Ford has recently revealed the seventh generation of the popular Fiesta subcompact. According to fresh reports,the car will hit European markets in the summer of 2017. Its American debut, however, is scheduled for the end of the year. Although the subcompact segment isn’t that hot in the U.S., the Fiesta is among Ford’s most important models in other markets. Namely, the current iteration has even managed to become Europe’s best-selling model in its class. As for the 2018 Ford Fiesta redesign, expect it to take this small hatchback more upmarket than ever before. There will be four trims to choose from, including the sporty ST and the Ford Fiesta Active.
2018 Ford Fiesta Redesign
Compared with the outgoing model, the 2018 Ford Fiesta is slightly longer and wider. Design-wise, it retains the much-praised styling of its predecessor, while receiving mostly evolutionary changes. The Fiesta now boasts a more upscale look, especially in its Vignale trim. Now, the Titanium model is probably the one to make it to the North American market. It sports the brand’s signature hexagonal grille filled with chrome slats, as well as smaller grilles in the bumper.
The interior, though, benefits from a substantial improvement over the outgoing model. The new dashboard gets high-quality soft-touch materials, with a large touchscreen display at its center. Rear-seat room has expanded significantly, as well as the rear hatch that comes with a wider opening than before. The 2018 Ford Fiesta will also offer a host most advanced safety and driver assist systems. Those include adaptive cruise control, park assist, pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, etc.
2018 Fiesta Engine Range
Full details on the next-generation model’s engine range are still unavailable. However, the new Fiesta is likely to get 1.0- and 1.1-liter three-cylinder gasoline units, and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel.The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder is the likeliest candidate for the U.S. market. The updated version of this turbocharged powertrain produces 138 horsepower, which is 15 more than the current U.S.-spec engine. A naturally aspirated four-cylinder is also in the mix for the U.S. launch. Expect the 2018 Ford Fiesta to offer a choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission.
More details on the 2018 Ford Fiesta will be known closer to its on-sale date. 2018 Ford Fiesta ST has official debut at the upcoming Geneva motor show in March 2017.