Hot hatch fans will be delighted to learn that the replacement of the much-loved Ford Fiesta ST will be unveiled on February 24, ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The Blue Oval has released a new teaser video in anticipation of the reveal, showing a development mule racing a bicycle through the Cologne plant.

From the looks of things, the car shown doesn’t look all that different from the ST Line version of the standard Fiesta, with the exception of multi-spoke alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes. However, the exterior styling of the production version will likely become more aggressive, much like the current ST.

The video also shows a five-door model, which means that a more-door version will almost certainly be offered from launch, alongside the usual three-door. This contrasts with the current car, which was sold in most of the world in three-door form only (the United States received a five-door model exclusively) for much of its lifecycle, with the five-door only added in Europe last year.

Reports suggest that the new ST could ditch the 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder engine for a 1.0 litre three-pot version from the Fiesta EcoBoost. Whatever the engine ends up being, expect outputs to better the current car’s 182 PS and 240 Nm – Ford has already pushed it to 200 PS and 290 Nm with the ST200. As before, drive should be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

It’ll have a mountain of expectations to climb, this car. The current ST was probably the most lauded car in the world when it was unveiled in 2013, and although it did not win our hot hatch shootout outright two years ago, it was roundly praised for being the best to drive – all but one of us at the time put the ST on our Top Five list that year.

SPYSHOTS: 2017 Ford Fiesta ST