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Looking ahead to the 2017 Ford Fiesta

By raccars Published

Ford Fiesta

New larger Ford Fiesta is on the cards but three-door options will still be available.

It was rumoured that the 2017 Ford Fiesta would only be available with five doors but a three-door version has been spotted out testing. A five-door version has previously been seen parked in Belgium but the latest sighting has put an end to speculation that the new larger Ford Fiesta will not have a three-door choice - for now at least.

The 2017 Ford Fiesta has now been spotted at least three times, showing off its own bodywork. Previous cars were using adapted versions of exteriors of the current car.

The Ford Fiesta gets bigger

The new Ford Fiesta has undergone a complete design overhaul for 2017 and it is easy to spot its wider track even though its rear has been disguised. The 2017 Fiesta looks set to increase all of the dimensions of the current model, which is 3,969mm long, 1,709mm wide and 1,468mm high.

The face-lifted Ford Focus, which entered the UK market in 2015, is believed to have inspired some of the styling of the new Ford Fiesta and similarities can be spotted beyond the disguise of the test mule. Changes include tighter headlights, an angular nose and horizontal rear light units instead of the current vertical orientation.

Turbocharged engine choice

Ford is keeping the Fiesta’s technical specifications under wraps but it seems likely that there will be a turbocharged range of four and three-cylinder, small-capacity engines. The top-of-the-range Fiesta ST is likely to keep a boosted 1.6 litre unit, although its power production should go up, whilst its emissions should reduce.

Ford recently got rid of the cheapest model in today’s Fiesta range to make way for the Ka+ and this approach is expected to continue when the next-generation car is launched. It is believed that its cabin will feature a higher quality appearance as the Fiesta continues to mature and aims slightly more upmarket.

The current Ford Fiesta is the sixth-generation model, which launched in 2008. It was given a facelift in 2013 but it is due to be replaced by the end of this year, making a launch date for the next-gen car likely before early 2017 at the latest. The new Fiesta aims to maintain its position as the best-selling car in Britain and will take on rivals such as the Vauxhall Corsa and the Volkswagen Polo.

Stephen Odell, head of sales and marketing at Ford, said that the company was committed to keeping the popular Fiestas fresh and as well-received as ever. He said that he had no concerns about replacing the hyper-successful Fiesta thanks to the skills of Ford’s engineering and design teams. He recalled the launch of the last generation car and discussions as to whether the changed version could still be called a Fiesta but said that it is the vehicle that makes a name and not the name that defines a car.

Speculation over the Ford Fiesta RS

There have been rumours that a Fiesta RS is on the cards but Ford has denied that this is the case, despite the continuing success of its Ford Performance division. Dave Pericak, the director of Ford Performance, said that the manufacturer was happy with its top-of-the-Fiesta-range ST, together with the ST200 limited-edition.

Odell, meanwhile, has refused to speculate at all about the possibility of an RS version or whether the RS treatment would be given to any other Ford except for the Focus. He did say, however, that it was a ‘valuable brand’ with the capability to keep things fresh. He added that the likes of the GT, Mustang and Focus RS were important to the firm, thanks to their ability to boost the image of entire model ranges.

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