One of the first sub-4 metre SUVs to be launched in India, the Ford EcoSport first entered the market in the year 2013. Five years later, in November 2017, the popular EcoSport subcompact SUV received its first major mid-lifecycle facelift taking a major leap in terms of styling, features and performance. Now, the American carmaker has begun working on the next-generation Ford EcoSport, which is expected to hit the markets sometime in the next couple of years.
Development of the new-gen Ford EcoSport has already commenced in Europe, and it was in January 2019 that an early prototype was spotted undergoing testing. In fact, based on the photos of the test mule, the next-generation Ford Ecosport appears to get an all-new design that looks nothing like the existing model which is on sale in our market. Ford has done away with the squared SUV looks and has given it more of a crossover appeal with cured edges and a more flowing silhouette.
In fact, now, the next-gen Ford EcoSport appears to be wider than the existing model and features a more coupe-SUV-like roof line. The bonnet appears to be even more muscular with pronounced muscular character lines and even the wheel arches have gained more muscle. Moreover, the window line rises towards the end and the character line on the side looks even sharper which gives the flanks a subtle concave sort of profile.
Moving to the rear, the missing spare wheel is the first thing we'll notice and that's welcoming now as the Ford Ecosport in our market has had the same rear end for the last six years. However, even the existing EcoSport sold in Europe doesn't come with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel, so the India-spec model could feature one.
Engine specifications are unknown at the moment, however, the newly introduced 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the dragon series is expected to continue being on offer, albeit in its Bharat Stage VI (BS6) avatar. There is a possibility that Ford may source a BS6 compliant 1.5-litre diesel engine from Mahindra following their alliance as Mahindra will be preparing the 1.5-litre motor to comply with the upcoming emission norms.