The Ecosport is among the best selling vehicles for Ford in India. The subcompact SUV is long due for an update and Ford is working on an all-new version of the EcoSport. The car had been caught testing in Europe some time back which gave a glimpse of how the future Ecosport will look like. Going by the spy shots, it seems like the second-generation EcoSport will be quite different from the current version of the car. Now IAB’s illustrator Shoeb Kalania has come up with a rendering of the upcoming compact SUV which showcases its expected design.
The new Ecosport will be based on the Ford Fiesta platform and will sport a sleek design language on contrary to the butch looking design philosophy of the current Ford EcoSport. Going by the render, that seems to be true. The front end gets a more rounded design with less number of sleek lines and cuts. As it will be based on the Ford Fiesta, the same is reflected on the front fascia of the Ecosport too. The swept-back headlamps further hint towards this. The centre part is covered by a large trapezoidal grille, done in black. The bumper gets C-shaped cuts with round fog lamp housing set inside it. Moving to the sides, the lower body is draped with black cladding which seems to be running across the length of the body.
The shoulder-line hets a fair bit of muscle too and has a slight kink in between. The glass area is quite large too which ensures that the passengers have good visibility of the outside world and meanwhile the cabin feels airy. The side profile carries more of a crossover look rather than the butch SUV inspired look on the current generation car. The blacked out roof and stylish alloys further enhance the aesthetics of the new Ecosport. On a whole, the design transition showcased in this render may be taking a different turn than the current design but it doesn’t look bad for sure.
As of now, no factual details about the powertrain are out but it is expected that the all-new EcoSport will be continued to be powered by the 1.5-litre Dragon series engine which was introduced last year. The all-new three-cylinder engine is BS VI compliant. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine may also stay on the offer. However, it is expected that Ford may drop the 1.5-litre TDCI diesel engine from the line-up. With the emission norms getting tighter, the smaller diesel engines may not survive in the coming time. Expect Ford to launch the new generation Ford Ecosport in India by 2020, though the global debut will be made earlier.