2017 Ford Fiesta Convertible Looks Like a MINI Alternative

You guys know the drill: every time there's a new model out there, people try to imagine what it would look like as a convertible. And it's happened to the brand new Ford Fiesta supermini as well.
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Photo: X-Tomi Design
X-Tomi from Hungary decided to chop the roof off the second smallest Ford in Europe and give us this. We think it looks nice, sort of like an Opel Tigra from the year 2017.

Would you pay $20,000 for this kind of car? Probably not, because Ford makes it. But you would if it were a MINI Cooper Convertible. Nobody has been able to figure out what's the magic formula behind the popular premium line of superminis, but MINI owners are repeat buyers and they attend gatherings too.

It's certainly not the heritage because Ford has that too. The all-new Fiesta generation launched a few days ago was the seventh. The line stretches all the way back to 1976, forty years ago. And in that time, they've made various van models, a 2-door pickup called a Courier Coupe, various sedans, and hot hatchbacks.

There's never been a convertible, though. In fact, Ford hasn't chopped the roof off a car since the Focus Cabriolet about a decade ago. With the way things are going, there's a higher chance of the Escalade becoming a convertible than the Fiesta.

But let's imagine for a second that somebody in Germany is crazy enough to put this in production at the Cologne factory. What would it be like? For starters, at least 100 kilos heavier than the regular car. It would also have two fewer doors and a completely different trunk. We call what the Fiat 500C and DS3 Cabrio have at the back "oven doors" because that's what they open like.

What about the power? Well, there's only one engine that could be found under the hood, the 1-liter EcoBoost, which now has cylinder deactivation so it can run on two pistons.

And on the inside? Well, the latest SYNC system floats nicely over the dash and offers up to 8 inches of screen. The latest B&O Play sound system available on the Fiesta has ten speakers, enough to cover up any outside noise. Safety is also a priority, with two cameras, three radar sensors, and 12 ultrasonic ones being available. So, how wouldn't this compete with a MINI? Exactly.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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