Spy-Shots of Cars

Our European spy photographers have caught a Ford Fiesta mule in mid-test once again – and with Ford officials already having made public that the Blue Oval has put the brakes on a possible Fiesta RS, this is very likely to be the next-generation of the supermini underneath.

Although still wearing the clothes of the current B299, it’s clear from the extended front and rear bumpers as well as the stretched wheel arches that the next Fiesta will be slightly larger all-round compared to its predecessor, presumably to address the current car’s lack of space inside. The air intake cutouts in front also suggest that the Aston Martin-style grille introduced on the facelift will be retained.

Expect the engine range to consist of turbocharged EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel mills, as Ford continues its move towards boosted engines. As with the current car, a warm ST variant should top the range at some point; an all-singing, all-dancing RS model is much less likely.

Spy-Shots of Cars

The new car can’t come soon enough – the sixth-gen Fiesta was launched way back in 2008, and despite the arrival of a facelift two years ago, it’s starting to struggle in a number of areas compared to its rivals.

Its interior, on some models still featuring a number pad in the centre reminiscent of old Nokia phones, is looking particularly dated; a comprehensive revamp like that seen on the facelifted Focus should do wonders here. Unfortunately, don’t expect the next Fiesta to see the light of day until at least 2017, by which time the current model will be a staggering nine years old.