Ford Testing Fiesta Based India bound SUV


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Ford India’s President and MD, Mr Michael Boneham has said time and again that the company plans to launch as many as eight new products by 2015. While it may be difficult to list down all of them, the new Fiesta, the new Endeavour and the new Mondeo can almost be considered as a certainty.

Apart from all these cars, another strong contender to make it to the India shores may be a totally new, under development car. It’s a Ford Fiesta based SUV, based on the American carmaker’s global B platform, which is currently undergoing extensive testing, has been spotted many times and looks like an apt option for the conditions prevailing in the Indian subcontinent.
The new SUV would essentially be based on the Fiesta’s skeleton only. It will share wheelbase and several components with the car, It will, however be taller with more ground clearance and substantially more cabin space than the Fiesta. The SUV will share critical design elements such as the fascia, bonnet and side creases with the Fiesta and will clearly be related with the sedan visually. It would almost be like a slightly bigger and higher Fiesta hatch, caught testing several times in Chennai.
Engine options too will be similar, with a 1.6-liter petrol, and a 1.6-liter diesel propelling the compact SUV. The engines, however, may be in a slightly different state of tune to suit the weight and the body type.
The car looks ready to make its first public debut, and should make an appearance in one of the auto shows this year. Expect the new machine to hit the international market in mid 2012, and India a few more months later.
The SUV has been caught several time doing the rounds in European countries for cold weather testing. A video of the new SUV has also emerged lately on the scene. Have a look. Sources:
Words: Motoroids
Video: Autoblog.com.ar

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This is interesting , looking more like an overgrown hatch!


I am thinking at which segment this will be placed , will it target the Yeti with all bells and whistles or will it be something like the under testing mini-Xylo?
 
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I wish this comes in sooner, also if Ford does the pricing as that they did with Figo. Oh man Ford would certainly be a leader in SUV segment. Now its high time that the Endevour is phased off (Personal opinion).
 
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I seriously hope Ford will set the pricing right like the Figo for this car. Else, it will be yet another sad Fusion story.

Looking forward to more info on this eagerly!
 
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if the pricing is spot on and performance similar to figo, ford will have another winner in its stable.hope it will be in the rio/ mini xylo category.
 
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Fiesta costs 10 lakh on-road

And you expect the SUV based on it to cost 5 lakh? [shock]
 
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I think its the fiesta hatch with more ground clearance or with 4 wd.It may be priced just below the sedan.This is done so than its not called hatchback at a high premium price.Good work ford.
 
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The new SUV would essentially be based on the Fiesta’s skeleton only. It will share wheelbase and several components with the car, It will, however be taller with more ground clearance and substantially more cabin space than the Fiesta. The SUV will share critical design elements such as the fascia, bonnet and side creases with the Fiesta and will clearly be related with the sedan visually. It would almost be like a slightly bigger and higher Fiesta hatch, caught testing several times in Chennai.
guys honestly its not looking good imho. better they launch fiesta hatch and provide option for big tyre upgrades so that people can choose from either fiesta hatch or suv!! :lol!:
 
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Well its not looking bad , okay to me!


But now on what basis this is called an SUV? Will this have 4X4 atleast? Its pointless to put a hatch on bigger wheels and call it an SUV!
 
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