All new Ford Fi­esta on the way ...

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THE Al­lAll-New Ford Fi­esta de­liv­ers the most so­phis­ti­cated range of driver as­sis­tance tech­nolo­gies and con­nec­tiv­ity fea­tures of any vol­ume small car on sale in Europe, as part of the most com­pre­hen­sive and ver­sa­tile line-up of vari­ants in more than 40 years of Fi­esta his­tory.

Dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the All-New Fi­esta avail­able at launch in­clude the stylish Fi­esta Ti­ta­nium, the Ford Per­for­mance-in­spired Fi­esta ST-Line, the up­scale Fi­esta Vig­nale, and Fi­esta Zetec. The Fi­esta Ac­tive cross­over – the first in a new line-up of Ac­tive ve­hi­cles to be rolled out across the Ford range in years to come – and the All-New 200 PS Fi­esta ST will also go on sale next year.

Three- and five-door Fi­esta vari­ants will de­liver su­pe­rior qual­ity and re­fine­ment; fea­ture a stylish new ex­te­rior and rev­o­lu­tion­ary in­te­rior de­sign with more per­son­al­i­sa­tion op­tions than ever be­fore. Ford has also fur­ther en­hanced the Fi­esta’s widely ac­claimed fun to drive char­ac­ter.

“It’s be­cause we share our cus­tomers’ pas­sion for Fi­esta that we’ve been able to take this iconic small car’s lov­able, fun and sporty-to-drive char­ac­ter to the next level, with a greater choice of mod­els than ever and each with a dis­tinc­tive per­son­al­ity,” said Ciarán McMa­hon, Chair­man and Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ford Ire­land. “We now have a Fi­esta op­tion for every driver, with ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies and fea­tures that small-car cus­tomers could only have dreamed of just a few years ago.”

Among an un­prece­dented range of Fi­esta driver as­sis­tance fea­tures – sup­ported by sen­sor tech­nolo­gies ca­pa­ble of mon­i­tor­ing up to 130 me­tres ahead – is an en­hanced Pedes­trian De­tec­tion sys­tem that for the first time can help pre­vent col­li­sions at night; and the first Ford Ac­tive Park As­sist sys­tem that can de­liver brake in­ter­ven­tions to pre­vent low-speed bumps when park­ing hands-free.

Fi­esta is also the first Ford ve­hi­cle to fea­ture a pre­mium B&O PLAY Sound Sys­tem, and for the first time of­fers an open­able panoramic glass roof. The Fi­esta’s so­phis­ti­cated SYNC 3 com­mu­ni­ca­tions and en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem is sup­ported by float­ing high-def­i­ni­tion touch­screens up to 8-inches, and a spa­cious and er­gonomic in­te­rior fea­tures an al­most 50 per cent re­duc­tion in cen­tre con­sole but­tons for a more in­tu­itive en­vi­ron­ment.

Cut­ting-edge pow­er­trains in­clude Ford’s multi-award win­ning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine of­fer­ing up to 140 PS, and a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel of­fer­ing 120 PS – the first high-power diesel Fi­esta pow­er­train. An All-New six-speed trans­mis­sion with in­no­va­tive fric­tion re­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies helps de­liver CO2 emis­sions from 82 g/km, and fuel ef­fi­ciency from 3.2 l/100 km.* The most com­pre­hen­sive Fi­esta range ever meets grow­ing con­sumer de­mand for greater choice and im­proved qual­ity within the small car seg­ment.

The All-New Fi­esta will for the first time be of­fered as a lux­u­ri­ous Ford Fi­esta Vig­nale model – part of the Ford Vig­nale up­scale prod­uct and own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence. The Fi­esta Vig­nale of­fers unique 18-inch al­loys wheel de­signs, ex­clu­sive ex­te­rior de­tail­ing and colours, and hexag­o­nal-quilted, tuxedo-stitched leather seats. Ford last year in­tro­duced for the first time a new range of ST-Line mod­els that de­liver ex­te­rior and in­te­rior styling in­spired by Ford Per­for­mance mod­els along­side pow­er­ful Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel en­gines, for cus­tomers who as­pire to the sporty im­age of Ford’s ST mod­els – but do not re­quire the full per­for­mance de­liv­ered by op­ti­mised ST en­gines and chas­sis with sports tech­nolo­gies.

The Fi­esta ST-Line fea­tures sporty ex­te­rior styling in­clud­ing unique al­loy wheels, grille, front and rear bumper and side-skirt de­signs. The in­te­rior fea­tures sports seats, al­loy ped­als and a flat-bot­tomed steer­ing wheel, while the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is en­hanced with sports sus­pen­sion.

In Ire­land All-New Fi­esta will be ini­tially avail­able in Zetec and Ti­ta­nium se­ries with ST-Line and Vig­nale se­ries ar­riv­ing in late 2017. Lead in pric­ing will start at €16,550 (Fi­esta Zetec 3-door 1.1 litre petrol 70PS).

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