► Seventh-generation Fiesta spotted
► Bigger cabin, more tech, new trims
► Due to be revealed in autumn 2016
The replacement for Ford’s best-selling Fiesta is just around the corner but, until today, we’d only seen chassis mules out on the roads.
Now, however, full-body prototypes are making their way onto the test routes – and our snappers managed to capture the first cars heading out on shakedown manoeuvres. These latest shots reveal the three-door version being put through its paces.
That’s a new Fiesta? Looks pretty substantial...
It might look bigger, but yes – this is the car that will replace the super-successful sixth-gen model, launched in 2008. Our sources say that this new Fiesta will be a bigger, slightly more expensive car – pushing the supermini slightly upmarket and creating more room in Ford’s range for the Ka+.
These early Fiesta prototypes are heavily disguised, but it's easy to see that quite a lot has changed. The vertical rear lights are gone, replaced by horizontal units that make the Fiesta look wider, while more prominent headlights serve to deliver a similar effect up front.
It looks like the new Fiesta will retain the familiar Asto... err, Ford front-end look that we've all got used to, albeit in a sharper, fresher form. Interior upgrades are also expected, including higher-quality trim finishes and Ford's latest Sync3 multimedia system, while a range of three- and four-cylinder engines will be offered.
There's even a rumour of a super-hot Fiesta RS. We live in hope...
When will it be revealed?
The latest iteration of Ford's small hatchback isn’t expected to be revealed until later in the year.
Few other details are available yet, but one thing’s for sure – you can expect to see the new line-up feature the sporty-looking ST-Line trim, which was revealed last week.
Read more about the Ford Fiesta here