The next-generation Ford Fiesta has been unveiled with a host of exterior and interior updates, new driver assistance technologies and connectivity features. For the European market, the Ford FIesta comes in four production variants, including the Fiesta Titanium, Fiesta ST-Line, Fiesta Vignale and Fiesta Active Crossover. The Fiesta Active Crossover is the first in a new line-up of Active vehicles to be rolled out across the Ford range in years to come.
Available in three- and five-door variants, the updated Fiesta features a stylish new exterior and revolutionary interior design with more personalization options.
In looks, the Fiesta is more simplified and has straighter lines and de-cluttered surfaces for visual strength purposes. The bonnet offers a calmer design with no center bulge, which allows the new, wider grille to dominate. Sleek headlights offer a new wrap-around effect that is immediately recognizable day or night.
The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71mm additional body length and 12mm additional width to give a longer and more premium appearance. The belt line stretches to the headlights, and the window line is also stretched, in-keeping with the flowing, uninterrupted design. Even the door mirrors feature a straight cut between the upper and lower sections that is no longer interrupted by the indicator lens. The body side delivers an exceptional degree of sculpture for the Fiesta’s segment, designed to deliver captivating reflections under city lights. Unique wheel designs up to 18-inches include non-symmetrical designs that evoke movement even when standing still. At the rear, new horizontal rear lights further enhance the Fiesta’s widened stance with broad shoulders, and feature a C-shaped signature light pattern.
With the Fiesta Vignale, the compact can be fitted with individualization options such as contrasting roof and door mirror caps in black, white, Bohai Bay Mint or new Chrome Copper. Additional new exterior colors include Blue Wave, and for #fiesta Vignale, Milano Grigio. The Fiesta Vignale’s bespoke satin Vignale grille pattern, grille surround, foglight surrounds, side spear and rear diffuser deco element add a luxurious appeal. The Ford Fiesta Vignale variant, part of the Vignale upscale product and ownership experience, joins the Mondeo, S-MAX, Kuga and Edge Vignale models as the highest expression of the Ford brand in Europe, and offers unique 18-inch alloys wheel designs, exclusive exterior detailing and colors, and hexagonal-quilted, tuxedo-stitched leather seats.
The Fiesta Titanium features a chrome bar execution for simplistic but upscale style. Vertical foglights are connected by a smiling bumper feature line, making the model appear more optimistic and welcoming. The upscale ST-Line receives mesh, Ford Performance-inspired grille and a more angular and aggressive sports body styling, as well as a functional rear spoiler. Other highlights on the Fiesta ST-Line include unique alloy wheel, front and rear bumper and side-skirt designs. The interior features sports seats, alloy pedals and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, while the driving experience is enhanced with sports suspension.
The Fiesta Active is the first Fiesta crossover model, combining rugged SUV-inspired styling that includes raised ride-height, roof bars and additional exterior bodystyling; hatchback practicality; and true Fiesta driving dynamics. The Active series will join the Fiesta line up later on in the launch period.
The Active crossover is further differentiated by a raised suspension profile, with dark cladding flowing from the front bumper lip, through the wheel arches and side profile to the rear. A hexagonal grille design features along with a dark element for the liftgate licence plate area, contrast painted roof, and roof bars, all of which contribute to a more rugged, versatile feel.
Moving to the inside, the updated Fiesta is all about user interactions with smart devices and tablets. Delivering a more spacious and premium first impression through ergonomic design and soft-touch materials, including for the upper instrument panel, the logical but emotive interior helps deliver a calming and peaceful space that customers can personalize with a new range of individualization options. The options include decorative elements for the central instrument and passenger-side instrument panel, door pulls and rear-view mirror cap in Race Red, Yellow, Bohai Bay Mint, Deep Impact Blue or Chrome Copper.
The calming interior philosophy is supported by easier to use controls. The number of buttons on the center console is reduced by almost half, with many connectivity and entertainment controls relocated to the 8-inch touchscreen. Rear seat passengers benefit from 16mm more knee room, supported by new slim-back seats that are softer, and offer greater side-to-side support. The front seat armrest is positioned to benefit 19 per cent more of Fiesta’s tallest and shortest drivers. A height adjustable driver’s seat features repositioned lumbar support for greater comfort, and headrest positioning also has been optimized to benefit all occupants. Lastly, the tailgate is wider for easier access to the boot, and improved storage for small items.
Among a class-leading range of Fiesta driver assistance features, supported by sensor technologies capable of monitoring up to 130 metres ahead, is an enhanced Pedestrian Detection system that for the first time can help prevent collisions at night; and the first Ford Active Park Assist system that can deliver brake interventions to prevent low-speed bumps when parking hands-free.
Relevant new assistance systems added to the Fiesta’s list include Traffic Sign Recognition, Auto High Beam, Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Blind Spot Information System, Distance Indication, Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert and Forward Collision Warning.
Fiesta is also the first Ford vehicle to feature a premium B&O PLAY Sound System, and for the first time offers an openable panoramic glass roof. The Fiesta’s sophisticated SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system is supported by floating high-definition touchscreens.
Cutting-edge powertrains for the next-generation Fiesta include Ford’s multi-award winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine offering up to 140PS, and a 1.5-liter TDCi diesel offering 120PS, the first high-power diesel Fiesta powertrain. Ford anticipates CO2 emissions from 82g/km, supported by a new six-speed transmission with innovative friction reduction technologies.
The Fiesta’s chassis now offers 10 per cent more cornering grip, supported by Electronic Torque Vectoring Control, which enhances the driving experience by applying a small amount of braking to inside wheels to assist traction and stability when cornering. Braking distances at 62 mph are reduced by more than eight per cent. Rear disc brakes feature on models with more than 100PS.
New double-bonded suspension bushes are twice as stiff as the outgoing Fiesta for sharper steering response. The bushes also bulge in a specific shape designed to better isolate road imperfections, combining with a larger rear twist beam to reduce the impact of small bumps and road noise in the cabin.