Ford Developing Fiesta-Based Crossover for European Market

The Fiesta family is about to grow. AutoExpress reports that Ford has a Fiesta-based crossover in the works, designed to square off against the Nissan Juke. Test mules of the vehicle have been spotted all over Europe, perhaps indicating that the car is almost ready for its anticipated Geneva Motor Show debut in March 2012.

Styling inspiration will come from the Vertek concept that bowed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, with a unique hood and front end, bulging fenders, and headlights similar to those on the concept. Overall, the car will be larger, riding on a stretched Fiesta chassis with a wider track. AutoExpress believes that ample ground clearance will give the crossover the off-road edge over the Juke, but believes the crossover Fiesta’s main competitor will be a small off-roader from Vauxhall set to hit the UK market next year.

Don’t expect the new crossover to stray too far from the current Fiesta in the design department, as Ford doesn’t plan to change course with its styling until the next-generation car launches. A Ford spokesperson told AutoExpress, “Until an all-new Fiesta arrives, everything that comes out on that platform will share the same Kinetic design language.”

Engines will include a range of gasoline and diesel power plants, most likely including a couple EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinders, and possibly even the 1.6-liter turbo I-4 from the Euro-market Focus. A new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine with 90 hp could also make it into the new crossover, along with a hybrid drivetrain based on tech from the C-Max. Whether or not a hybrid version is on the way, Auto Express says all models are likely to come standard with start-stop tech.

As for pricing, AutoExpress says the new crossover will start at 16,000 GBP (roughly $26,140). While that may sound like a lot, it’s right on the money for a UK-market Juke competitor.

There’s currently no word on what name the vehicle will go by, or if it will make it across the pond, but you can expect more details to pour out once auto show season rolls around. They say that competition improves the breed, so adding another tiny crossover to the market can’t be a bad thing.

Source: Auto Express

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