The recently spotted 2018 Ford Fiesta model is making quite a ruckus. The news about this car has started to spread fast ever since the spy photos of the camouflaged testing mule were released. The car is one of the more popular models that Ford has released, but it has never managed to generate so much hype in the American market as the current Ford trucks and SUVs did. But it has managed to show immense popularity in some other markets.
They are updating this car and are giving it a new and polished look. The coverings cannot hide the fact that this car is growing in dimensions which only confirms our idea that the car needs to be roomier on the inside. Also, we are expecting the car to be upgraded with all kinds of new technological features as well.
Besides the new smoother design which has a lot of curves compared to the old edgy design, there are also news about updating the Fiesta ST model, which might make it to the US market after the release of the initial base version, but this will be a mere facelift. The 2018 Ford Fiesta is expected to make its largest sale in India, where even the current version has made lot of success.
The release date is still a bit far away, but it gives us just enough time to devise our review and present the available information to our audiences.
Potential Release Date for the 2018 Ford Fiesta
As it appears so far, the 2018 Ford Fiesta is scheduled to make its first appearance in early 2018. Because they expect the car to make the biggest boom in the Indian market, the initial release date in America will be followed shortly with the Indian one. A separation of only a month or so.
Price Ratings for the 2018 Ford Fiesta
The starting price for the 2018 Ford Fiesta car has not been discussed so far. The model does get an upgrade which is going to provide us with more features but these are not supposed to raise the price by much. Expect the price to be somewhere in the line of the current 13,660 dollars.
2018 Ford Fiesta Exterior Update
The initial news for the 2018 Ford Fiesta is that it is updating its exterior look a bit. The front end is being changed up a bit and it all starts with some sharper wrap around LED headlamps. Besides the larger headlamps, the spy photos also show us a shorter radiator grille, which will be combined with a much sportier lower fascia. Also the hood looks a bit more muscular, which is actual thanks to the short creases that run up the hood.
The side of the car showcases some sleeker character lines which run all the way behind the front fenders of the car. The waistline runs just slightly upward in the rear part and the wing mirrors have been given new turn indicators. The prototype was also spotted wearing the new 17 inch alloy wheels, which have so far been only available in the ST version.
The rear end of the Fiesta does not showcase too much alteration compared to the current version. It still has the wrap around tail lamps, but this time they are placed more horizontally. There is also going to be a roof spoiler placed which is finished off with high mounted stop lamps.
What are the Interior Upgrades?
The interior of the 2018 Ford Fiesta has not been discussed so much. For now, the only leaked footage is about the exterior and not so much of the interior of the car. But we are probably in for a lot of upgrades when it comes to making the occupants of the car feel much more comfortable. Besides more space we are also expecting more convenience-orientated equipment as well.
The driver is going to get a multifunction steering wheel followed by a sleek instrument cluster. A touchscreen infotainment system is also a must and the dashboard will also incorporate a sporty black trim as well. Besides more space in all directions for the rear passengers, there are also talks about separate climate controls for the front and back.
Powertrain Options and Specs
It has been already confirmed that the 2018 Ford Fiesta will features both petrol and diesel engine variants under its hood. The petrol one is a 1.0 liter three cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine that makes 120 hp of peak power and 112 Nm of peak torque. It will come with a 6 speed automatic gearbox. The diesel variant is a 1.5 liter four cylinder TDCi diesel engine that makes 120 hp and 83 Nm of torque. This version also has the same kind of base shifter as the petrol engine does.
0-60 mph Ability and Top Speed
There haven’t been many stats and specs released for the 2018 Ford Fiesta model so far. But we do expect similar ones compared to the last one. The current version is able to speed up to 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds and it has a top speed of 115 mph, which leads us to believe that the new car will have similar specs in terms of its acceleration ability.
What is the Fuel Economy Like?
The fuel ratings for the 2018 Ford Fiesta have not been revealed so far. But if we look at the history of Fiesta cars, all of the previous entries had very decent fuel ratings, which is bound to continue here. The current base version Fiesta manages to achieve a rating of 28 mpg city drive, 36 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. We are sure that the newest EPA rates are going to be somewhere in line with the current ones.
Potential Dimension Expansions
It is true that the 2018 Ford Fiesta model will be bigger compared to the outgoing one. The information have not been backed up with facts because the new dimensions have not been released yet, but judging by the appearance of the car and some leaks it confirms the growth which the car is gearing for. The 2018 Ford Fiesta is supposed to compete in the premium hatchback segment, so they thought it would be a good idea if they expand the spacing on the inside and give a little bit more luxury to their users.
Safety has not been the strong side of Fiesta cars so we are hoping that the 2018 Ford Fiesta model manages to change all of that. The previous version lacked some standard safety features which are necessary in the contemporary market and it also had some bad crash-test performances. The car will come back with a standard set of features which include front and side air bags for the driver and front passenger, as well as rear side curtain bags, and a driver knee airbag. But we hope that they do manage to squeeze in some newly appointed features which will update the safety scores and make them better.
Depending on which market you view the 2018 Ford Fiesta model, the rivals might change. Since the car has made long strides in the Indian market, its top contenders there are the Honda Jazz, 2018 Volkswagen Polo and the Hyundai Elite I20. But generally speaking the newest Ford Fiesta will also have to deal with such cars as Chevrolet Sonica, Honda Fit and Hyundai Accent which are present on the US market.
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