Ford packs a bounty of safety assists into the little hatchback, and occupants get a much nicer cabin, too.

Ford gave the world a good look at the next-gen Fiesta's rounder design yesterday, but the Blue Oval held back most of the technical details about the latest version of its popular hatchback until now. When the model arrives, it looks to pack a ton of cutting-edge technology in a compact package. Depending on what customers want, they can choose between the higher-riding Active model, sporty ST-Line, luxury-oriented Vignale, and stylish Titanium. (pictured from left to right below) 

2017 Ford Fiesta Range

As expected, the Fiesta’s engine range includes a wide array of tunes of Ford’s three- and four-cylinder powerplants. All of them get stop-start, and an Eco button on examples with a manual transmission that adjusts the engine and throttle settings. Buyers can select from three versions of the gas-powered 1.0-litre Ecoboost three-cylinder with 99 horsepower, 123 hp, and 138 hp. Customers can also get a gasoline-fueled 1.1-litre three-cylinder with 69 hp or 84 hp. A 1.5-litre diesel offers either 84 hp or 118 hp.

The new Fiesta five-door measures 159.1 inches (4,040 millimetres) long, which is 2.8 inches (71 mm) more than the current model. At 68.3 inches (1,734 mm) wide, the latest model is also 0.5 inches (12 mm) broader than the present one. It rides on a 98.2-inch (2,493-mm) wheelbase – an increase of 0.2 inches (4 mm).

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Ford reports that the new Fiesta is a sharper handler now because the chassis has 15 percent better torsional rigidity thanks to more boron steel and laser welds. Cornering grip also improves by 10 percent from the Electronic Torque Vectoring Control that brakes the inside wheel when cornering.

2017 Ford Fiesta
2017 Ford Fiesta
2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford is also putting a huge emphasis on occupant safety for the latest Fiesta. There are two cameras, three radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors on board that can read 427 feet (130 metres) ahead of the vehicle. The tech allows for new Pedestrian Detection system that can now detect people at night. In addition the park assist can automatically activate the brakes to prevent hitting obstacles. The driver assistance suite includes traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

The Fiesta’s cabin takes steps upmarket, too. The touchscreen infotainment system appears to float at the top of the centre stack and now runs on Ford’s Sync 3 software. Buyers can choose among 4.2-, 6.5-, and 8-inch displays. Music lovers can get a high-end 675-watt B&O Play 10-speaker stereo system with a subwoofer in the trunk. Buyers can also spec an opening panoramic sunroof with a huge opening.

We still don’t know about exact pricing and availability for the latest Fiesta. They should be available in the first half of 2017.

Source: Ford

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