The Ford EcoSport is already five years old, having being facelifted for the first time in 2017. Thus, the carmaker is probably thinking about its successor, which needs to be a lot better than the current model.
Speaking of which, the 2018 Ford EcoSport didn’t impress reviewers, with Consumer Reports finding it “a big let-down”.
The base engine was said to be underpowered and the transmission not that good. The cramped cabin, odd driving position and insufficient boot space haven’t brought it any positive points either. Furthermore, the fact that some driving assistance features cost more, while others aren’t available at all, doesn’t help its case either.
Still, the Ford EcoSport is here to stay, and officials within the Blue Oval probably have the first sketches of the next generation on their desks. It should be underpinned by the company’s Global B-Car Platform, just like the seventh-gen Ford Fiesta, and have access to an assortment of three- and four-cylinder engines.
It will probably mimic the looks of the supermini up to a point, but Kleber Silva believes that it would look better with some of the styling cues of the current Escape, which is also in for a redesign.
While they may not reflect reality, the renderings do make the EcoSport seem a little more appealing to the eye, and we wouldn’t complain about it if Ford decides to follow this path if they’ll take care of the problems of the current model.