Caught: Ford Fiesta-Based Crossover Testing in Europe

Small crossovers are all the rage in Europe, so it's not exactly too surprising to learn that Ford may be readying such a vehicle, based largely upon the mechanicals of its (new to the U.S.) Fiesta.

The folks at Motor Trend recently managed to snap photos of a development mule undergoing testing. Although the modified Fiesta body is not indicative of the finished product, it does give some insight into what's up Ford's sleeves. It's readily apparent that the suspension has been raised and larger wheels fitted, and the weights bolted to the top of the hatch will likely help replicate a taller roofline.

This isn't the first time Ford's crafted mini-SUVs from its global B-segment wonder. Currently, the fifth-generation Fiesta platform underpins the European Fusion crossover (not to be confused with the North American sedan), along with the Brazilian EcoSport model. Both vehicles are offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive forms; we wouldn't be surprised if Ford is wrenching on a front-wheel-drive variant of the current platform.

Given the age of both the Fusion (eight years) and EcoSport (six years), Ford could be moving to replace both models, but we wouldn't be surprised if the crossover spied here is destined only for Europe. Ford may have an easier time selling the extra cost and content tied to the sixth-generation crossover in Europe than in Brazil, where it continues to offer facelifted variants of the last car as an affordable alternative.

Source: Motor Trend

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