Ford commences production of new Fiesta ahead of July launch
Ford has confirmed production of its all-new Fiesta has begun, with the very first ones expected to hit UK roads in July.
Rolling off the line in Cologne, Germany, Ford will be hoping its new supermini will be as successful as the outgoing car proved to be.
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There will be not one but four versions of the new supermini, all of which benefit from varying styles.
Several distinct looks are offered: the Titanium, the ST-Line, the Vignale and the Active. The Titanium is expected to be the most popular choice of trim, while the ST-Line adds a beefy bodykit and a sportier look.
The headlights are more rounded and the grille has also been widened. Meanwhile, the current car’s sharp edges make way for a much smoother look.
The major change comes at the back end, where the previously vertical tail light stack has been replaced by a horizontal wraparound affair, not dissimilar to larger cars in Ford’s range such as the Kuga.
In a somewhat unexpected move, the new Fiesta will also be available in Vignale guise (Ford’s luxury sub-brand) and will add numerous accoutrements.
The biggest departure style-wise though comes in the form of the Active, which with chunky crossover looks, is designed to cash in on the UK’s SUV obsession.
Changes on the inside are just as dramatic. There’s an all-new infotainment system with an 8in touchscreen. It gets Ford’s latest Sync3 tech with smartphone integration and satnav too, although it’s not been confirmed if it will be fitted as standard.
An area the Fiesta lagged behind its competition was the fit and finish on the inside. That won’t be an issue for the new model though, which features soft-touch plastics throughout its interior. The Fiesta has grown, so the new model’s cabin is roomier, too.
The same wide range of engines will be available for the Fiesta, with an updated 1.0-litre EcoBoost available in 99, 123 and 138bhp forms. From 2018, it’ll get clever cylinder deactivation tech too, but for those looking for the most efficiency, the 118bhp 1.5-litre diesel should fit the bill.
A cheaper option will be a new 1.1-litre three-cylinder petrol producing between 69 and 84bhp, although because it isn’t turbocharged it won’t be as impressive as the EcoBoost. The most potent petrol version will be the new ST, which you can read more about by clicking here.
From 2018, the Ecoboost will be available with clever cylinder deactivation technology but, for those looking for the most efficient Fiesta, it’s likely to be the revised TDCi diesel engine that will offer more performance and better fuel efficiency.
If you’re interested in a new Fiesta, it will be avaialble from July, with lease prices being released around that time too. If you can’t wait until then, check out these lease deals on the ever-popular current Fiesta for less than £150 per month.