New Ford Fiesta Lineup Includes Fiesta Active Crossover Variant
The expanded range of the next-generation Ford Fiesta was revealed in Cologne, Germany last week. The new Fiesta lineup will consist of an upscale Vignale trim and the Fiesta Active crossover, as well as refreshed versions of the Fiesta Titanium and recently-launched Fiesta ST-Line.
Ford is promising “the world’s most technologically advanced small car” with the new Fiesta. A suite of 15 available driver assist technologies will be bolstered by a system that includes two cameras, three radars, and a dozen ultrasonic sensors and will allow for 360-degree monitoring. It will also receive Ford’s Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, Cross Traffic Alert, Auto High Beam, Traffic Sign Recognition, and Adjustable Speed Limiter among other features.
In terms of information and entertainment technology, the Fiesta will receive SYNC 3 and the first B&O PLAY Sound System to be offered in a Ford vehicle. Audio quality will be supported by a 7% reduction in road noise in the Fiesta’s cabin, which will feature seamless surfaces and highly-quality materials throughout.
Powertrain-wise, the next-gen Fiesta is being offered with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost and a new 1.5-liter TDCi diesel, either of which can be mated to a new six-speed transmission with friction reduction technologies.
The biggest addition to the lineup is arguably the Fiesta Active, the first in Ford’s planned Active vehicle lineup. The decision to expand one of the best-selling nameplates in all of Europe into the crossover segment is sound logic, and it is not unlikely that the Fiesta Active could make the jump to the United States by 2020 as one of Ford’s four new SUV launches. The Fiesta Vignale will not likely make the transition across the Atlantic as it has been indicated as being a European brand by Ford President of Europe Jim Farley.
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