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Ford Fiesta EcoSport – the Fiesta SUV / Crossover

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0800

Ford Fiesta EcoSport as it appeared on Ford's India website

Ford appears to have accidentally posted the first details of a new Ford Fiesta EcoSport SUV on their Indian web site.

We’ve known for a while that Ford are working on an SUV / Crossover version of the Fiesta. Over a year ago we saw spy photos of a Fiesta Crossover, a high-riding version of Ford’s perennial compact car. And now we see the first news of the compact SUV pop up on Ford’s web site in India as the Fiesta EcoSport.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that the Fiesta EcoSport is a Ford designed just for emerging markets, built in India and exported from there. But it also seems likely this is concrete news of the high-riding Fiesta designed to take the fight to cars like Nissan’s Juke, even if it comes with a different name in Europe.

India’s Autoblog are reporting the screen captures you see above of the EcoSport which briefly appeared on Ford’s website in India. They show what we expect – a high-riding Fiesta – and if Ford are starting to populate their web site with details – even if accidentally – the EcoSport must be close to being revealed.

It looks like the EcoSport is going to come with Ford’s new 1.0 litre Ecoboost 3-pot lump due in the Focus next year, which promises the performance of a 1.6 litre petrol engine but with hugely improved emissions and economy. Also on offer is likely to be Ford’s 1.6 litre diesel lump already found in the Fiesta.

The Fiesta EcoSport is expected to debut at India’s Auto Expo in January 2012.

Source: India Auto Blog

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