The next generation Ford EcoSport has been spotted frolicking in the snow.
Ford’s tiny SUV/Crossover only just recently came to North America, but the overgrown hatchback is actually a 2012 model on the global market. That means it’s getting pretty long in the tooth in terms of car lifespans, so the EcoSport is due for a refresh.
Spy photos from Autoblog reveal what is essentially a mutant Fiesta with enough plastic mockup to look like an EcoSport. We know it’s not a redesigned Fiesta simply because the tiny hatchback just got a redesign for the 2017 model year. However, the Fiesta and EcoSport are built on the same platform, so it’d be easy enough to test new features on the recent Fiesta.
But it also means that we know very little about what the new EcoSport will ultimately look like. It seems that the wheelbase is longer, and the car overall is somewhat sleeker, but the build could change drastically between now and the final version of the car.
A notable addition to the car is the small plastic triangle just past the C-pillar. It could be preparation for the rear door handle to be moved to that area, or it could be that the car will get a new window section to improve visibility.
We also have no idea what’s under the hood. The current version of the EcoSport comes with two engines, either a 1.0-L 3-cylinder connected to a FWD transmission or a 2.0-L inline 4-cylinder with AWD. The 1.0-L engine is certainly economical but generally considered underpowered for the North American market. If anything is going to change, it seems like that engine would go.
The most likely replacement is the current generation Fiesta’s 1.6-L inline 4-cylinder which produces a far more sprightly 120 horsepower. That still doesn’t put it in the same ballpark as the Toyota C-HR or Honda HR-V, but it’s something.
Smart money is seeing the new EcoSport sometime later this year, maybe even in time for the Paris Auto Show in the fall.