It is growing slightly Ford Fiesta in the eighth generation in mid-2017. The small car crossed the four-meter mark for the first time, with modernized assistants and new engines.
In terms of appearance, the Fiesta, which continues to be available with either three or five doors, remains true to the style of its predecessor, but appears more serious and mature in detail. The headlights have not swung as much as before, and the edges on the bonnet have disappeared. In addition, the small car has grown by seven centimeters to 4,04 meters. The changes are larger in the interior, where the button flood of the old model has given way to a new operating system with a central touchscreen.
The core of the engine range remains Ford's three-cylinder petrol engine. The 1,0 liter turbo engine is again available with 74 kW / 100 PS, 92 kW / 125 PS and 103 kW / 140 PS. A new variant without turbo functions as the base engine, but with a displacement of 1,1 liters, which produces 52 kW / 70 PS or 63 kW / 85 PS. For the diesels, the Fiesta is reinforced by a new 1,5 liter engine with 88 kW / 120 PS, the well-known variant with 63 kW / 85 PS remains in the program.
In terms of new technology, the Fiesta has, among other things, an improved emergency brake assistant that is now supposed to recognize pedestrians at night. There is also a parking assistant for the first time, which automates maneuvering and brakes automatically if there is a risk of bumps. A new B&O premium sound system from Harman provides entertainment on board.
Prices for the new Fiesta generation have not yet been fixed. The current model starts at 12.500 euros, the slightly larger successor could be slightly more expensive. In general, Ford is trying to position its classic small car higher. In addition to the standard models, there will also be a particularly elegant Vignale version, the sporty ST-Line version and a crossover model. (Holger Holzer / SP-X)