How many rental hatchback's have an 8-inch touchscreen and panoramic sunroof?
We knew last week that Ford was going to show off its all-new Fiesta in Cologne, Germany, but we didn’t know that it would be bringing four cars to the party. Meet the 2017 Ford Fiesta Titanium, Vignale, ST-Line and Active. That’s a lot to cover, so we’ll do our best to keep it brief. The Titanium (brown) is the mass-market model. The Vignale (white) is the upscale offering. The ST-Line (red) is not the Fiesta ST but it is meant to be sporty. Finally, the Active (caramel?) is a wannabe crossover in the same vein as the Ford EcoSport.
Much like Volkswagen did with the 2017 Golf, the Fiesta’s biggest updates are found in the cabin. That being said the exterior was significantly overhauled as well. All the Fiestas are a bit larger than the current seventh-generation model. Each of the four gets a unique front end design, with all trims getting different grilles. And hey, check out that panoramic sunroof. Pretty classy for a small car, eh? Speaking of classy, the new Fiesta’s cabin looks like it’ll put other entry-level hatchbacks to shame. That dash-topping 8-inch touchscreen is especially impressive, as is the promise of a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The revised dash looks classier, more modern and less messy than the setup in the current Fiesta.
Another noteworthy feature is cylinder deactivation, available on the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, an engine with only three cylinders. According to Ford this is the first three-cylinder engine in the world to feature cylinder deactivation. The automaker claims it only takes 14 milliseconds to disengage and re-engage a cylinder, with the result unnoticeable to drivers in terms of feeling and performance. Ford didn’t release pricing or availability info and didn’t specify what new changes the American-spec Fiesta would bring over from Europe (these models are currently all Europe-only). It’ll be interesting to see which features make it stateside. Obviously we expect stuff like the new cabin design and cylinder deactivation to do so.
What we’re more curious about are the different trims. Remember that the Fiesta is also sold as a sedan over here. Would Ford really want to offer four different trim levels each for the Fiesta hatch and sedan? Is it possible that the sedan could get the axe altogether? And what about the Fiesta ST (the real one)?! All that info should come in time, so for now just check out the new Fiesta and let us know what you think.