By on September 6, 2010

Via Autocar come these pictures of a jacked-up Fiesta variant undergoing development testing. Rumors of a Fiesta-based MPV have been rampant, as European competitors have been bombarding the B-segment with bigger, and/or butched-up new models like Kia’s Venga (and it’s forthcoming sibling, the Hyundai ix20), Opel’s suicide-doored Meriva, Toyota’s Verso S,and VW’s PoloCross. Ford’s Fiesta-based entry could resemble the brand’s Iosis-Max concept, and it will probably be built in Romania. Based on the dearth of camouflage, we’d also guess it’s going for the “butch” more than the “big” section of the B segment. Needless to say, it’s unlikely to ever arrive in the US, where the idea of taking a B-segment hatch into the dirt occurs only to the desperately  unwell.

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6 Comments on “What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Four-Season Fiesta Edition...”

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    Based on the “wood” blocks on the roof and the strips of velcro tape, one across the hood, and another just aft of the wood blocks, I’d say that this car was previously sporting some camoflague intended to change the contours of the front clip and the rear overhang… most likey to ape a different body style… I’m of the opinion that this is a drive-train/chassis development mule and that at some point we may see a significantly different body …

    Another thought … since the old Brazilian BV226 has made an appearance in India (but not under the Fusion name), it could also be that the car pictured here is the update for the Brazilian model…

    EDIT: Speaking of Br, this car, in form and package, can’t help remind me of the still-born Smart ForMore AWD sedan which had it’s plug pulled very shortly before production launch in Br.

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    CrossPolo, not PoloCross — like CrossTouran and CrossFox.

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    It isn’t uncommon to use “mules” as platforms for other vehicle tests.  The bodies are usually significantly different on the “real” vehicle.

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    “The Autocar Company is a Hagerstown, Indiana specialist manufacturer of cabover vocational trucks, mainly for refuse applications. Started in 1899 in Ardmore, Pennsylvania as a manufacturer of Brass Era automobiles, and from 1907, trucks. The last cars were produced in 1912, but the company continued as a truck maker until 1953 when they were taken over by the White Motor Company. White was taken over in turn by Volvo Trucks in 1980 with Autocar continuing as a division. In 2001, it was sold to Grand Vehicle Works Holdings, which continues to use the brand name for their line of trucks.”

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    I wouldn’t be surprised if Ford released an updated Fusion at some point… no… not THAT Fusion… it’s a lucrative market… people who want the elevated view and the perceived go-anywhere abilities (note: perceived) of SUVs without the high entry price or fuel bills…

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    Like the new Kia Sportage, I believe the term “cuteasaurus” applies to this mule.

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