Our spy photographers have caught Ford testing its Fiesta-based crossover before. This time, however, the air is a bit thinner and the camo-clad vehicle is sitting up a little bit higher. The vehicle that appears to be the future Ford Fiesta CUV was spotted chugging into the Monster's den that is Pike's Peak.

While it's still a quite heavy on the camouflage, we can predict that this compact soft-roader will utilize the same powertrains found under the bodywork of the Fiesta. Hopefully there's a punched-up optional engine available as well, to cope with a potential four-wheel-drive variant. Can you say Fiesta EcoBoost crossover? We sure can, and we hope Ford does as well.


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      Luc Helterbrand
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love that they camo'd the wheels. really guys? wow those things are top secret!
      Felipe Politano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Actually, it has been confirmed by some media outlets that the new crossover will carry the name ECOSPORT when sold in global markets. It's the same name used by a small crossover built upon the last generation Fiesta, built in Brazil and developed by Ford of Brazil for brazilian tastes and [low] quality standards. Its frame was heavily based on the european Ford Fusion, not at all related to the american Fusion, but another small crossover with more mini-minivan-ish proportions. The Ecosport has been the bestselling crossover in Brazil and a huge sales succes across South America for the last 8 years or so, but now Ford wants it to be a global model, so there we have it. Being affordable is a big part of the deal: it sells for only US$25,000, which sounds like a whole lot of money, but is a steal for almost half of a Toyota RAV4. On a side note: long before the EcoBoost was created, Ford first tried the 'downsizing' thing on the original Ecosport, way back in 2003... with a supercharged 1.0 liter engine, producing 95hp. Consumers did not embrace the idea, so the Ecosport soldiered on sporting only the 1.6L [115hp] and 2.0L [147hp] engines with flex fuel technology.
      Gnarles2
      • 3 Years Ago
      This may be my next car if it looks like I think it will. A really small CUV is exactly what I want but there is nothing available. Hopefully more manufacturers will follow suit.
        alan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gnarles2
        Fiat will be coming out with a small CUV next year, I believe to be first shown at the Frankfurt show. It'll be called the 500, but it'll be 4 doors and on a larger platform. We're definitely getting it and it's scheduled for the States in 2013.
        sharifuzzaman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gnarles2
        what about the MINI Cooper Countryman?
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sharifuzzaman
          get online and price one out.....WOWZERS......
          TahsinZ
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sharifuzzaman
          Dean, that's very true. In which case, the Nissan Juke would be among the most affordable mini-CUVs, so long as you can mind the exterior...
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sharifuzzaman
          Tahsinz....Juke exterior for sure, me, Im not a fan...and Ive heard mileage can be horrible....
      Woodycarsite
      • 3 Years Ago
      Time for a Soul AWD model, maybe with the next gen in 2 years? It could be built on the Hyundai Curb, which goes against the Fiesta CUV (above) and Juke. Still, the Mazda CX-5 is worth a look for its MPGs!
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      NO MORE CUVS!!!!!!
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ed
        Ed: "I don't like them, therefore, no one should have them! Buahahhahahahahaahahaha!" (wrings hands evilly)
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can I just get the turbo and AWD without the ridiculous lift?
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much you wanna bet any hoped up turbo motor will be only available with the 2WD setup? How much you wanna bet the manual transmission will only be available on the 2WD vehicle? Ford loves to put forth extra effort to make sure they don't accidentally make something fun now.....
      Tom Cottage
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good but I think we need a Fiesta RS car with AWD!
