Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: CarPix for AutoIndustriya.com | posted June 08, 2016 10:20
Prototype next-generation Ford Fiesta spied
Ford' B-segment contender has been in the local market since 2010 and has already received its mid-cycle facelift last 2014. Soon, it will be succeeded by a new generation model after spy photographers managed to snap some pictures of the prototype version of the 2018 Ford Fiesta being tested on public roads.
Even with the camouflage hiding key features of the 5-door hatchback, the new Fiesta appears slightly bigger and longer than the outgoing model. The front end still features familiar styling cues from the sixth-generation Fiesta apart from the new bumper, squared grill and reworked headlights.
It's at the rear where the Fiesta gets a major redesign as it now has horizontal taillights, along with a new tailgate and bumper. Overall, it appears Ford plans to make the 2018 Fiesta look more upscale as the company recently introduced the Ka+ which will compete in the A-segment.
In terms of amenities, the old SYNC audio system may be replaced with the newer SYNC 3 system which was first installed on the 2017 Escape. The new infotainment system will allow for easier smart phone integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and remote functioning of the door locks, engine, checking fuel level, etc.
Engines for the upcoming 2018 Ford Fiesta have not yet been confirmed, but since Ford has been making EcoBoost engines standard across other models, the new Fiesta may soon get it as well. Currently, the only available EcoBoost engine for the Fiesta is a 1.0-liter inline-three which puts out 125 PS and 160 Nm of torque.
A new version of the 1.0-liter motor may also come with cylinder deactivation for better fuel mileage as Ford is currently testing on small displacement engines.
There is no word yet when will Ford fully reveal the new-generation Fiesta.