A mysterious new Ford Fiesta SUV has been spotted testing in a camouflage wrap. It could be the replacement for the Ford EcoSport, meaning it would sit above the Fiesta Active in the line-up. The EcoSport’s styling could be replaced with a design that’s more similar to the Fiesta.
Although the camouflage wrap and body mouldings do a good job of hiding the car’s features, it’s clear to see that the headlights will sit high, either side of a large grille. In profile, the car is less boxy than the EcoSport, but it still looks chunky and SUV-like. That’s due to the tall body and wider wheel arches, which are likely to have rugged-looking black plastic cladding.
This new Ford small SUV appears to be longer than the Fiesta, so it should be more spacious in the rear seats and boot. Speaking of which, the tailgate will swing up when opened, instead of the EcoSport’s out-swinging barn door.
It’s likely that the Fiesta SUV will be available in a few different trim levels. Just like the EcoSport, expect these to be Zetec, Titanium and ST-Line. However, if the Fiesta’s line-up is anything to go by, B&O Play special editions and a luxurious Vignale version could also be available.
Although nothing is confirmed yet, we expect the Fiesta SUV to come with many of the same engines that you can choose in the Fiesta. Most popular will be the 1.0 EcoBoost engine (which is currently available in 100hp, 125hp and 140hp guises), while a 1.5 diesel engine may also be offered. In time, a hybrid version should also join the range.
A six-speed manual gearbox will be the default choice for most cars, although an automatic gearbox is likely to be offered at extra cost and a five-speed manual may be used on entry-level models. The top-spec version could come with four-wheel-drive for peace of mind in poor conditions.
Judging by the amount of camouflage on this pre-production car, it’s likely that the new Fiesta SUV won’t be available to buy until the end of 2020 at the earliest. You should be able to buy it from around £18,000 – a similar price to the EcoSport – but we’ll reveal more details when we get them.
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