Ford is launching their all-new generation Fiesta supermini (see the first official photo here), alongside new commercial vehicles in Cologne, Germany, and they’ve set up a live stream so you can watch the reveals and announcements online.
Ford’s all-new 2017 Fiesta is not just bigger, safer and more efficient than the outgoing model, but also features a soft-roader version for the first time in its four decade history.
That image released a few hours ago is now confirmed to be the ST-Line trim, which was joined by three other versions on stage: Titanium, Vignale and the previously mentioned Active soft-roader.
In terms of appearance, the new Fiesta breaks free from its previous mold which saw it feature vertical taillights in both the fifth and sixth generation models, from 2002 through 2008 to 2016. In fact, the last Fiesta to have somewhat-horizontal taillights was the fourth generation model build between 1995 and 2002.
So if the front end still makes this car instantly recognizable as a Fiesta, the rear separates it from the rest of the Ford range, at least in terms of visuals.
Speaking of which, the Active soft-roader version is really unlike any other Fiesta we’ve ever seen, mostly due to its increased ground clearance, the roof bars and the body kit of course – giving it a somewhat crossover-ish appearance. Think of it as a VW Cross Polo rival.
Of course it’s the interior where Ford made the largest strides with the new-gen Fiesta, in terms of quality as well as on-board tech and overall aesthetics.
You’re looking at an overall all-new dashboard layout, one that can feature an optional 8″ floating touchscreen display, housing ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. It’s safe to say that thanks to the Fiesta’s small proportions, an 8″ display tends to look huge, which is definitely a good thing.
In terms of on-board tech, the 2017 Fiesta, which Ford called the “most advanced small car in the world” is loaded with active safety systems such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information System, Lane Keep Aid and plenty others.
As for its engine range, customers will be able to choose between a series of turbocharged and naturally-aspirated three-cylinder petrol engines, as well as a new TDCi diesel, making this the most powerful diesel Fiesta ever. However, it’s the 1.0-liter EcoBoost that really stands out since it’s the world’s first three-cylinder engine to feature cylinder deactivation.
We expect to have full details about Ford’s all-new 2017 Fiesta supermini tomorrow.
Photos Michael Karkafiris/Carscoops & Ford