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom Cottage
        Evo IX owner here and if they produced a really upscale 300-350hp full-time AWD 3300lb car with at least a rear LSD and a manual transmission I'd probably jump ship. I absolutely love my Evo IX but hate the new X and feel like Subaru's are a pain to work on. I want another I4 option with a twinscroll manifold and proper turbo plumbing. Unlike a Subaru, I can pull the head or remove my spark plugs in a few minutes and be smooth sailing. The Boxer motor is definitely not for me and Ford really could step in here and provide a nice lightweight AWD Turbo car. Lately it seems they are really wimping out by planning another FWD Torque-Steering Focus RS. They also skipped town on the Taurus SHO with the lack of a manual trans. No manual trans in any pickup truck now until the F-250 with under 20mpg and it's so tall it won't fit in a normal sized 2 stall garage without clipping the roof. FAIL FAIL FAIL. Loved my 32 valve Cobras over the years.... don't get me wrong. As a true enthusiast they have left me out in left field though. I can't even get a manual in the freaking F-150 Raptor enthusiast truck.... The new Mustangs are nice but little else in the lineup is. They really need an Evo for me to buy so I finally have another option and something domestic again. Bonus points: * Active center differential. * No torque limiting whatsoever in 1st gear. (indicates quality heavy duty drivetrain parts) * Front LSD. * Stock 2-Step rev limiter. * Available Ford Racing After-Market Tuning Software (you know people will modify the ECU, help them do it safely) I'll pay 40K all day long. Build it.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Cars that you cannot, or, cannot easily remove the spark plugs, are nonsense. I don't want to sound like an old fart, but some things I like to look at myself.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Acid...how many Evos are sold a year? probably enough to just keep the ludicrous Tailpipe crowd happy. Youll pay 40k, so will how many others?.....this car will be TINY in comparison with the FUSION sized EVO, will probably get 180 ho with a 1.6 eco engine and a passive AWD. All for lets say $25k with leather etc. And you want to know what...it makes a better business case than a "niche" Mitzubishi and will probably outsell it 20 to one. Oh, and PS...have you driven the RS Focus?...because you sure have a fixed opinion.....
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Carlos
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Kuga is a different car, one position above this one on the Ford lineup.
      brunswick90210
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wonder how this will fit in with the 2013 Escape. I suppose this would be smaller and less-SUV.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brunswick90210
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          Dane Grant
          • 3 Years Ago
          You had the Maverick, which was a re-badged Escape... They (Ford) was smart to replace it with the Kuga...
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brunswick90210
        Escape, vertek is a class larger, Escape is to this what the Focus is to the fiesta, if you get my drift
      MASONA
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im dying for more selection in the small suv market. My car for the last 8 years has been a tdi jetta. I just want a slightly bigger and raised up version of it. Sportage is a good option, but I'd like more to choose from
        Carlos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MASONA
        You should go for the bigger Ford Kuga then. This future EcoSport/Fiesta SUV is a B-segment car. It looks like you're looking for a C-segment.
          onewayroll
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos
          @ The US is getting the Kuga, although it may be called the Escape.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos
          The US doesn't get the Kuga...
          Juffinstuff
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos
          The Kuga will be called the new Escape in the US
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounds interesting but I would also like to see an AWD Ecoboost Fiesta SVT done up rally style.
        Dean Hammond
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        theres an ST Fiesta in the development stage...FWD only...eco 1.6.....AWD adds too much to the overall cost vs return and also curbweight...and dont poo poo FWD till youve driven a vehicle with 180hp and this little curbweight ( speaking about the fiesta ).....now THIS vehicle could be intriguing with the same drivetrain as a cheaper Countryman competitor....after all, it will probably be 7-8k cheaper than the Mini....
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Yeah. I know about the ST. I was thinking about something to slot above it.
          AcidTonic
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Yeah, I Own an Evo IX. I've driven it through rain,shine, and snow. Nothing compares to the Full-Time AWD. At all. Period. Go home. The first time you crack off 0-60 in under 5 seconds in the pouring down rain is when you realize these cars are just more serious than most automakers care to build for the public. Modes for Tarmac, Gravel, Snow. Even on street tires it will embarrass a FWD car in the snow. 400hp + 3250lbs + Full-Time AWD. Fun to drive in any situation and a rather amazing daily driver. Go do that with your Mustang.
          Dean Hammond
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Making 11.....price would be too steep......
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