The Ford Fiesta is to receive a major overhaul and be relaunched with a striking new look, according to reports.
Auto Express claims that it has spoken to Ford insiders who describe the new model as "the most spectacular looking small car the firm has ever built".
The new Fiesta, which will be built in Cologne, Germany and engineered alongside the upcoming Mazda2, will sport a bold new look and be wider, longer and more spacious than the current model.
A range of innovations are expected to be incorporated into the new car, including the Sync system, which has emerged through a deal between Ford and Microsoft and will offer drivers mp3 and Bluetooth connectivity.
Five engines, two diesel and three petrol, ranging from 1.3 to 1.8 litres, will be available in the new range, while safety features such as front, head and side airbags, electronic brake force distribution and traction control will also be incorporated, according to Auto Express.
Ford’s plans are not thought to end with the new Fiesta, however, as the new model is reportedly being seen as the centre of a much broader action plan for the company’s small car line-up.
The manufacturer is believed to be looking to compete with the likes of the Skoda Roomster and the Nissan Note in the supermini market.