The next-generation Ford Fiesta three-door hatch has been spied for the first time undergoing testing on public roads.
Compared to the five-door hatches that have been already spied in both regular and ST guises, the new three-door seems to feature the same front end design, with the tailgate and tail-lights carried as well.
The major differences are visible along the sides, where the three-door features a different window line, significantly larger doors, and a relocated B-pillar.
During the new three-door Fiesta's lifetime, it will fight in a less crowded field than its forebears, with many manufacturers culling three-door hatchback variants from their lineups as models are redesigned.
Under the bonnet, both the three- and five-door Fiesta will be offered with a selection of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
To accommodate the larger new-to-Europe Ka, the next-generation Fiesta will grow in size. Additionally, reports indicate that the new Fiesta will be positioned a little further upmarket and pitched against the Volkswagen Polo.
To that end, the interior is said to have better materials, while upscale variants should be available with the company's latest Sync 3 infotainment and navigation system.
Given that the current car made its debut way back in 2008, the next-generation Fiesta is likely to debut either late this year or early next.
In all likelihood, the next-generation Fiesta will be sold in Australia primarily as a five-door hatch. If the three-door does make its way down under, it will likely be restricted to sports variants, such as the turbocharged ST.