The next-generation Ford Fiesta ST has been spotted testing for the first time ahead of a potential launch in 2018.
The pictures of the new hot hatchback show it is very similar to the standard Fiesta - which has also been spotted testing - but bigger alloys and uprated brakes can be seen, as well as a large intercooler at the front.
The model will stay front-wheel drive, but these pictures show a five-door model, which would be a first for the hot Fiesta in the UK. A five-door version is on sale in the US, so it looks like this new model has been designed to fit closely to the Blue Oval's 'One Ford' policy to streamline its models for different markets. It is not yet clear, however, whether the UK would still get a three-door variant for the next generation.
Likewise, the 'One Ford' policy could see the manufacturer introduce an automatic gearbox to the Fiesta range for the first time to help it appeal to a wider audience, but a six-speed manual transmission is expected to be offered as standard.