From the front we can see there's going to be a very aggressive front bumper set for the production model. The example on this test mule does seem a bit strange though as it incorporates a large central fascia mould, covering up the Ford badge and grille design. But as per previous shots, we already have a pretty good idea of what the front end will look like.
The front end may also incorporate LED lights behind the plastic mould on this particular test car, which will feature on the production model in accordance with new European design rules. This test car also appears to be wearing a new set of alloy wheels, unseen on previous spy shots, which could be the wheels that will feature on the production model next year.
Providing power for the new model is likely to be a 1.6-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing around 140-150kW of power. The engine will help the car sprint from 0-100km/h in around the six-second range, rivalling the likes of the Volkswagen Polo GTI and the Renualt Clio RS 200.
Even though it is yet to be confirmed, the 2012 Ford Fiesta ST is expected to be unveiled in full at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September. We look forward to providing all the coverage.