14th Jan 2019 8:00 am
Compact SUV set to be replaced by a Fiesta hatchback-based model in 2020; prototype caught testing abroad.
Ford has been spotted testing a small SUV that will replace the EcoSport in 2020. Spied for the first time, the prototype being tested abroad sports heavily disguised Fiesta hatchback-based bodywork, but with a clear SUV-style raised ride height.
The as-yet-unnamed model, which could continue the EcoSport nameplate or take on a new identity more closely aligned to the Fiesta hatchback that’s sold abroad, will serve as a replacement for the ageing EcoSport as the smallest model in Ford’s SUV range.
Linking the styling of the new car closer to the Fiesta could help Ford increase its competitiveness in the fast-growing crossover market. The car is set to share a platform – and likely an engine range, including the popular EcoBoost petrol powertrains – with the Fiesta hatchback. That means it’s expected to be front-wheel drive, although a four-wheel-drive system could potentially be carried over from the current EcoSport.