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The new Ford Fiesta is on its way

By raccars Published

All New Ford FiestaPlenty of choice on offer with the 2017 Ford Fiesta as it bids to retain its ‘best car’ status.

Ford has unveiled one of 2016’s most-awaited new cars; the seventh-gen Ford Fiesta which will be available to buy next year. There are high expectations for the new model as the Ford Fiesta has won the title of Britain’s most popular new car for seven years in a row. The current model has topped the 100,000 registrations mark this year alone.

Ford has resolved to get rid of some of its entry-level trims and prices for the new Fiesta are expected to start from about £14,000. For that, drivers will get a larger, more spacious vehicle with what its makers hope will feel like a more upmarket interior. There will also be a compact crossover Fiesta Active on offer, together with a luxury Vignale model.

An 'elegant' Ford Fiesta

Ford Europe’s exterior design director George Saridakis says that the new Fiesta’s design is ‘less fussy’ and simpler than the current version, with narrower windows aimed at making it appear ‘more elegant’. Whilst undeniably a Ford Fiesta in appearance, the new version is 12mm wider and 71mm longer than its predecessor. Styling cues such as the simple bonnet, wraparound split tail-lamps and swept-back headlights serve to accentuate its width.

There’s also a functional reason behind Ford's decision to increase the Fiesta’s size; the brand claims that it has discovered 16mm of extra knee room thanks to its 4mm longer wheelbase (which can also accommodate larger 18-inch wheels) and the use of slimmer seats in the front. Boot space is expected to be around the 290-litre mark, similar to the current car, but access should be easier as a result of a wider tailgate opening.

The front of the cabin, meanwhile, is set to be slightly more spacious thanks to a redesign of the layout. The 2017 Fiesta has a wider dash and more horizontal elements, together with an all-new infotainment system. The centre console has almost 50 per cent fewer buttons than previously thanks to touchscreen controls, which should make it simpler to use.

Personalisation options

For drivers who really like to make their car their own, the new Ford Fiesta will offer more customisation options than previously. Buyers can choose various toned trim inserts inside, in addition to contrasting colours for the roof and mirror caps. Fleet customers can opt for the Style trim, whilst private buyers can choose the Zetec, the ST-Line, the Titanium, the Vignale or the Active with a variety of personalisation packs available. There is also the choice of three or five doors, although the latter is only available with the Active trim.

Different cars also get what Saridakis terms different ‘faces’; there is a basic front end for lower-spec models, whilst the ST-Line goes sporty with a change of mesh on the bespoke grille, together with a deeper bumper at the front.

Technical lowdown

The new Ford Fiesta is still underpinned by the Global B-car platform, although this has received a tuning to deliver ten per cent extra grip. In addition, there are new suspension bushes which the brand claims improve steering response and cabin isolation from road noise whilst mitigating the effect of smaller bumps on the road surface.

The engine choices, meanwhile, look set to be extensive and include Ford’s three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost turbo delivering either 138bhp, 123bhp or 99bhp. There will also be the debut of a 1.1-litre normally aspirated unit, offering either 84bhp or 69bhp. The new Ford Fiesta will also be the first to have a 1.5 TDCi engine, which can deliver 118bhp, together with a more modest unit delivering 84bhp.

Discover more in our new Ford Fiesta low-down.

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