Ford has picked the British Motor Show to introduce the third and final entrant in its hot Fiesta family – the Fiesta Zetec-S. It will become the Blue Oval’s first diesel hot hatch.
Sitting below the ST and RS performance models, the Zetec-S is designed to be the most affordable of the small hatch’s sporting breed. In a return to the strategy that gave us the last Fiesta Zetec-S in 1999, the new model will mix at-the-wheel thrills with reasonable running costs and an attractive forecourt price.
Back in ’99, Ford simply squeezed in a 1600cc engine borrowed from the Focus – a unit that is already available in today’s Fiesta in standard Zetec trim. But this time round there is a choice of either a 98bhp 1.6 Duratec petrol or a 1.6 Duratorq TDCi diesel, pumping out 88bhp and close to 150lb ft of torque.
Although prices are as yet unconfirmed, a Ford spokesman hinted that, when they go on sale in December, the entry level warm hatches would cost between £12 and £13k – just as the car’s namesake did five years ago. That premium over the standard Zetec buys styling tweaks, with ST-style 16in alloy wheels and spoiler, as well as that car’s sports-tuned suspension.