2018 Ford Fiesta minicar unveiled in Europe; U.S. plans unclear


Subcompact cars aren't getting much attention from buyers in the U.S. these days, but they remain a hot commodity in other markets.

So while a redesigned 2018 Ford Fiesta debuted in Europe earlier this week, Ford appears to be taking its time on plans for a U.S. launch.

The current generation is sold here, but Ford did not discuss U.S. specifications or a launch date at the new model's European unveiling.

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While the car itself is a complete redesign, the styling is an evolution of the design of the outgoing Fiesta.

Details like a swept-back headlights and a large oval grille give the new model a strong resemblance to its predecessor.

In Europe at least, the new Fiesta will be offered in four trim lines, each with model-specific styling features.

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

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These include Titanium, ST Line (not to be confused with the current Fiesta ST performance model), Vignale, and Active.

The Active model features contrasting body cladding and roof rails to give it the appearance of a crossover utility vehicle.

Don't expect an all-wheel drive option though; all Fiesta models are expected to retain front-wheel drive. Its underpinnings may be used for an AWD small utility vehicle, though.

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Ford didn't offer many powertrain details, but it did say the current Fiesta's 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine will remain.

We're fond of this engine, one of the few EcoBoost engines that actually appears to deliver on its EPA ratings.

Ford will add cylinder deactivation to the 3-cylinder EcoBoost in a bid to increase efficiency still further.

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

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As well as the 3-cylinder, Ford offers a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine in the current-generation U.S.-spec Fiesta, with turbocharging in the ST performance model.

On the inside, the 2018 Fiesta features a reconfigured dashboard with a large touchscreen jutting out of the center stack.

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Available tech features will include Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, and a B&O Play audio system.

More details on the redesigned Fiesta are expected at one of this season's auto shows, possibly the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

2018 Ford Fiesta (European spec)

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If it makes it to the U.S., the new Fiesta likely won't arrive here until late next year or later. That would put it well into the 2018 model year.

Ford may see fit to add a U.S.-specific four-door sedan model to sell alongside the five-door hatchback, as it does now.

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Fiesta models sold in the U.S. are currently imported form Mexico, where Ford plans to shift all of its small-car production in the near future.

It will shift production of the Focus from Michigan to a new Mexican plant in 2019, and may build a dedicated electric car called the Model E at that plant as well.

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