Ford takes Fiesta upmarket to lift profitability

Ford has also further enhanced the compelling fun to drive character of the Fiesta.

One viewer was Marshall Motor Holdings chief executive Daksh Gupta, who tweeted: "Watching the event live.new Fiesta looks great!" It will also be bigger in terms of dimensions as it is expected to sport length of 3969mm, width of 1978mm and height of 1495mm.

Overall dimensions are said to be slightly larger than the current generation.

Four variant lines have been revealed, spanning from the Titanium, the ST-Line, the luxury Vignale, and a all-new Fiesta Active crossover.

Adding the Vignale and Active versions to the range of Britain's best-selling auto is seen by many as Ford's answer to the growing threat from premium brands expanding into small cars, such as Audi with its Q2.

Ford's SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system will enable Fiesta drivers to control audio, navigation and connected smartphones using simple, conversational voice commands.

Ford's upcoming Fiesta will also include the latest semi-autonomous driving features from the company, such as Active Park Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information, and Pre-Collision Assist. These cars are, as you might have guessed, intended for the European market and Ford hasn't indicated which upgrades are North America-bound.

The rear end is also more subdued, with smaller, horizontal tail lights that seem to follow another new small-car design rule that seemingly makes it mandatory to copy the Volkswagen Golf. New options include a panoramic sunroof and Bang & Olufsen's PLAY sound system.

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It's a hefty overhaul then, one Ford will be hoping keeps the Fiesta at the top of sale charts for years to come.

Ford has not released US specs for the all-new Fiesta just yet, but in Europe it will feature a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

What engines will the 2017 Ford Fiesta be available with?

The Fiesta offering has been expanded, with new variants in addition to the basic model.

While no word has been given on pricing, the new Fiesta is expected to go on sale in the United Kingdom in time for the September 2017 plate change.

The TiVCT engine is available with an all-new five-speed manual gearbox, while the 1.0-litre EcoBoost unit comes with a new six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, depending on the level of power. The global vehicle will offer a range of pint-sized three- and four-cylinder engines. Namely, the engine will be the first volume-production three-cylinder in the world to offer cylinder-deactivation for improved fuel economy.

Under the bonnet Fiesta gets a new option of a sporty 120hp 1.5 litre diesel that joins the Euro6 compliant range of petrol and diesel engines.

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