We first revealed the new Ford EcoSport was likely to be revealed at this month’s Delhi Motor Show early last month, after an over-eager web tech posted details on Ford’s India site by mistake. And we were right – the Ford EcoSport has now debuted in India in concept form ahead of a production release later this year.
The new EcoSport is probably the first Ford to rise from a South American Ford in to a global car. Ford in Brazil built an EcoSport based on the last Fiesta, but this new EcoSport looks set to be a world car, and is based on the same platform that underpins the new Fiesta and B-Max.
Ford has made it clear that they see the bulk of sales for the new EcoSport will be in the Asia Pacific region, but we’re all but sure the EcoSport will find its way to Europe this year, where we’re sure it will find a ready market, and give cars like the Nissan Juke a decent scrap.
So far Ford hasn’t revealed details of power plants for the EcoSport, but it seems highly likely the EcoSport will be making full use of Ford’s 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, as well as a sensible selection of diesel lumps. In fact, we’d be surprised if Ford – certainly for the EcoSport in Europe – don’t offer it with the same range of engine options as the Fiesta.
We expect the 2012 Ford EcoSport to make European debut – in production guise – at Geneva in the Spring.
New Ford EcoSport (2012) Photo Gallery
(5 photos – click any thumbnail for full size)