The current-generation Ford EcoSport has done a lot of good to its American carmaker. However, the EcoSport, which got a rather comprehensive mid-cycle facelift last year, is now approaching the fag-end of its career. The good news is that the company has already started working on the next-generation model. The next version of the compact SUV was recently caught testing with a Fiesta body.
Ford using the Fiesta hatchback’s body on the next-gen EcoSport isn’t really a surprise as both the models are based on the same platform. On careful observation of these images, it can be noted that the next-gen model would have a slightly longer wheelbase. Even the rear-overhang is likely to get longer. Finer details on this aren’t available at the moment. However, it does look like the new model would be slightly larger. It may be noted here that the current-gen EcoSport, which measures 161.3 inches in length, has been criticized for its rather odd-ball proportions in the US-market. Hence, the carmaker could be planning a slightly larger replacement to enhance the small SUV’s appeal.
Also, a careful look at the images reveals a camouflaged portion near the car’s C-pillar. In all probability, Ford is planning a small window to aid in rear visibility. Currently, the EcoSport is available with two engine options in the US market – a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, turbo petrol engine with front-wheel drive layout, and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated petrol engine with all-wheel drive format. The motors come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The next-gen EcoSport will probably go on sale in the US market with the Fiesta’s new 1.6-liter, four-cylinder unit, and the current 2.0-liter motor. Speculations are rife that the new-gen Ford EcoSport would make its public debut at the Paris Auto show this year. An India launch looks very likely.