It would not be wrong if we said that Ford EcoSport was the car that started the trend of sub-4 meter compact SUVs in the country. Following it’s footsteps many other manufacturers launched similar models which over the years increased the competition in the segment. It currently competes with cars like Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 in the segment. The EcoSport has remained more or less the same since its launch. Ford has been working on nex-generation EcoSport and the images of the upcoming SUV from Brazil has already been leaked on the internet.
From the images it looks nothing like the one that we currently have here in India. The SUV shape of the car has been redesigned completely and looks more like a crossover with smoother edges. The Grille at the front has been completely redesigned. The signature hexagonal shape is replaced with a much sober looking wide grille with redesigned headlights at both ends.
Bumper has been also redesigned bits of chrome and it houses what looks like an LED foglamp. From the side, EcoSport no more looks like an SUV. The roof is bit more lowered and is sloping towards the rear with integrated roof rails. The alloy wheels also get a new design. The rear gets a set of new LED tail lamps with a black band running between the lights with EcoSport written on it. Just like front, rear bumpers are also redesigned with silver skid plate at the bottom.
When the EcoSport comes to India we can expect some changes. It is a known fact that Mahindra and Ford are currently in a partnership. There is a possibility that the EcoSport meant for Indian market will be based on Mahindra XUV300 which is based on Ssanyong Tivoli platform. This will make the next-gen EcoSport more spacious on the inside. Not only the platform, Ford might also borrow the engines from the XUV300 as they’ll meet the upcoming emission norms in couple of months. If so, then the upcoming EcoSport will be powered by a 1.2L turbo petrol and a 1.5L turbo diesel engine. The next-gen EcoSport will make its way to Indian shores late in 2021 or early 2022.