Anton Andres / Ford | November 30, 2016 09:39
Ford Fiesta is all-new for its 40th birthday
Seven years have passed since the current Ford Fiesta was introduced in the global market. Now due for a complete redesign, Ford has just revealed the all-new Fiesta in Germany and aims to go upmarket.
From the outside, the Fiesta goes for an evolutionary redesign by retaining the wide, hexagonal grill, now a signature for Ford sedans and hatchbacks. The headlights meanwhile feature a rounder shape when compared to the current model.
On to its side, the window line sweeps upwards while the roof swoops downwards, following the look of the current Fiesta. The roof line then blends into the integrated rear spoiler of the hatchback. Over to the rear, gone are the large, tear drop shaped tail lights. Replacing these units are wider, two-piece clusters that start from the tailgate on to the quarter panel.
In Europe, Ford has revealed four variants for the Fiesta, namely the Titanium, Vignale, ST-Line and Active. The Titnaium gets a five bar grill with upright foglight housings while the Vignale gets a wider lower air intake with a unique bumper treatment. The ST-Line takes a sportier approach with its bumper featuring more aggressive lines and a honeycomb grill finished in black. Lastly, Ford dubs the Active as a crossover and distinguishes itself from the rest of the lineup with its raised ride height, body cladding surrounding the lower half of the car, faux skid plates and a pair of roof rails.
Inside, Ford says that aim to go upmarket with the Fiesta by boosting its cabin ambiance. The dash is now soft-padded and, depending on the model selected, gets stitching around the center stack. The infotainment screen is now larger, measuring 8-inches and features a floating design. Also, the infotainment system is upgraded to a Sync 3 system, now powered by QNX instead of Microsoft.
Ford has yet to release details surrounding the all-new Fiesta's engine lineup. However, Ford did confirm that the three-cylinder, 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine will be retained for the seventh-gen model. It also gains cylinder deactivation and allows the car to run on just two cylinders. Powertrains for the international markets have yet to be announced but do expect a range of four-cylinder engines for the rest of the world, as well as turbodiesels for Europe. As for transmissions, Ford has also yet to release details but the cars seen here are equipped with six-speed manual transmissions. The Powershift dual-clutch transmission may be an option.
The current model bows out in favor for the all-new, seventh-generation model by early 2017 in Europe. Release dates for the rest of the world have yet to be announced.