Compared with the current European model, the US car’s nose gets larger headlights that sit either side of a more prominent grille. The new-look front is clearly inspired by that of the larger Kuga and Edge SUVs, something Ford’s manager of SUV communications, Jeremy Schofield, told Autocar would happen earlier this year.
Inside, the car gains Sync3 infotainment – the latest version of Ford’s system in production – with an 8.0in touchscreen and smartphone connectivity. This includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as remote technology that enables drivers to start, lock and unlock their cars from any location.
The US car has been launched with two turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engines: a 1.0-litre triple and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic gearbox and the 2.0-litre model gets four-wheel drive.
When the facelift arrives in the UK, it’ll come with the 1.0-litre unit, but America’s 2.0-litre powerplant will almost certainly be swapped for a 1.5-litre petrol unit. This would mean the facelifted Ecosport retains the current car’s engine options, which also includes a 1.5-litre diesel.
Unlike the US car, the Euro-spec Ecosport will be offered as standard with a manual gearbox, with the automatic down as an option. The current European Ecosport is front-wheel drive only, but it seems likely that the facelift will follow the lead of the American model and gain a four-wheel-drive version.
No arrival date has been set for the European facelift, but given the US car’s arrival, some time before mid-2017 seems likely. Expect pricing to stay close to that of the current car, which starts at £15,045.