The new Ford Fiesta-based small SUV, which will replace the current generation EcoSport in the Ford’s range, has been spied testing for the first time.
A test mule of what is believed to be the next-generation Ford EcoSport has been spotted testing. It is likely to replace the current model in international markets sometime around 2020.
The test mule of the Fiesta-based compact SUV appears to be sporting a Fiesta bodyshell under the heavy camouflage. It has dummy headlights at the front with a front portion that resembles that of the European Fiesta hatchback. The rear is also similar to the current-gen Fiesta. However, the raised ride height hints it as being an SUV. Also, with the new EcoSport, Ford maybe looking at a more conventional crossover style rather than the controversial design of the existing model.
In Europe, the EcoSport is available with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options. However, Ford only offers the front-wheel-drive version in India. Engine options include a 1.5-litre petrol producing 121 BHP and 150 Nm of torque, a 1.5-litre diesel putting out 99 BHP and 205 Nm of torque and a 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol that develops 123 BHP and 170 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is offered as standard, while a 6-speed torque converter automatic is available with the petrol engine. The EcoBoost engine comes paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox. It is likely that in international markets, the EcoBoost ranges of engines will be carried over for the next-gen EcoSport with hybrid and all-electric powertrains also expected.
The EcoSport has done very well in India since its launch in 2013. Ford has updated the EcoSport quite a few times with the car receiving a comprehensive facelift in 2017 which saw significant interior and exterior changes with the option of a new Dragon petrol engine. The new 2020 EcoSport will also be a game changer in our market and we hope it is launched here.
Next Gen Ford EcoSport
– The Fiesta-based SUV likely to be the next EcoSport was spied testing for the first time
– Will carry over the EcoBoost range of engines with an addition of electric powertrains
– May come to India given the EcoSport’s huge popularity
Source – AutocarUK.com