It will probably be a while before Ford officially reveals the EcoSport’s successor, but according to our spy photographer, the car you see here is exactly that. It’s so heavily camouflaged, you can barely tell what it is. We have it on good authority, though, that this particular prototype is built on the Fiesta platform and will eventually become Ford’s replacement for the EcoSport.
Despite the heavy camouflage, the prototype gives us a pretty good idea of the next EcoSport’s overall shape. We see a lot of the new Focus in the fenders and roofline, even if the design has been stretched into a more crossover-like shape. Up front, the headlights look almost insect-like, but we highly doubt they’ll make it to production without changes. If you look closely, you can get a decent idea of how the headlight housing will be shaped. Around back, you can also see the taillights through the camouflage.
Will this vehicle still be called the EcoSport? We can’t say right now, nor do we have any idea what engines will make it to the U.S. It would make sense for Ford to only offer one or two options here, and we’d expect fuel economy to be a top priority. But considering how slow the current EcoSport is, we really hope its successor offers more power. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a hot rod, but we’d like to believe Ford plans to offer a better competitor for the Hyundai Kona.
Of course, as we found in a recent comparison test, the current EcoSport sets the bar pretty low. Hopefully, its successor feels like it was actually designed to be sold in the U.S. Fingers crossed?
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