancing the distinctive kinetic design.
In addition, the premium sport appearance package adds a 4.25 to 1 final drive ratio on five-speed models, for enhanced off-the-line acceleration.
All 2012 Ford Fiesta models now add integrated spotter mirrors into the sideview mirrors. These spotter panes are incorporated into the outboard edges of the side door-mounted mirrors to enhance driver visibility in potential blind spots.
Employing elongated dragon’s eye headlamps sweeping gracefully into the muscular front fenders and hood, Fiesta is sporty yet accessible and inviting. The kinetic theme continues in the interior design, with the instrument panel and center stack combining to provide visual identity and distinction.
Ford Fiesta interior quietness is taken to a new level for the small car segment, aided in part by inclusion of a specially laminated windshield – a class-exclusive – that helps absorb and contain road and wind noise.
Powertrain noise is subdued and wind noise at speed is minimized by optimization of door seals. Special sound-absorbing padding behind the instrument panel and foam baffles inside the roof pillars help keep the Fiesta cabin quiet and serene. Even the headliner material has been specified for its sound-deadening qualities.
Ford Fiesta offers superior driving dynamics with communicative electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), optimized dampers, bushings and springs to provide a comfortable ride – all balanced with enthusiast-pleasing handling characteristics.
Ford Fiesta is powered by an advanced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 120 horsepower and 112 lb.-ft. of torque. This smooth, responsive yet economical engine can be mated to an available PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission. For buyers preferring the control of a stick shift and clutch pedal, a five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard.
Fiesta’s four-cylinder engine is enhanced by the inclusion of twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). This innovation helps the no-compromise Fiesta generate additional power, increases fuel economy, and reduces part-throttle emissions by optimization of valve opening and closing overlap. Managing these events with influence from throttle position and vehicle speed helps the engine to breathe and perform at peak efficiency at all times.
The Ford PowerShift transmission – yet another Fiesta class-exclusive – is a dual-clutch, direct-shift six-speed transmission that eliminates the need for a heavy torque convertor. This world-class gearbox provides quick shifts across six optimally spaced gears to deliver swift acceleration and low engine speeds while cruising. Reduced internal friction and weight help PowerShift to increase Fiesta fuel economy, too.
Ford Fiesta – a small car that is big on safety – features a class-leading array of seven airbags including a class-exclusive driver’s knee airbag, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), four-wheel anti-lock brakes and Ford’s acclaimed AdvanceTrac® with electronic stability control to help drivers keep the vehicle in control under a wide variety of dynamic driving conditions.