The Ford Fiesta has been a popular model for Ford, the Fiesta represented a change of direction for Ford China and showed that the company was serious about its small car range in the PRC. The previous Fiesta came in a saloon only mode and was a dumpy, small vehicle that hardly impressed, the current Fiesta changed everything thanks to its sporty appearance and unusually good looking sedan variant.
To keep sales momentum going into 2013 and beyond Ford are planning to pair the Ford Ecosport’s 1.0T engine with the Fiesta to give it more omph with a smaller unit. The 1.0T may sound tiny, but it produces 125bhp which is more than capable of taking the Fiesta around town, remember that in developing worlds the name of the game is torque when you zip from traffic light to traffic light at 4000RPM. The 1.3L Fiesta is apparently being dumped in favor of an all new 1.5i-VCT engine.
Ford have yet to officially announce the 1.0T Fiesta, but the text accompanying these spy shots indicate that this is the future 1.0T with the Powershift gearbox and updated grill that will bring the Fiesta inline with the new Focus. An end of year launch, or perhaps early 2013 launch is more than likely for this little car.