After a decent amount of time Ford finally decided to unveil its 2017 Fiesta small hatch at an event in Cologne, Germany. The cars shown at the event are what is to be expected at the European, Middle East, and African markets but, according to US Car maker, this won’t be indicative of what to expect in Australia.
2017 Ford Fiesta Design
This lineup of four vehicles shown in Germany consists of new Active crossover model that host body cladding and roof rails, ST-line model which isn’t as hot as the yet-to-be-revealed ST hot-hatch replacement, a luxury-focused three-door Vignale model, and a high-spec and slick looking Titanium version for those who want just a little more. The design of the new 2017 Ford Fiesta might not be what you would expect and isn’t that much of a leap forward, but its surely somewhat new-age and toned down, unlike its angular predecessor. The front of the new Fiesta now sports more angular headlights and a grille that is already seen on the updated Focus with fewer creases on its body, especially around the bumpers. The back side of the car hosts a new horizontal taillight setup that now without any doubt look more prominent than predecessors vertical rear lights, the only problem is that there are no official photos of the taillight cluster for the five-door version but assume that it will look identical to the ones for three-door model.
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The dimensions of the car have changed somewhat, meaning that the new Fiesta is slightly longer and lower than its predecessor. At the rear hatch endured some changes, and now it features slightly bigger opening. The official numbers regarding the new dimensions are not revealed yet, but since it has increased in size expect the inside of the cabin to be slightly roomier, and to provide somewhat bigger trunk as well. When we are on the topic of interior and cabin, we must point out that the interior of the new Fiesta suffered the most changes, especially in the part where the previous model hosted that button-cluster mess. It received a high placed tablet-like screen with Ford Sync 3 media connectivity and in some models Bang & Olufsen sound system. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity will now come as standard in all Sync 3 equipped cars, with the possibility of having Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, sat-nav, and voice control media also as standard.
The engine options and specs haven’t been disclosed yet, so nobody truly knows what to expect under its new skin. The common assumption that seems to be most logical is that the new Fiesta will host the award winning 1.0 L three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is currently reserved only for the Fiesta Sport model in Australia. According to Ford that exact engine is supposed to be even more economical ( the version that is available at this moment consumes 4.9 L/100 km) with a new cylinder deactivation system for the EcoBoost engine, which will be the first one for that engine, that will allow it to run on only two cylinders. The Fiesta Ambiente and a slightly higher trim model Trend are powered by a 1.5 L non-turbo four-cylinder unit, which makes us totally confused and unclear of what to expect locally. Hopefully, Ford will soon enough release some official info and put us out of our misery.