Just a few hours before the 2017 Ford Fiesta is supposed to make its debut in Cologne, Germany, an early "leaked" image gives us our first real look at the sleek new hatchback. Ford is calling its seventh-generation supermini the "most technologically advanced small car" to date.

On the front, the Fiesta gains a new fascia. The evolutionary look introduces softer, smaller headlights, and a more pronounced grille in line with that of its larger Focus sibling. Pictured here in ST-Line trim, it sits just below the full-on ST trim and alludes the performance version with 10-spoke alloy wheels and sporty bumpers and side skirts.

The new Fiesta seems to have grown slightly from the outgoing model as well, confirming previous rumors and spy shots, and will undoubtedly offer more cabin space than ever before. The interior will feature a more upmarket appeal with softer materials arranged in a more upscale design. It will all come paired with Ford's latest SYNC3 infotainment system.

As of right now technical specifications remain a mystery, but reports suggest Ford could ditch the naturally-aspirated 1.25-liter engine in place of a turbocharged unit. As for the top-of-the-range ST model, it's expected to get a more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that will produce just north of 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts). Even more enticing, the company will introduce a WRC challenger for 2017, which will come with a completely new aerodynamic package and even more downforce.

More details will be released when the Fiesta makes its official debut at 9:00PM CET (3:00PM EST) in Germany at Ford's special 'Go Further' event. The new Fiesta is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2017.

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