The all-new Ford Fiesta is set to make its world debut this evening – but this single image has been revealed first, showing what the front three quarters of the car will look like.
The shot shows an ST-Line model – a trim that was launched on the outgoing Fiesta as a replacement for the Zetec S. Like the current ST-Line, the new model is expected to combine sporty looks with low running costs to appeal to young drivers.
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Unsurprisingly, the new Fiesta appears to take an evolutionary approach to design. But when the current model has been such a winning formula for Ford, it’d be a bold move to make any dramatic changes.
Despite being largely unchanged for eight years, the Ford Fiesta continues to account for around 5% of all new car registrations in the UK. That makes it easily the UK’s best-selling car, ahead of the Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Focus.
The new model bears more than a passing resemblance to the bigger Focus, with new headlights and a gaping front grille.
Technical specifications are yet to be revealed, but expect a similar line-up of engines to those currently found in the Fiesta – including 1.6-litre turbodiesel TDCi units, and a choice of 1.0-litre petrol Ecoboosts.
With the Fiesta moving upmarket to make room for the recently-launched five-door Ka+ model, expect to see a sporty ST model and perhaps even a luxurious Vignale.
We’ll be reporting live as Ford reveals more about the new Fiesta at its unveiling this evening.