Ford has the hard task to replace the current Fiesta with a brand new model that will hit the market in the first half of 2017. Currently, the Fiesta is the best-selling car in its class on the European market for fourth consecutive year with 313,610 sales in 2015, up by two percent compared with 2014.

That’s why the Blue oval will likely take the evolutionary approach, rather than creating a completely new model. The Fiesta will keep its Global B platform and will be only millimeters wider and longer than the current model.

In terms of design, expect to see the latest evolution of the company’s radiator grille, surrounded by sleeker headlights and a slightly more aggressive bumper, as seen in these renderings. Engineers will put big efforts in improving the interior quality by using higher-quality materials, while a larger display for the SYNC 3 infotainment system will replace the current tiny screen.

Power will be provided by an updated range of petrol and diesel engines, including the award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost. According to some reports, the 2017 Fiesta could drop its base four-cylinder petrol unit with 81 horsepower and switch exclusively to turbocharged three-cylinder motors.

Interestingly, rumors suggest Ford could launch a range-topping Fiesta carrying the Vignale badge. While the information is still pretty vague, European sales and marketing chief Roelant de Waard said “never say never on this,” when asked if a Fiesta Vignale is a possibility. “We sell expensive Fiestas and EcoSports, it may be true over time that the same thing happens and we realize there is more that we can offer. Size is not equal to luxury anymore.”


Gallery: 2017 Ford Fiesta rendering

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