Ford first launched the EcoSport sub-4 meter compact SUV globally in 2012, and in India during 2013. The sub-4 meter offering has been one of Ford India’s biggest hits ever, and has recently received a facelift, which will give it another 3-4 years of additional time in its lifecycle. Come 2020-21, Ford is expected to launch an all-new, second generation EcoSport globally. Here is a glimpse at what the second generation Ford EcoSport could look like by means of a render made by Kleber Silva, an automotive illustrator. The second generation Ford EcoSport render is based on the Changan CS35, a Chinese SUV.
As per the render, the next-generation Ford EcoSport gets design cues from the large Kuga SUV, which is also due for a replacement soon. Considering this fact, we expect the new Ford EcoSport to get a slew of changes, making it a lot modern than the Kuga, which is already looking dated. Hence, the new Ford EcoSport is likely to look a lot more sharper than what the render indicates. Speculation is rife that the new Ford EcoSport will also be larger and longer than the current version, which has a sub-4 meter footprint. However, this aspect could be true only for international markets and the India-spec version is likely to continue ducking under the 4 meter length to avail duty benefits.
Major mechanical changes are likely on the new EcoSport with a petrol engine coming to the forefront thanks to tightening emissions. Ford is expected to lower its reliance on the 1.5 litre TDCI turbocharged diesel motor, an old school engine that runs on a fixed geometry turbocharger, an 8 valve head and a single overhead camshaft. Instead of developing a new diesel engine, Ford is likely to opt for a hybrid petrol option along with turbocharging to meet emission norms and keep fuel efficiency high. The new EcoSport could be developed in association with Mahindra, with whom Ford is close to signing a major joint venture that will see both automakers collaborating for a range of future SUVs.