For the next Ford Fiesta subcompact, “evolution” – not “revolution” – is the name of the game.
A brand-new Ford Fiesta is expected to bow later this year, with a launch date anticipated some time in 2017. According to UK website Autocar, Ford will focus its efforts on revamping the styling and interior quality without changing the overall formula very much; the axle track will grow somewhat, while overall length and wheelbase remain very much the same. Underneath, a developed version of the same MacPherson-strut front/twist-beam rear suspension propping up the current model is expected, while inside the cabin, Autocar anticipates the presence of higher-grade materials and a more airy, open overall feel.
It could even be said that the new Ford Fiesta will shift further upmarket, as Europe has a new subcompact to occupy the lower end of the price spectrum: the B-segment Ka+.
“The current Fiesta has been so successful that it has earned the right to evolve,” one insider told Autocar.
Seeing as the Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in UK history, erring on the side of conservatism with regard to its redesign seems prudent; Ford isn’t about to go any radically alter a product that’s clearly thriving. With the introduction of the Ka+ budget subcompact, and the new Fiesta’s subsequent shift further upmarket, we can look forward to more of the same from the 2017 Ford Fiesta, only new-and-improved.