Ford EcoSport facelift gets spied without a spare wheel
Ford India has garnered a lot of attention with its very popular EcoSport compact SUV. Now, that the very successful compact SUV is set to get major competition from a number of upcoming models in India, Ford has already set to refresh its prized mini SUV.
Ford has started working on the new EcoSport facelift model. The model is expected to have its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show that will be held in March next year. Now, the new revised Ford EcoSport compact SUV has been spied while the vehicle was testing on the roads of Europe. The baby SUV was caught by the spy shutterbugs with minimal camouflage while flaunting the various changes to the vehicle’s rear design to give it a fresh visual appeal. While the Ford EcoSport facelift will obviously also come with a refreshed front face, details on its new face are not yet available because of the veils, while the rear design changes can be clearly perceived from the spy pictures. As the spy pics reveal, the most remarkable change on the Ford EcoSport will be the removal of the tailgate mounted spare wheel that is seen on the current model.
While the tailgate mounted spare wheel is used on the current EcoSport model to lend it the tough SUV look, on the new facelift model Ford seems to be choosing a neat design. Instead, the tail gate will be featuring a centrally placed license plate enclosure. The rear bumper will be mildly refreshed along with a skid plate sort of element to cover up the former license plate enclosure area. Ford’s decision to remove the tailgate mounted spare wheel actually seems to work in favor of the overall design of the EcoSport and adds to its great urban looks. As it is, the EcoSport is actually favored more for its city car compact looks rather than the rugged SUV appeal, and with the spare wheel removed it will only look sleek and smarter.
As for the frontal design changes, the new EcoSport is expected to come with a refreshed grille, headlights and front bumper. The SUV is expected to retain the overall design language. On the other hand, the Ford global Ecosport’s external spare wheel is more of an advantage rather than a visual sore. Moreover, keeping the spare wheel in the boot area will drastically reduce the already limited cargo capacity. The changes that were spied could be uncertain as yet or could be variant based. Ford might offer the tailgate mounted spare wheel on the higher model trims only or the external spare wheel removal could be Europe specific.
The new Ford EcoSport is expected to retain the existing engine range that comprise of the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol motor delivering 123HP of power, the 1.5 litre TiVCT petrol mill that churns out 110HP of power, and the 1.5 litre TDCi diesel oil burner that offers 90HP of power. The entire engine range of the EcoSport is paired to an efficient 5 speed manual transmission.
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Source :- World Car Fans
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