New 2021 Ford Fiesta facelift caught on camera with less camouflage

Ford readies updated Fiesta supermini for 2021 reveal as testing commences

Our photographers have captured more images of the soon-to-be-revealed updated Ford Fiesta supermini wearing less camouflage than ever before.

The current Ford Fiesta has been on sale since 2017, with a typical model’s lifecycle meaning an update is imminent; the Blue Oval is readying a refreshed version of its hit supermini for an imminent debut in 2021.

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Captured here in sporty ST-Line guise, as well as entry-level trim, these test cars wear a light disguise to conceal the revised front end styling of the upcoming facelifted model. 

Even so, the ST-Line’s resculpted front bumper vents are visible, along with a new honeycomb mesh for the front grille. The headlight clusters have also been refreshed, featuring a new LED running light signature.

The headlights of the entry-level car have also been redesigned, and the lower front bumper has been given a tweak. For both models, changes will be more subtle at the rear, which appears almost entirely unchanged. 

ST-Line trim will feature new, darkened tail-lights, however, with the roof spoiler and sporty rear bumper of the current car being carried over.

We expect few changes inside, too. These development cars appear to retain the existing eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, although it’s thought that some models will receive the fully digital dashboard found in the brand’s Fiesta-based Puma compact SUV. Other updates will likely extend to new trim pieces and upholstery choices.

Last year, Ford axed the diesel-powered Fiesta and unveiled a pair of new powertrain options, borrowed from the Puma. Both use a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine featuring 48-volt mild-hybrid tech, which provides a small boost in performance and efficiency. 

The mild-hybrid variant is available with either 123bhp or 153bhp form, and will probably sit alongside the conventional petrol units of the current range. 

This includes an entry-level, naturally aspirated 1.1-litre motor with 74bhp, and a non-hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbo unit with 94bhp. All will be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, although hybrid Fiestas will be available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

We recently spied the upcoming, facelifted Ford Fiesta Active, featuring a raised ride height and rugged plastic body cladding. The Active will adopt the same powertrain options and subtle styling alterations as the standard hatchback, while commanding a small premium. 

Ford is expected to reveal the refreshed Fiesta before the end of the year, with sales commencing in late 2021 before deliveries in 2022.

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