Next-generation Ford Fiesta Debuts, But Doesn't Tell All

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
next generation ford fiesta debuts but doesnt tell all

The next-generation Ford Fiesta had its coming out party at a corporate event in Cologne, Germany today, and there’s no mistaking the updated B-segment runabout.

Ford clearly wasn’t willing to mess with the exterior too much, but changes abound on the 2018 model year Fiesta. That includes an industry-first advancement made to its available three-cylinder motor.

Though it rides on the same Global B platform as before, the model is slightly lower and wider, with a subtly revised fascia, sculpted sides, and vastly different taillights. Those rear lamps move down from the C-pillar, and are now oriented horizontally in a more conventional location.

Inside, Ford has promised a plusher feel and upgraded content, meaning greater levels of standard technology. The automaker claims the next-gen model allows more opportunities for customers to personalize their Fiesta (has that been a concern?), as well as upgraded handling dynamics.

Because this was a Ford of Europe event, we’re still waiting on U.S.-specific details. European trims top out with the ST-line model, which was shown in a photo released hours ahead of the unveiling. That trim slots below the Fiesta ST we know and love here in North America ( and here at TTAC), and joins the luxurious Vignale, upmarket Titanium (a trim Americans will recognize) and crossover-themed Active.

Yes, there’s a two-door variant, but who knows if that body style will cross the Atlantic. We’ll also have to wait to see if the Active soft-roader makes the journey to battle the faux beastly, similarly named 2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ. There’s no word yet on the next-gen Fiesta ST, though it is in development. Don’t worry, hot hatch lovers, the FiST lives.

Ford hasn’t revealed power figures for any of the new Fiesta’s drivetrains, but did announce an industry-first tweak made to the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford has developed a cylinder deactivation system for the tiny three-cylinder, making it the first time the fuel-saving tech has been applied to a three-pot. Under very light loads, one of the cylinders can be deactivated, then called back into action within 14 milliseconds, according to Ford.

Expect mileage gains for models equipped with that mill, as well as the thrill of driving on two cylinders. U.S.-market 2018 Fiestas should appear on these shores late next year.

[Images: Ford Europe; Ford Europe/ YouTube]

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Nov 30, 2016

    Running on two cylinders? Yawn. I want to hear about one running on one cylinder.

  • TMA1 TMA1 on Nov 30, 2016

    Is the US still going to be getting its Fiesta from Thailand? Or is that already happening?

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    • TMA1 TMA1 on Nov 30, 2016

      @brettc Yes, but it was reported a year or so ago that Ford would be sourcing its US Fiestas from Thailand. I think the Focus is taking its place down in Mexico.

  • Golden2husky You'd be way better off in a base Vette for that money.
  • Gene Sedans and coupes don't sell in the quantity that they used to but they still make up a significant market. Why Ford abandoned this segment still baffles me. Again, just look at Toyota, Dodge, Mercedes, BMW, Hyundai, etc who have not abandoned this segment.
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  • Redapple2 My dad s buddy got a tire thru the windshield. DRT -dead right there.
  • Redapple2 Hope they fix the:1 ride. worse than a corvette2 seating position. ankles at the height of my butt is UNCOMFORTABLE .As is. Horrible truck