If the Ford Fiesta is no longer part of the American range of Blue Oval, it remains available in Europe. These spy photos catch the next refresh of the small sedan in development.
Engineers keep the small car under a lot of camouflage, including the rear window. The most significant changes seem to be in the front where there is an additional layer of plastic coating. Still, it’s obvious that there are adjustments to the grille and revised headlights.
The changes to the rest of the body are not as significant. Our spies mention seeing adjustments to the lower bumper, but the changes are subtle. The style of the rear light is the same, but the inner edges are covered.
While not visible here, the updated Fiesta is said to have some small changes to the cabin. Infotainment features may be upgraded and there may be different padding.
Powertrain changes don’t seem very likely. In 2020, Ford introduced a mild hybrid version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. It uses a 48-volt system and an integrated belt-driven starter-generator to recover braking energy and assist the ICE during cranking.
At the same time, Ford introduced a new seven-speed automatic transmission for the Fiesta with the 123 horsepower (92 kW) version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost. The automaker said this setup was 15% more efficient than the outgoing 99 hp (74 kW) 1.0-liter with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Mechanical updates to the Fiesta last year also included the addition of adaptive cruise control and an upgraded version of the Sync 3 infotainment system.
While there is no indication that Ford is considering bringing the Fiesta back to the United States, there is a chance that its mechanical brother, the Puma, has a chance to enter the market. Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted: “I wish this would happen to NA [North America] and other markets !, “about a video of the sporty Puma ST. If anyone can make it happen, it’s him. The sporty version of the crossover has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that produces 197 hp (146 kW) and 214 lb-ft (290 Newton-meters) or 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) with supercharging.