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Spy shots of next-generation Ford Fiesta revealed

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As Britain's best-selling car, any updates to the Ford Fiesta constitute important news. A new model Fiesta is due in 2017 and has been spotted out on test.

The current model Ford Fiesta has been on the road since 2008, albeit in updated form since 2013, which in automotive terms means that it's starting to look a little grey around the temples after what will, by the time it is replaced, have been nine years on sale. The next generation model is anticipated in 2017 and a test mule has recently been spotted out and about.

Any new Fiesta has a lot to live up to. Not only its super successful predecessors but also some challenging competition in the all-important supermini sector. The Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo are both fresh looking, spacious and full of interesting new technology of the kind that used to be reserved for larger and more expensive cars. It's crucial for Ford to get this update right.

Ford Fiesta test mule

The next Fiesta was originally spotted out on test together with the forthcoming Focus RS back in March, sporting a modified chassis under its usual coat and boots. The recent test mule also reveals, disappointingly and despite a heavy disguise, essentially what appears to be the old body plonked onto the new chassis - again. A new design grille and air intake is just about visible at the front end and the track looks a little wider and perhaps a little longer too. This would make sense as Ford is planning a sector-spanning Ka Plus for next year, and the next generation Fiesta may gain a little girth in order to create extra differentiation between the models.

A little expansion is probably also necessary in order to keep up with the way in which other cars in the supermini class are developing. The Honda Jazz, Mazda2 and Renault Clio, for example, have also grown over the years and are now all larger than the current model Fiesta. One of the few criticisms of the Fiesta has been that the boot is inadequate, a problem which the seventh generation looks set to remedy.

Visually the Fiesta is expected to follow the lead set by last year's updated Ford Focus.

What's under the bonnet?

Ford has yet to confirm technical details, but it would be reasonable to assume the presence of the award-winning EcoBoost engine range within the Fiesta line-up, together with the usual TDCis, plus a high performance ST model to top the range. Thus far speculation about a Fiesta RS has been firmly shut down by Ford, but it would be a surprise to see the company waste an opportunity like this. The Focus RS has customers salivating in anticipation and eager owners are flocking to Mountune to spec up their STs, so the demand is certainly there.

Having been in production since 1976, the Fiesta is not only the best-selling car of all time in Britain but also Ford's third most successful model ever after the Escort and the F-Series. The forthcoming new model will be the seventh generation of Fiesta from the blue oval stable, which sells more than 130,000 units of the supermini annually in the UK alone.

Ford has other models on its list for refurbishment, with a new Ford Escape in the US previewing the potential for an updated Kuga for Europe, having already announced new ST and Vignale editions of its smaller SUV. Meanwhile next year will see the arrival of a new Ford five door hatchback city car, possibly to be badged the Ka Plus.

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