The next-generation Ford Fiesta has been spotted testing ahead of its likely 2017 launch. These shots, which show a modified chassis testing mule based on the current Fiesta, were taken on public roads in Spain.
A revised front-end design reveals a new shape for the grille and air intakes. The rear of the prototype is also disguised, while the model appears to have a wider track than the current Fiesta, suggesting the seventh-generation car will be larger than today's hatchback. Ford is likely to take some styling inspiration for the new Fiesta from the facelifted Focus, which went on sale about a year ago.
The current sixth-generation Fiesta, which received a facelift in 2013 and was launched in 2007, will be due for replacement toward the end of 2016, meaning a 2017 launch is likely.
Officials have been quick to deny any rumors of a Fiesta RS, with Ford Performance Global Director Dave Pericak saying the company is more than happy with having the ST as its Fiesta range-topper.
“The ST plays a really important role in the portfolio, in that it provides our ability to many buyers,” he said at the Geneva Motor Show last March. “Could you do something with the ST? Of course. Should you do something with it? We’re pleased with where the ST is now, so not for the foreseeable future.”
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