A spare wheel on the tail gate is quintessentially SUV, and is a styling feature that has been used and reused to make SUVs look more butch. Why, even a raised hatchback such as the Avventura jumped straight into the crossover territory with the addition of a spare wheel on the tail gate. However, Ford seems to be taking the opposite direction in Europe, where the EcoSport crossover has been spotted testing minus the spare wheel mounted on its tail gate. The revised EcoSport is also likely to feature a mid life facelift as the crossover will turn two next year.
The redesign for the EcoSport’s derriere comes after European buyers have criticized the crossover’s styling at the rear, which is said to have prompted Ford to drop the spare wheel from the tail gate of the vehicle. The spare wheel is likely to be accommodated inside the boot of the SUV, which could invariable take up luggage space. It remains to be seen whether the styling changes on the EcoSport would be limited to the European market or if it would reflect on the crossover sold globally, in markets such as India, China and South America.
Apart from the revised tail gate, the EcoSport Facelift is likely to get other styling changes and feature revisions. In India, Ford offers the EcoSport with three engine options – 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol and turbo diesel engines, and a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol engine. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard on all three engines with the 1.5 liter naturally aspirated petrol motor also gaining a 6 speed, twin clutch automatic gearbox. All EcoSport crossovers sold in India are front wheel driven. The EcoSport is Ford India’s best selling product, with monthly sales close to 5,000 units. Ford also exports this crossover from India.
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