As more and more new models are teased, previewed, and unveiled for the upcoming 2017 model year, auto news sources begin digging for all the information they can find on all the latest and greatest products coming out from car manufacturers. Some of the speculation flying is in regards to the updated Ford Fiesta, slated for a 2017 model year, which, according to Italian publication Omni Auto, might be receiving a new upscale, luxury trim level called the Vignale when it’s released sometime next year.
The Vignale trim is already available on other vehicles in Ford’s lineup, such as the Fusion and S-Max minivan. Typical additions attributed to the Vignale trim include extra chrome accents, leather upholstery, and high-contrast stitching in the interior. This Fiesta Vignale may only be released in Europe, where sub-compact cars of the luxury variety are more popular than in the United States, but the Ford Fiesta is still getting some significant improvements in the new model.
Like most updated cars, the Fiesta will be getting revised styling that includes a new front fascia more in line with the brand’s current look, but the real change is under the exterior; instead of getting a traditional new generation, the platform of the previous model will be undergoing revisions of its own, with a smoother, tuned suspension that will improve the Fiesta’s handling and performance. The ST trim is also said to be receiving a boost in power, though specs aren’t yet available.
The updated Ford Fiesta will be launching in Europe sometime this fall, though Ford has opted out of the Paris Auto Show. Information regarding the US release and the available engine lineup will come either during the Los Angeles Auto Show or the event in Detroit that following January.