Ford has announced a new base model Ford Fiesta for Europe, and it’s called the Ford Fiesta Trend. The new model replaced the outgoing base Fiesta in Europe called the Zetec. The Ford Fiesta Trend is priced starting at £15,995. Along with the new name for the base Ford Fiesta, the car has also gained new tech and safety equipment as standard.
Safet equipment is critical in Europe for tests like the Euro NCAP if automakers want top ratings, leading to an increase in safety equipment on entry-level models such as lane-keeping assist and automatic headlamps. The Ford Fiesta Trend will be offered in three and five-door body styles and will have 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.
Other standard features for the Fiesta Trend include electrically adjustable mirrors on the doors, LED daytime running lights, privacy glass, and a mesh front grille. Ford is offering the Fiesta Trend in seven colors, including Race Red, Frozen White, Chrome Blue, Moondust Silver, Shadow Black, Desert Island Blue, and Metropolis White.
Ford equips the Fiesta Trend with a multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning, electric windows, and a DAB radio. The Fiesta Trend also gets the latest 8-inch SYNC infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To help parents keep teens safe, the car also has MyKey that allows owners to link a profile to the second car key that can limit the maximum audio volume, top speed, and other features of the car.
Ford Fiesta Trend buyers will get a 1.1-liter 3-cylinder gas engine that makes 84 horsepower and 108 Nm of torque paired up with a 5-speed manual transmission. Ford says that the Trend is good for 64.2 mpg fuel economy and produces 101g/km CO2 emissions. Ford is expecting big sales of the Trend with reports predicting it will account for one in every four Fiesta’s sold in the UK. Ford is facing a possible NHTSA investigation into allegedly faulty transmissions in the Fiesta and Focus in the States.