The next-generation Fiesta will be bigger than the model it replaces, and its development is well under way ahead of the car's planned launch next year

The next-generation Ford Fiesta has been spotted testing in the Alps, ahead of going on sale next year.

Latest spy pictures have shown a modified chassis testing mule based on the current Fiesta. Visually, this latest mule appears similar to earlier test vehicles.

A revised front-end design on the prototype reveals new shapes for the grille and air intakes for the next-gen car.

The rear is also disguised, and the car appears to have a wider track than the current Fiesta, suggesting the seventh-generation car will be larger than today's hatchback. The current Fiesta is 3969mm long and 1709mm wide, with a height of 1468mm.

Ford is expected to take some styling inspiration for the new Fiesta from the facelifted Focus, which went on sale in the UK in 2015.

The current sixth-generation Fiesta, which received a facelift in 2013 and was launched in 2008, will be due for replacement towards the end of this year, meaning a 2017 launch is likely.

The new Fiesta will have to keep pace with increasingly advanced rivals, such as Volkswagen’s Polo and the new Vauxhall Corsa, to retain its title of Britain's best-selling car.

Speaking to Autocar at the Detroit motor show, Ford's sales and marketing boss Stephen Odell said it “was in our interests to keep a car that is so well received fresh in its market”. Odell added that he was not concerned about the challenge of replacing such a successful car, as he backed the design and engineering teams to deliver.

“I remember when we launched the current car, the hand-wringing that went on as it was so different; could we even call it a Fiesta? But the car makes the name, not the name makes the car. It’s still a fantastic-looking car, I’m paid to say that but the sales back it up.”

Despite the growing provenance of the new Ford Performance division, officials have been quick to deny any rumours of a Fiesta RS, with Ford Performance director Dave Pericak saying the company is more than happy with having the ST, and the limited-edition ST200, as its Fiesta range-toppers.

Similarly, Odell wouldn't confirm or deny the existence of such a model, or indeed whether any other Ford other than the Focus would receive RS treatment, saying only that RS “was a really valuable brand” which had “an opportunity to keep it fresh”.

Cars such as the Focus RS, Mustang and GT are important for Ford, said Odell, due to the image boost they give the rest of the range.

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Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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17 March 2015

Is something of a record for a Fiesta, even the German big boys don't keep versions going that long, just look at the Golf 6-7 years if they're lucky. What's more by the 2017 it'll still be selling more in the UK than the Polo, Mazda 2, Ibitza etc.

 

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18 March 2015

The Fiesta is not an easy car to replace. It looks so good, even after all these years. So I presume they'll do a VW and make it very subtle. I hope they don't lose the sweetness of line the current one has. It'll be hard because they'll have to make it more spacious to compete.

One other thing they'll have to do is make it perform better in the small overlap crash test in the USA. I hope structural improvements apply across the globe though.

27 November 2015
androo wrote:

The Fiesta is not an easy car to replace. It looks so good, even after all these years.

Really? I've always steered well clear of it precisely because of the way it looks. I rather thought they face lifted the wrong end of it a few years ago, the messy rear end has always looked like that of an early 2000s kia Rio to me. And don't get me started on the Aston Martin gone wrong front end or the interior which looks like a branch of Dixon's from the 90s.

9 July 2015
xxxx wrote:

Is something of a record for a Fiesta, even the German big boys don't keep versions going that long, just look at the Golf 6-7 years if they're lucky. What's more by the 2017 it'll still be selling more in the UK than the Polo, Mazda 2, Ibitza etc.

Mk1 Fiesta - 1976 to 1989
Mk2 Fiesta - 1989 to 2002

The current car was only launched in late 2008 as a 2009 model. Its not even an adolescent yet!

26 November 2015
rickerby wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Is something of a record for a Fiesta, even the German big boys don't keep versions going that long, just look at the Golf 6-7 years if they're lucky. What's more by the 2017 it'll still be selling more in the UK than the Polo, Mazda 2, Ibitza etc.

Mk1 Fiesta - 1976 to 1989
Mk2 Fiesta - 1989 to 2002

The current car was only launched in late 2008 as a 2009 model. Its not even an adolescent yet!

Thought I better correct you. p.s. by 2017 the current fiesta will be in it's 10th year.

mk1 76-83
mk2 83-89
mk3 89-97
mk4 95-2002
mk5 2002-2008
mk6 2008 - present

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

17 March 2015

I thought the current one came out in 2009?

17 March 2015

Hmm, kinda; the current Ford Fiesta is a 2009 model year, but it was actually released in around mid-2008. Even after nearly seven years, it seems to have aged well, so I still like the look of it and it's still doing really well from what I've read and seen. So the future MK7 Fiesta has got a lot to live up to to better the current Mk6 one as well as improve on it.

17 March 2015

The first of this gen Fiesta were 58 models - I reckon it launched in October 08 because it was the big news at the last British Motor Show that Summer. Impressive that it's run for so long, particularly given that the previous model only enjoyed 6 years. Part of the success was, I think, that it looked so futuristic and stylish upon a rival, in a way that immediately made the Clio and 207 look frumpy. I hope Ford don't ruin the next model because it's a perfectly likeable little car.


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17 March 2015

Surely the next Fiesta won't take styling inspiration from the facelifted Focus? I doubt the next Fiesta will be as radical as the current one was, but the Focus is an older design modified to fit in with Ford's current look, so hardly a style you'd be looking to build on in 2 years time.

17 March 2015

The current Fiesta was launched in 2008 with its first public unveiling at the British motor show that year (same as the Insignia!). But even then, Ford's current cycle life is now generally around 7 years so the current model is staying around for a while yet, but the the current model still not only looks great but it's still a truly superb car and still top of the supermini tree. As for taking cues from the latest Focus, it's more like the other way around especially as the Focus came after the Fiesta, including facelifts, and was the last of the previous generations Fords that started off with the S-Max which started off kinetic design (and came to an end with the current Focus).

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