Ford has taken the covers off the new Ford Fiesta. The new version of Europe’s bestselling small car will go on sale in Europe in summer 2017 and the Fiesta line-up will be joined for the first time by a more premium Vignale version and an ‘Active’  version with more crossover-inspired styling.

The new Ford Fiesta will sit alongside the recently launched Ka+ in Ford’s small car line-up.

The 2017 Ford Fiesta debuts a new look but designers have taken a more evolutionary approach to the styling. The Fiesta will again be available as a three- or five-door.

Inside there is a brand new interior design and Ford has addressed criticism of the current cluttered layout with an almost 50% reduction in centre console buttons. Infotainment is provided via the SYNC 3 infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) and controlled via a large touchscreen in the centre of the dash.

2017 Ford Fiesta
The interior of the 2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will again be offered in the new Fiesta with power outputs of 100, 125 and 140PS, as well as the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with 85 or 120PS.  There will also be a new 1.1-litre petrol engine with 70PS or 85PS.

Ford is promising that the next generation Fiesta will build on the car’s class-leading driving dynamics to deliver more grip, better stopping performance and improved steering feel, alongside improved ride quality and refinement.

The new Fiesta has a stiffer body structure and a lighter, stiffer hollow front anti-roll bar for better roll control and steering feel. Steering friction has been reduced by 20% and gearboxes now deliver smoother gear changes. There is 10% more cornering grip with the integration of Electronic Torque Vectoring Control. Braking distances at 100 km/h are reduced by more than 8%. Rear disc brakes will feature on models with more than 100PS.

2017 Ford Fiesta
The new Ford Fiesta

A number of new driver assistance features have been added to the new Fiesta including Adaptive Cruise Control, Adjustable Speed Limiter, Auto High Beam, Blind Spot Information System, Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, Lane Keeping Alert, Forward Collision Warning and Pedestrian Detection system. Ford’s perpendicular parking assist feature will be available for the first time in the new Fiesta and it can now deliver brake interventions to prevent low-speed bumps when parking hands-free.

Caroline Kidd