The brand new Ford Fiesta has been revealed for the first time, with the range crowned by a sporty ST-Line trim; on sale in July
Sam Sheehan
29 November 2016

The 2017 Ford Fiesta has been revealed at a special event in Cologne, Germany. It'll go on sale in Britain next July.

Four variants of the new hatchback have been unveiled - Titanium, a plush Vignale version, a sporty ST-Line variant and a chunky 'Active' crossover version, which sits 18mm higher than the regular model.

Ford says it wants to offer more personalisation choices for buyers, as well as enhancing the car's engaging driving style. 

The newest generation of the UK's best-selling car sports an evolutionary rather than revolutionary design. The front grille is similar to that of the latest Focus, while the headlights look like softened and shrunken versions of the outgoing Fiesta’s.

The range is crowned, for now, by a new five-door ST-Line version, which also previews how the full ST model will look. It sits on 10-spoke alloy wheels and wears sporty bumpers and side skirts and appears slightly more toned down compared with the current-generation ST models.

By adding Active and luxurious Vignale versions of the new Fiesta, Ford will be able to cast its net into a far greater pool of potential buyers. 

Overall dimensions look slightly larger than those of the outgoing Fiesta, supporting earlier information that the model will grow to offer more cabin space. Previous spy shots show that the car’s rear end will also introduce new horizontal tail-lights.

Our first look at the new Fiesta's interior reveals a radical departure from today's car. The most obvious new addition is a 'floating' infotainment interface which is much larger than the button-controlled screen in the current Fiesta.

So far Ford has been tight-lipped about the car's technical specifications, but a range of small-capacity turbocharged three and four-cylinder engines seems almost inevitable.

The Fiesta ST range-topper is likely to retain a boosted 1.6-litre engine but, like the other engines in the range, it'll produce more power than before along with lower emissions. The ST sits 10mm lower than the regular car.

Other features on the car include Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system, and a plush B&O PlaySound stereo.

Ford recently dropped the base models from the current Fiesta range following the arrival of the five-door Ka+. This trend will continue in the next-gen car, which will be moved slightly upmarket with a more premium cabin and a more mature appearance.

Speaking at tonight's unveiling, Ford of Europe President Jim Farley said the company had "over-delivered" on the promises made four years ago - at the first Ford Go Further event - to streamline its business in Europe and to create new products and technologies.

Take a closer look at the new Fiesta with our video, below.

Or, to watch the Fiesta's full presentation, watch the video below.

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Our Verdict

Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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29 November 2016
In non-ST guise it'll look like a soft version of the current car.
This only confirms my fear that mainstream new car design is just gonna be facelift after facelift.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

29 November 2016
What did you expect from Germans? Looks similiar to the rest of the crap that comes from Germany.

30 November 2016
GODFATHER wrote:

What did you expect from Germans? Looks similiar to the rest of the crap that comes from Germany.

Yeah, I know what you mean, It's all crap. It's only the home to some of the most successful, profitable and desirable car manufactures in the world. Those damn Germans...

29 November 2016
Looks like someone's 'scoop' artists impression ... and that's not meant to be a compliment.
The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

29 November 2016
Bishop wrote:

Looks like someone's 'scoop' artists impression ... and that's not meant to be a compliment.

haha, spot on! In fact there have even been a few renderings floating around the past few months that looked much better than this.

This is really the best Ford's design team could come up with? And to think people thought the new Kia Rio was dull. Compared to this, it looks gorgeous. It's disappointing when you think how different the current generation looked when it followed the previous dull, boxy design. And to follow that with this? The Clio remains the best looking car in the supermini class by far.

29 November 2016
Did you guys accidentally post an old photo of the current car? It looks exactly the same. It really looks like the car industry has stopped employing designers. New Audi A4 looks like last one; New BMW 5 Series looks like the previous one. New Fiesta looks like old one. Designers really don't seem to be moving forward at all these days. Are they too afraid to move design forward.

29 November 2016
The Clio? You're kidding, right? The current version is hideous!

29 November 2016
Wow ! This model has 'sporty bumpers'...

29 November 2016
I think your press department has gotten something wrong, that's the current model, which is an 'Aston grille' facelift of the previous model.

29 November 2016
Fiesta is a big seller for Ford. Nothing much wrong with the current formula, aspects of it just needed bringing up to date. Et voila...


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