Auto Express is reporting that Ford plans to take the new Mazda2-derived Ford Fiesta into uncharted waters. They are apparently going to produce a baby ute off the platform, somewhat like the Suzuki SX-4. Ford already announced in Paris that it would be producing the Focus 4x4, which would mean practically the entire Euro lineup would have a CUV or "offroad" version.

Based on the same B2 platform that underpins the new Mazda 2, the new Fiesta is intended to be a true global car, and will likely see sales in the U.S. eventually. High fuel prices, registration fees, environmental concerns and the like have led the shift towards smaller vehicles, but adding the practicality and versatility of these mini CUVs offers buyers a choice.

Expect 1.3, 1.6 and 1.8-litre Duratec SCi direct injection gas engines, as well as 1.4 and 1.6 TDCi diesels. Traction and stability control and lots of airbags should be offered, as well. Look for the new Fiesta SUV some time in 2009. Follow the Read link for a rear shot.

[Source: Auto Express]

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