Just a few days after the launch of the 2017 Ford Fiesta, the Blue Oval finally released the drool-worthy details we’ve been waiting for.
The seventh-generation Fiesta is 71mm longer and 12mm wider than the old model, and it has an increased wheelbase of 4mm. The extra wheelbase length doubles as a means to accommodate the bigger wheels and also to increase legroom for rear passengers.
It is now available in four trims, surprisingly beginning with the Titanium (pictured above). Previously offered as the supermini’s most exclusive trim, the new Fiesta’s more upmarket approach means it’s time for the Titanium trim to take the backseat. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does bear a more mature look among the four.
The sportier Fiesta is now offered as the ST-Line, which now sports a mesh grille design, clearly inspired from the Focus RS. The ST-Line is said to receive a sportier chassis setup to better cater driving enthusiasts.
New to the table is the Vignale trim, as seen with the white example above. It’s got a groovy chromed grille, 18-inch 8-spoke alloys, premium interior finishing and quilted leather seats.
Last but not least is the brand new Active trim – a first for the model. As the name suggests, it has increased ride height, roof bars and black plastic claddings around the car. All Fiestas can be had in either three or five-door configurations, except the Active which can only come as the latter.
On the safety front, the new Fiesta now comes with Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to prevent frontal collision. It is also the first supermini in Europe to offer Cross Traffic Alert. Also included are Traffic Sign Recognition, Auto High Beam, Blind Spot Information System and Lane Keeping Aid. As you see here, some of the goodies are inherited from the ongoing Focus.
Now, the powertrains. The Blue Oval’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost will soldier on, and it’s available in three states of tunes – 98 hp, 120 hp, and 138 hp, and it is also the first three-potter in the world to feature cylinder deactivation. There’s also a 1.1-litre naturally aspirated three-potter making 69 hp or 84 hp to choose from.
Also a first for the Fiesta is the inclusion of a 1.5-litre TDCi engine, producing either 85 hp or 120 hp. Transmission choice is either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. All Fiestas here have active aero grille and Auto-Start-Stop to better conserve fuel.
So, what do you think of the new Fiesta? We personally love the way it looks and can’t wait for it to arrive on our shores. When, you ask? Perhaps sometime in 2017, hopefully not in 2018.