SCOOP! – This is the seventh generation Ford Fiesta

The seventh generation Ford Fiesta had so far been only spotted as a mule, but CarPix has managed to get the first images of the prototype of the final car. While it seems to be complete, giving hopes of a production presentation at the Paris Motor Show, it is way too early for the new B-segment hatchback to be officially revealed. We would expect it to appear at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show unless Ford wants to anticipate it in some way, as it has done with the Verve Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007.

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According to CarPix, the new generation Ford Fiesta will be slightly bigger in size in order to make room for the Ka+, designed in Brazil and produced in India for the European markets. What implies it will be also more expensive than the current model. Its platform possibly remains the same: the B Global, also named B1 or B2E.

The pictures, despite the disguise, show that the next Fiesta will be greatly inspired by the current Focus, with a sort of a step between the C column and the rear wheel arches, a design cue that is getting very common in B-segment models, such as the future Citroën C3. The tail lights have abandoned the vertical approach, which made them “invade” the upper part of the C columns, and are now horizontal, invading the tailgate instead. It is possible they can be seen extending along the wheel arches, as the ones from the current Ford Focus also do.

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Don’t be fooled by the black inserts on the front and rear bumpers: they are just part of the camo. In other words, the Fiesta will have much smaller overhangs than these pictures may lead you to believe. The front air intake still resembles the Aston Martin grille, but it is said to be more square. In the interior, the seventh generation Ford Fiesta will have a big touchscreen SYNC3 infotainment system in place of the current one.

Power will come from the current Ecoboost 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder unit and the much-anticipated RS version of the Fiesta may finally come up. That would be a good explanation for not having it in the 6th generation, which was deemed as a brilliant little car to drive. We hope the 7th generation also increases that feeling as much as size and price.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.