The replacement for the Ford Fiesta has been spied testing before it makes its debut in 2017. These new images come courtesy of Carscoops and give us further clues as to what to expect from the brand’s upcoming contender in the supermini class.
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These Fiesta prototypes wear heavy disguises to hide their updated designs but, for the first time, we can see the new car will be available as both a practical five-door and a sportier three-door model. This new car will also be available as a high-performance Fiesta ST model in both three and five-door forms, too.
The new car rides on a modified version of the existing model’s platform but it’s set to grow in length and width, improving rear legroom and boot space significantly. The rest of the interior remains under wraps but we expect the dashboard to be simplified over the previous model’s button-strewn design courtesy of Ford’s latest touchscreen infotainment system.
Material quality is expected to be stepped up to help the new car compete with rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Peugeot 208. Equipment levels should be more generous than ever, too, to help distance the 2017 Fiesta from the new, more affordable Ford Ka+.
The engine lineup is set to include a range of Ford’s EcoBoost petrol engines with subtle tweaks to improve fuel efficiency. A 1.5-litre diesel should also be offered in a variety of outputs that promises to return more than 70mpg.
New Ford Fiesta price and release date
The new Fiesta isn’t expected to break cover until early 2017. When it goes on sale it’s expected to cost slightly more than the outgoing model – entry-level versions could cost from £14,000 while top-spec models could set you back in the region of £20,000.
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Ford Fiesta price, specs and release date (updated June 2016)
The latest generation Ford Fiesta has been spotted testing in prototype form fitted with what appear to be updated body panels and new lights. Although it’s still heavily camouflaged, these images from Autoblog give us our best clues yet at what this long-awaited hatchback will look like.
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It’s difficult to determine exactly how the new model will look thanks to its layer of psychedelic vinyl wrapping, but it appears to boast sportier proportions than the old car. We expect the finished model to look noticeably longer and lower than the outgoing car. Revised rear windows and a new C pillar should offer greater rear visibility and give the interior a brighter, more spacious feel.
The rear lights might be mostly covered, but they look slimmer and don’t extend as far up the boot lid as those on the current model. At the front, the headlights appear to feature a simpler, more curvaceous outline, similar to those we’ve seen on the new Ford Ka+.
Black plastic panels cover most of the front and rear bumpers, but we can see hints of Ford’s signature hexagonal grille and lower air intake at the front. The bootlid opening now extends to below the top of the wheelarches – this could make loading and unloading heavy items slightly easier than in the current Fiesta.
The new interior has successfully evaded photographers so far, but we expect it to be significantly more minimalist than the current car’s slightly cluttered cabin. Perceived quality is expected to be enhanced somewhat to help it compete more closely with the Volkswagen Polo. A revised infotainment system is also expected to make an appearance.
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2017 Ford Fiesta latest news (updated April 2016)
The Ford Fiesta has long held the title of Britain’s best selling new car. The current car has been on sale since 2008, however, and is starting to look a little long-in-the-tooth in certain areas, so it’s not too surprising to discover Ford is readying a replacement.
We’ve pulled together everything we know about the next Fiesta but, if you’re keen on the existing one, check our review page. Alternatively, take a look at our list of best small cars on sale to check out the Fiesta’s main rivals.
New Ford Fiesta styling
Relatively little is known about what the new Fiesta will look like and these spy shots courtesy of Motor Authority only reveal the new model wearing the outgoing car’s body panels. The current car has kept up with rivals thanks to a neat facelift in 2013 bringing it into line with other Fords. We suspect its replacement won’t stray too far off the beaten track in design terms, but Ford will be aiming to make more of an impact than its key rival, the Vauxhall Corsa.
Signs point to the car looking like a shrunken version of the current Focus. The Fiesta’s external dimensions are almost certain to grow to keep in-line with rivals – the current car is 3,969mm long and 1,709mm wide. There’s also the possibility that Ford will axe the three-door version to save money in the production process, like it did with the Focus.
New Ford Fiesta interior
Inside, is where the current Fiesta shows its age the most – the plethora of buttons, small central screen and low-quality plastics are not what modern buyers have come to expect, especially compared to the Volkswagen Polo. We’d guess Ford will invest a lot of money in ensuring the interior measures up – that means plenty of soft-touch plastics, a larger infotainment screen and plenty of advanced equipment.
In terms of space, the enlarged exterior dimensions should ensure the Fiesta becomes a more viable choice for one car families. More rear space will be a key priority, but boot capacity should edge closer to the class best – it might even exceed the Focus’ paltry 316-litre cargo bay.
New Ford Fiesta driving and engines
It’s been suggested that Ford will use a modified version of the current Fiesta’s underpinnings in an effort to keep costs down, which should mean the outgoing model’s outstanding driving experience should remain intact. Thoroughly entertaining handling along with a controlled-yet-comfortable ride are among the modern Fiesta’s greatest strengths and Ford will be keen to keep this reputation intact.
There is expected to be a bigger push towards both refinement and efficiency, too. Increased sound deadening and the removal of older engine options should help with the big-car feel Ford is aiming at. The popularity of the turbocharged, three-cylinder EcoBoost engines might mean these are the only choice for petrol lovers and, while long distance drivers should still be able to get a diesel engine, expect the choice to be limited.
New Ford Fiesta prices
Prices for the new Fiesta are expected to rise slightly, although not by a huge amount. This could mean the new car costs from £11,000 when it goes on sale.
New Ford Fiesta release date
Only early test mules have been spotted testing so far, so it’s a little way off yet. Signs point to the car being launched properly at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, with sales starting later in the summer. There’s also a slim possibility that Ford will launch a concept version at the Paris Motor Show in September 2016.
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