Ford Fiesta-based small crossover in the works

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 6, 2010

Due to the impressive sales of the 2010 Fiesta, it appears that Ford is currently working on a Fiesta-based small crossover and spy photographers already caught the test mule on camera. The new car features the same body panels but, because it is a crossover, it comes with larger wheelarches as well as a raised ground clearance.

No details were released by the manufacturer, but we do know that the upcoming vehicle will take on cars such as the MINI Countryman and the Nissan Juke.

Regarding the design, this promises to be very close to the production version, but it is believed that it will borrow something from the bigger Ford Kuga.

Also, don’t rule out a sport version of the car: as you may now already MINI will introduce a John Cooper Works version of the Countryman and Ford might introduce a sport version of the Fiesta-based crossover.

Under the hood, the new car is expected to carry the fuel-efficient Eco Boost engines as well as a choice of two- and four-wheel drive variants.

The new car was confirmed by Ford’s executive vice-president for global manufacturing, John Fleming to AutoExpress, who said that “The vehicle that we will launch next year will be a small car. It will be a unique vehicle, not in the portfolio at the moment, and we will build approximately 150,000 annually.”

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