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New Ford Fiesta for 2017

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Details have been released on the next Ford Fiesta, Britain's best-selling car.

Ford is in the process of updating its model line up to exploit more profitable sectors, discarding models which aren't profitable. A smart new Ford Fiesta will be the lynchpin of the updated model range and is due to reach the market early next year.

Ford Fiesta teaser image released

Ford is rearranging the bottom half of its line-up to accommodate the upcoming Ford Ka+, moving the Fiesta slightly upmarket in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated expectations of the modern supermini buyer.

The seventh generation model will retain the Global B platform architecture used by the current car so there's limited scope for expansion. But in teaser images released by Ford, the new Fiesta looks slightly wider. However this should mean that the new car retains the current model's sparkling handling and a five star crash test rating from Euro NCAP. Ford's current design language is noticeable in the front grille, slim and swept back headlights and a more angular front end.

What it replaces

The sixth generation Fiesta has been around since 2008, which makes it ancient in the fast-paced automotive market, albeit still stylish and relatively economical. It was given a facelift in 2013 and the next version looks set to be an evolution of this model rather than a revolution. This is probably wise given its importance to Ford and a public which can be reluctant to accept change in its old favourites.

Upmarket new interior and modern technology

By eschewing a new chassis, Ford has been able to save a significant amount of research and development expenditure, which it has instead dedicated to improving the Fiesta's cabin and adding some big car comfort and convenience features. These are arguably areas in which the current model has struggled a little.

The existing rubberised dashboard covering will be replaced by smarter, soft touch materials and the new Fiesta is likely to be fitted with the most up to date version of Ford's infotainment system, SYNC 3, which will mean a larger touchscreen, smartphone compatibility and integrated satellite navigation. There will be some additional safety features too, such as lane departure and blind spot warnings and traffic sign recognition.

Under the bonnet the Fiesta will utilise the latest EcoBoost engine range. The exact line-up has yet to be confirmed but this could be an exclusively three cylinder turbocharged model.

Rearranged model line-up

In line with its sophisticated new image, the seventh generation Ford Fiesta will probably drop the lowest trim levels, Studio and Style, which in turn will nudge its entry level price point up to about £13,000. This leaves room for the Ka+ to slip in below it and take some market share from the likes of the Vauxhall Corsa and the Dacia Sandero, which at the moment are often chosen by people looking for a slightly cheaper alternative to the Fiesta.

New Ford Ka+

The re-use of the Ka name, albeit with a '+' suffix, is a deliberate attempt by Ford to capitalise on any traction the smaller car has in the market. It will also use the Global B platform but will be relatively Spartan in comparison to the Fiesta. Ford will build it in India rather than Germany and prices are expected to start at about £8,000 when it is released by the end of this year.

The Fiesta, meanwhile, could yet be eligible for the Vignale treatment according to Ford, which believes that small car buyers also demand luxury.

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