While detailed information is scarce at this stage, the exterior style is an evolution of the current generation with the newcomer gaining flatter headlights, extra curves, split wrap-around tail-lights and a more sophisticated look for the front-end.
Overall dimensions are said to be slightly larger than the current generation.
Inside, the all-new Fiesta picks-up a free-standing eight-inch touchscreen and the updated Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with voice control. On the options list is a Bang & Olufsen ‘Play’ sound system - the latter a first for Ford.
This has driven a cleaner look for the interior with 20 buttons deleted and those functions now operated via the touchscreen.
And reports point to a much improved cabin ambience thanks to better materials all-round.
No word yet on the Australian lineup, but in Europe there are changes in the model nomenclature - in Germany, Fiesta was revealed with the Titanium as the core model, the sporty ST Line (not the full-blown ST), a high-grade version called Vignale and a crossover variant called the Fiesta Active.
Following the lead of rivals from the Volkswagen Group, the Volkswagen Cross Polo and Skoda Fabia Scout, the Ford Fiesta Active will run plastic wheel-arch protectors and meatier tyres for a hint of off-road capability.
While full engine specifications have not been confirmed, Ford did announce the 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine gains cylinder deactivation (claimed to be a first for three-cylinder powerplants) which activates and deactivates cylinders in 14 milliseconds and delivers a six per-cent improvement in fuel consumption and emissions.
And there’s good news for European diesel customers with the all-new Ford Fiesta gaining the latest high-output TDCI powerplant.
Some European reports suggest an electric or petrol-electric hybrid might be planned for the all-new Ford Fiesta at some stage.
The Australian lineup is expected to be powered by that new three-cylinder petrol engine and carry-over the current 1.5-litre four-cylinder.
Underneath, the all-new Ford Fiesta continues to ride on Ford’s ‘Global B’ platform.
On the safety front, European models add 15 new driver assistance functions and the list includes Active Park Assist, Blind Spot Information, Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Keeping Assist.
Ford says the all-new Fiesta will be offered with more personalisation options. The European launch is slated for the first half of next year with local deliveries expected by the end of 2017.
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