- New Ford Fiesta will go on sale in summer 2017
- Active crossover model available for the first time
- Upgraded interior boasts larger touchscreen with Sync 3 tech
- Range-topping Vignale trim revealed
- See our new Fiesta ST render
Ford has revealed the new Fiesta – a model with a tough act to follow. The current model has been the best-selling car in the UK since 2008 and Ford hopes its replacement will boast improved cabin quality, more space and even better driving characteristics.
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2017 Ford Fiesta styling
Ford has chosen not to take a radical approach with the next Fiesta’s styling. Instead, it’s used a familiar shape that merely tidies up the old car’s slightly fussy details. The biggest change is at the back – the old model’s vertically-stacked tail lights have been replaced with horizontal units that tie in more closely to the rest of the Ford range.
The next Fiesta is set to offer buyers extra scope for personalisation, thanks to four contrasting finishes for the door mirrors and roof panel. The new Fiesta has grown slightly overall – it’s 71mm longer and 12mm wider while the wheelbase growing by 4mm.
2017 Ford Fiesta interior
Ford is keen to stress the jump in cabin quality in the new Fiesta, claiming class-leading materials, seamless joins between parts of the centre console and more robust seating upholstery.
Where the current car is blighted with a button-laden dash topped off by a tiny low-res screen, the new model is brought kicking and screaming into the modern world by an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system – or a 6.5-inch screen in cheaper models – that almost halves the old car’s button count.
Running on Ford’s SYNC 3 system, menus can be navigated by pinching and swiping motions on a screen which Ford says is class-leading in terms of both resolution and brightness. To complement the contrasting exterior colours, there will be five colour options to spruce up the instrument panel surrounds, door pulls and rear view mirror cap.
The added size on the outside has resulted in extra practicality inside – knee room in the back has grown by 16mm, while the glovebox and door pockets are larger than ever. There’s no official figure disclosed about the boot volume yet, but the opening is wider than before to make loading easier.
2017 Ford Fiesta driving and engines
Under the bonnet, there’s a choice of five petrol and two diesel engines to choose from. The range kicks off with a new 1.1-litre petrol. Replacing the 1.25 of the current model, the three cylinder is available with either 69hp or 84hp. The current EcoBoost unit is carried over to the new car, with 99, 118 and 138hp outputs, though subtle tweaks are said to improve overall efficiency.
Diesel choice comes in two flavours of a 1.5-litre unit, with either 84hp or 118hp. All engines get fuel-saving stop/start tech, and are mated to an all-new six-speed manual. An optional a six-speed auto is available with the 99hp EcoBoost.
Ford claims that the entire driving experience has improved beyond even the already impressive current car. 10 percent more cornering grip, eight per cent shorter stopping distances and better steering feel are all promised while improving ride and refinement.
The improved cornering claims have been achieved by a torque vectoring system that can brake individual wheels when cornering, while a stiffer chassis has also played a part. This, combined with better sound deadening and a specially treated windscreen have helped the cabin to be quieter than ever.
The improved cornering claims have been achieved by a torque vectoring system that can brake individual wheels when cornering, while a stiffer chassis has also played its part. This, combined with better sound deadening and a specially treated windscreen, has helped the cabin to be quieter than ever.
It’s set to be safer, too, thanks to a total of 15 driver assistance systems, many of which are a first for the supermini class. Two cameras, three radars and 12 ultrasonic sensors help all the onboard safety tech work together.
A pedestrian detection system can autonomously brake the car if an imminent hazard is spotted. It can detect obstacles up to 130 metres ahead and, by detecting disturbances in the headlight beams, it can work at night, too. Ford’s park assist system is fitted to the Fiesta for the first time and is capable of braking itself to avoid low-speed bumps.
Extra safety tech includes a traffic sign recognition system and Cross Traffic Alert – a system that warns the driver of other vehicles when reversing out of a parking space. The result of all this wizardry is a predicted five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
2017 Ford Fiesta equipment and trim levels
Standard kit levels have increased over the outgoing model, with a DAB radio, two USB ports and Bluetooth connectivity all standard. Style and Zetec models kick off the range, followed by the Titanium, which features automatic air conditioning, electric windows all round and cruise control.
The ST-Line will be the sportiest model in the lineup from launch – a full-fat replacement for the ST will arrive at a later date. A firmer suspension setup is complemented by more aggressive bumpers front and rear, deeper side skirts and a honeycomb grille design. Inside, the ST-Line gains sports seats, alloy pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Just like several of Ford’s larger models, the Fiesta will gain a posh range-topping Vignale version. It’ll set itself apart from other Fiestas thanks to 18 inch alloy wheels, exclusive exterior touches and colours and hexagonal quilting on the leather seats. A first for the Ford range is the Active trim level. The crossover-lite model, complete with a raised ride height, roof rails and extra plastic cladding, will be rolled out on other Ford models in future.
Extra fancy options include a heated steering wheel, an openable panoramic glass sunroof and a B&O sound system – all 10 speakers and 675 watts of it.
2017 Ford Fiesta prices and release date
Prices have yet to be released for the new model, though they’re expected to increase slightly from the current car’s £12,000 price point. The new model is set to hit showrooms in 2017.
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2017 Ford Fiesta price, specs and release date (updated November 2016)
Ford has released the first official image of the new Fiesta ahead of a full launch later on. The Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo rival is expected to offer more in-car tech, improved cabin quality and a little more space than the car that it replaces.
New Ford Fiesta styling
From the outside, we can see Ford has chosen to take a subtle approach to revising the new model’s look. The softer face is instantly recognisable as a Fiesta, but the detailing to the bonnet and front bumper looks cleaner than before. The headlights are slightly larger and wrap around the side of the car, while the new grille follows the line of the number plate. Previous spy shots have shown that both three and five-door body styles will remain, and that the current model’s vertically stacked taillights are replaced for horizontal items similar to those on other Ford models.
As shown in earlier spy shots, the Fiesta appears to have grown slightly compared to the outgoing car, which should help to improve passenger space – especially in the back, where the current model lags behind some newer rivals. The image above shows it in sporty ST-Line trim which, like current ST-Line models, is likely to feature lower suspension to compliment the subtle body kit and split five-spoke alloy wheels.
New Ford Fiesta driving and engines
Ford will release details about the new engine lineup at the full reveal, but some revisions are likely to complement a largely unchanged petrol and diesel engine lineup. Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol is likely to occupy the bulk of the range, while small capacity diesels should deliver tiny carbon dioxide emissions for high mileage drivers.
Ford Fiesta prices and release date
The replacement Fiesta is a newer, larger model which, combined with Ford’s desire to push the Fiesta upmarket to make way for the Ka+ below it, means the new model is likely to cost a little more than the current car’s £13,545 entry point. Prices around £14,500 seem plausible. New models should hit the road in the first half of 2017.
New Ford Fiesta price, specs and release date (updated October 17, 2016)
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.
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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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