Ford has recently announced that the six-speed automatic transmission will be introduced across its B-segment range.
The announcement has been made at the Ford of Europe’s Go Further event where the biggest product offensive in its history has been unveiled. According to the North American based automaker, the new six-speed automatic transmission will make its way into the B-segment range which basically means that future owners of the new Ford B-MAX or of the facelifted Fiesta will be able to order the gearbox.
The new transmission will get a twin clutch and it will be offered in combination with the 1.6 liter petrol engine which is developing a total output of 103 BHP in the B-MAX and in the facelifted Fiesta and this option will replace the old four-speed mated to the 1.4 liter unit in the outgoing Fiesta. No steering wheel or column-mounted shift paddles will come with this new transmission and this will have a button on the gearstick.
Shifting paddles are possible but because the engineering cost for developing these will be high, their adaptation will be unlikely. The Ford B-MAX will start its deliveries later on this year and the Fiesta facelift will be officially presented to the public this month, during the Paris Motor Show. More details on the new transmission will probably be announced at the French automotive event.