The 2009 Ford Fiesta, easily the most attractive subcompact hatchback on the market, is going to hit Dubai and other UAE showrooms as early as next month.
Launched during a press event in Fujairah, the European-built Ford Fiesta will be available for the GCC in 5-door form, though no other details have been revealed. We assume it will be available with a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder Duratec engine, pumping out 120 hp at 6000 rpm and 152 Nm of torque at 4050 rpm, but only available with a 5-speed manual. Another possible engine option is a 1.4-litre with 97 hp and 128 Nm, with a manual or automatic.
Official specs for the 1.6-litre include a 0-100 kph time of 9.9 seconds with a manual gearbox, and fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 km. The 1.4-litre can do 12.2 seconds and 5.7 litres/100 km with a manual.
Features include the most futuristic cabin ever, a soft-touch dashboard, available starter button, capless fuel-filler system, CD stereo, power accessories and charging points for MP3 players.
While not as innovative or spacious as the recently-released 2009 Honda Jazz, the new Fiesta scores with massive style points.