2017 Ford Fiesta confirmed for November reveal
Next-gen Fiesta, imagined by Autocar
All-new, next-gen Fiesta arrives on 29 November; spy shots reveal it will be bigger than the current model
The next-generation Ford Fiesta will make its world debut on 29 November at Ford’s Go Further event in Cologne, Germany.
Ford of Europe executive vice president and president Jim Farley will pull the wraps off the new model. He said: “The new Fiesta will be our best expression of Ford – lovable fun, sporty to drive and with an unmatched personality true to the spirit of the iconic small car that has delighted generations of customers for the past 40 years.”
The 2017 model has been spotted testing in three and five-door guises, with these development cars revealing that the future Fiesta will have a completely different design from that of today’s model.
The current Fiesta is 3969mm long and 1709mm wide, with a height of 1468mm, but the disguised test cars show that the future model is set to grow.
Ford is expected to take some styling inspiration for the new Fiesta from the facelifted Focus, which went on sale in the UK in 2015, and the similarities are just about visible through the test mule’s disguise.
The car gets a more angular nose with tighter headlights. At the back, the current car’s vertical light units have been swapped for horizontal ones.
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.
A 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.
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 to Autocar at the Detroit motor show earlier this year, Ford sales and marketing boss Stephen Odell said it was “in our interests to keep a car that is so well received fresh in its market”. Odell added that he wasn’t concerned about the challenge of replacing such a successful car and he backed the design and engineering teams to deliver.
“I remember when we launched the current car, the hand-wringing that went on, as it was so different; could we even call it a Fiesta? But the car makes the name, not the name makes the car. It’s still a fantastic-looking car. I’m paid to say that but the sales back it up.”
Despite the growing provenance of the new Ford Performance division, officials have been quick to deny rumours of a Fiesta RS. Ford Performance director Dave Pericak said the company is more than happy with having the ST and the limited-edition ST200 as its Fiesta range-toppers.
Similarly, Odell wouldn’t confirm or deny the existence of an RS model, or indeed whether any Ford apart from the Focus would receive the RS treatment. He said only that RS “was a really valuable brand” which had “an opportunity to keep it fresh”.
Sam Sheehan and Darren Moss