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Published: Fri, December 02, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Ford Fiesta revealed, 'Fiesta Active' crossover added to range


Question: The new Ford Fiesta looks like it'll be a cat amongst the pigeons when it arrives here next year, would you consider it?

Overall though, the face of the new Fiesta is very reminiscent of its predecessor.

The Fiesta, which celebrated its 40 anniversary in 2016, will be offered in the familiar Titanium, a performance-pitched ST-Line version that likely previews the next Fiesta ST, a model in Ford's upmarket Vignale sub-brand, and a new crossover-styled Active model.

The latest-gen Ford Fiesta will be sold in four versions: Active, ST-Line, Vignale and Titanium. Ford's latest SYNC 3 software, which supports music, sat-nav and smartphone apps, comes as standard on the new Fiesta. This auto will be coming to the United States markets for sure.

The rear end is also more subdued, with smaller, horizontal tail lights that seem to follow another new small-car design rule that seemingly makes it mandatory to copy the Volkswagen Golf.

Also available for the first time is a glass panoramic roof and a new instrument cluster featuring a more modern 4.2-inch multi-function TFT display.

Ford is targeting an on-sale date before summer 2017 and hopes the Fiesta will remain right at the top of the unbelievably competitive supermini class.

Although the photos do appear to show the Fiesta looking a little bigger than its predecessor, Ford hasn't furnished us with any info about its new dimensions, if any. Expect Ford also to offer a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine in the USA, possibly a version of the current Fiesta's standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder.

For Fiesta, a major element of the strategy is to lift the most highly-specified models further into the burgeoning market for "premium" B class sector cars.

With this major model change new Fiesta gets a stiffer body with sharper styling.

Soft sales for the Fiesta in particular, and small cars in general, will also impact what spec levels will be offered in the next generation vehicle. The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder is the most likely of these to reach the USA, given that the current Fiesta already offers a similar engine here. "All Fiesta screens offer class-leading resolution and are up to twice as bright as competitors, making it even easier for drivers to read and navigate on-screen information and functions", Ford said.

Prices will be announced next year in the spring, but a small rise over the outgoing model is expected.

The model's 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 182PS and 240Nm of torque, enabling 0-62mph acceleration in 6.9 seconds alongside 46.3mpg fuel efficiency and 141g/km Carbon dioxide emissions.

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