It's not all-new but it's new where it matters
Ford took the existing platform and the best of the engines, sure. But scroll through the following pages and you’ll see that the engineers and designers have had a serious go at fixing what needed fixing (cabin, mostly), and even what didn’t (chassis). The range is wider. And you can spec it with a bounty of big-car features. The way Ford tells it, because the old Fiesta was the number-one-selling small car in Europe, and people still like the design and love the dynamics, then it’s “earned the right to evolve” rather than needing a total reinvention.
You’ll see them on the road from July next year. Which of course gives the opposition time to match some of what Ford claims are the Fiesta’s ‘unique’ features.