There are four versions of the car, a basic one, an ST, a body-clad CUV-ish one and a Vignale. Interestingly, Ford are keeping the three door. That’s a clue to something about this car which is probably a deep reskin rather than an all-new architecture. It is akin to the half-remembered 2000 Corsa C, the short-lived 1999 VW Polo and 2014’s Opel Corsa in carrying over a lot of the previous structures. Like the 2014 Corsa, most of the action is on the interior, reflecting a greater interest in perceived quality and interaction and connectivity. McPherson struts somewhere in the press pack? Probably. Here are the front views of the current and new car (right) compared:
And here is the back. Note the lack of notes (new car right):
Looking at the new and old cars one sees a light shuffling and remixing of the existing elements. The new rear is not as coherent as the old car: the license plate recess and lamps don’t gel. At the front the lamps are watered down; there is nothing extra here. Owners of the existing car won’t find their steed suddenly looks dated. Owners of the new car might wonder what they are paying extra for.
Here is some of the press release: “Underlying the four Fiesta variants unveiled in Cologne is an exterior that builds on the bold styling of the outgoing Fiesta, with a more elegant design, and a more fluid and transitional appearance.
Simplified, straighter lines and de-cluttered surfaces deliver more visual strength. The bonnet offers a calmer design with no centre bulge, which allows the new, wider grille* to dominate. Sleek headlamps offer a new wrap-around effect that is immediately recognisable day or night.
The side profile is more settled and less wedge-shaped, combining with 71 mm additional body length and 12 mm additional width to give a longer and more premium appearance. The belt line stretches to the headlamps, and the window line is also stretched, in-keeping with the flowing, uninterrupted design. Even the door mirrors feature a straight cut between the upper and lower sections that is no longer interrupted by the indicator lens.
The body side delivers an exceptional degree of sculpture for the Fiesta’s segment, designed to deliver captivating reflections under city lights. Unique wheel designs up to 18-inches include non-symmetrical designs that evoke movement even when standing still. At the rear, new horizontal rear lights further enhance the Fiesta’s widened stance with broad shoulders, and feature a C-shaped signature light pattern.”
They refer to the broad shoulders. I spotted that too. The indicator lens on the door mirrors is a subtle touch, you could aver.
The interior shows Ford are having trouble with the integration of the touchscreen element. Oddly, Ford’s own website didn’t show the interior so I had to pilfer that image from the Telegraph.
And the retention of the three-door version? What does that mean? It is evidence that Ford didn’t have to do much engineering so as to keep the option open. Had this been a completely new body, they might not have gone to the trouble of retaining the three-door.
All in all, it’s different but the same. Is it still kinetic design? Over to the readers now: does it meet and exceed your expectations?
*front grille, of course.