Ford has played it pretty close to the vest regarding its upcoming update of the Ford Fiesta. Slowly but surely, particulars concerning the seventh incarnation of the subcompact are beginning to emerge, stoking enthusiasm among Ford enthusiasts and Ford dealers alike.
Some facts about the new subcompact automobile that automotive journalists feel confident are legit include:
- The new generation of the Fiesta will use its existing platform, but lots of tweaks and changes to the vehicle will be made by Ford designers.
- The new Ford Fiesta will share some similar elements to Ford’s update of the Focus and its European Mondeo vehicle. Facelifts to these two cars make them resemble British luxury brand Aston Martin, a look that automotive journalists and consumers have found quite agreeable.
- The new generation of Ford Fiestas is said to be wider than previous incarnations, giving the Fiesta a little more size.
- Ford will likely ditch the Fiesta’s current 4-liter engine for a 1.0 liter, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford has been tinkering with its 1.0-liter EcoBoost, and even managed to get 202 bhp from the engine in a racing version of its Formula Ford racing vehicle.
- According to reports, the new Fiesta will have a more upscale interior look. The new Fiesta’s cabin will include higher quality, more sturdy plastics, and the vehicle will get Ford’s fancy new Sync infotainment system. The new Fiesta will have Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. The vehicle will also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay—features that make syncing your smartphone to your vehicle much easier.
Upgraded U.S. Version on the Way?
The next generation Ford Fiesta will launch in the U.K. in early 2017. Ford Fiestas sold in the U.S. typically aren’t the high-performance versions in the rest of the world. Hopefully, growing Fiesta sales in the U.S. will convince Ford to bring the sportier European versions of the Fiesta to the U.S.
In 2010, Ford sold 23,273 Fiestas in the U.S. In 2015, the Detroit automaker sold 64,458 Fiestas. Word has it that a version of European Fiesta will be sold in the U.S. in 2018 as the Ford Fiesta ST.
Ford Fiestas have been sold since the mid-70s. The first Ford Fiesta autos were available in Europe in 1976 and came to the U.S. in 1978. The Fiestas have long been a winner in Europe, thanks to their convenient size and fuel economy. The Fiesta was the best-selling vehicle in Britain for several years during the 1990s. A Fiesta ST model sold in Europe was named Top Gear’s Car of the Year in 2013.
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