19 November 2007

Four-door Fiesta heads east

Ford unveils Verve saloon in China, but it's not coming over here

Ford Fiesta

Ford has revealed the second in its trilogy of Verve concepts, and this time it's a four-door that points to the design of the next generation Fiesta saloon.

We saw the handsome little three-door back in Frankfurt, but this bigger variant has been unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in China.

That's because the saloon Fiesta will likely be an Asia-only model - we in Europe will instead get the three- and five-door hatches. It's an indication of just how seriously the big manufacturers are taking the emerging markets in the Far East.

Ford is calling the four-door Verve a 'notchback', a term we'd more commonly associated with classic three-box saloons, whereas this is a far more flowing, curvaceous design. From the B-pillar forward it's identical to the three-door Verve, but adds a Mondeo-style rear end with high-mounted two-piece taillights.

The frameless doors won't make it to production - and we can't imagine those 20-inch 12-spokes coming as standard - but Ford says the four-door gives 'an advanced indication' of its design philosophy.

The final instalment in the Verve trilogy - likely a taller, mini-SUV concept - will be revealed at the Detroit show in January.

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