The US automaker is counting on the seventh generation Fiesta to continue the huge success of the previous iterations and following the official unveiling the spicy details are also here.
Aside from the evolutionary design, four different versions showcased from the start (including luxury Vignale and crossover-esque Active) and much better cabin – the Ford Fiesta is also fully laden with the latest technology available from the company. The lineup – for now – is made out of the Active, ST Line, Vignale and Titanium. The engine roster includes no surprises – a full roster of Ford’s three- and four-cylinder units – all of them getting stop-start, and an Eco button on models with a manual transmission that rework the engine and throttle settings. The gas-powered 1.0-liter Ecoboost three-cylinder gets three states of tune: 99 horsepower (74 kilowatts), 123 hp (92 kW), and 138 hp (103 kW). There’s also a 1.1-liter three-cylinder with 69 hp (52 kW) or 84 hp (63 kW). The diesel offering has the 1.5-liter packing 84 hp (63 kW) or 118 hp (88 kW).
The subcompact packaging is 159.1 inches (4,040 millimeters) long, 68.3 inches (1,734 mm) wide, and has a wheelbase of 98.2-inch (2,493-mm) – which is 2.8 inches (71 mm), 0.5 inches (12 mm) and 0.2 inches (4 mm) more than the preceding Fiesta. The company also told us the handling has been upgraded thanks to 15 percent better torsional rigidity for the chassis and cornering grip gets a 10 percent hike from the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control system. Safety is also a top priority for the Fiesta. Two cameras, three radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors are on board and they can scan 427 feet (130 meters) ahead of the vehicle. The new Pedestrian Detection system will also detect people at night, the park assist can automatically activate the brakes to prevent hitting obstacles and the driver assistance suite also includes things such as traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The cabin features better materials all round but of course the biggest change is the jump directly to Ford’s Sync 3 software – the displays come in 4.2-, 6.5-, and 8-inch sizes and the B&O Play 10-speaker stereo system with a subwoofer in the trunk also packs a total of 675 watts.