Ford reveals UK details for new 82g/km Fiesta
Ford has revealed its seventh-generation Fiesta, which introduces updated technologies and powertrains as well as the debut of an upscale Vignale model and the Active crossover.
Unveiled at a special event in Germany, the new model will still be available in three and five-door bodystyles, and is built on an updated version of the same platform that brings an extra 71mm in length and 12mm width, giving greater space for occupants.
Exterior design is updated to “to make it more contemporary, yet not lose the ‘Fiesta-ness’ that the customers love”, according to Joel Piaskowski, director, design, Ford of Europe, and includes an opening panoramic glass roof for the first time. Piaskowski added: “The next generation Fiesta is refined, yet much more sculpted with an equally emotional appeal. Fiesta’s exterior is visually simpler, allowing us to create stronger personalities within the expanded line-up, each with distinct fascias, grilles and details that will appeal to a much broader range of customers.”
For the first time, the line-up includes an Active crossover model, which brings rugged SUV styling with a raised ride height, roof bars and additional cladding.
An upscale Fiesta Vignale model will also be offered. This joins the Mondeo, S-MAX, Kuga and Edge Vignale models and offers bespoke 18-inch alloys wheel designs, exclusive exterior detailing and colours, and hexagonal-quilted, tuxedo-stitched leather seats.
Ford has also carried over the sporty ST-Line trim, which replaced the Zetec S on the old model and brings sporty detailing including alloy wheels, grille, front and rear bumper and side-skirt designs and bespoke interior detailing along with sports suspension.
The higher-spec Titanium trim has also been retained, which accounted for nearly 60% of overall sales in the first 10 months of 2016.
In the UK, the Fiesta will also be available in a Zetec model and the entry-level Style, which is expected to appeal to fleet buyers only.
UK engine line-up covers three petrols and two diesels. The range includes an updated version of Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 99, 123 and 148bhp, and a new six-speed manual gearbox that helps deliver from an anticipated 97g/km CO2 emissions or an optional six-speed automatic gearbox for the 99bhp variant with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Ford’s 1.1-litre petrol engine is also available, which shares a three-cylinder architecture with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, and is offered with a new five-speed manual gearbox in 69bhp and 84bhp versions. These versions replace the outgoing naturally aspirated 1.25-litre petrol engine, delivering more power and anticipated reduced CO2emissions from 101g/km.
Diesel line-up includes a 118bhp 1.5-litre TDCi unit – the Fiesta’s first high power diesel – married up with a six-speed manual gearbox, and offering anticipated CO2 emissions of 89g/km. The unit will also be offered with 84bhp – 10bhp more than the outgoing Fiesta – and delivering from an anticipated 82g/km CO2.
Updated driver assistance technologies see the new Fiesta become the first Ford with Pedestrian Detection that 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.
Fiesta is also the first Ford to feature a premium B&O PLAY Sound System while SYNC 3 connectivity is now supported by floating high-definition touchscreens up to 8 inches in size.
The new Fiesta goes on sale from July.