Autocar reader Phil Moulton spotted this development car in North Wales
The model has previously been seen in South American guise
It runs a spare tyre on the boot for South American markets...
...but European cars will ditch this for a cleaner design
The facelifted Ecosport is due at the Frankfurt motor show
The updated model will inherit the more aggressive exterior styling of the Kuga and Edge models. Its look will be near identical to the US-spec model that was revealed last year, as will the kit and technology the crossover will come with.
Development cars spotted by an Autocar spy photographer display restyled front bumpers with a new black mid-section and lightly tweaked rear bumpers.
Earlier test cars (see gallery) had a spare wheel fixed to their tailgates. This feature remains popular in South American and Chinese markets, but UK and European-spec Ecosports now do without it.
Across all markets, the 2017 Ecosport will come with Ford's latest-generation Sync 3 infotainment system.
It seems likely that the current car’s engine line-up, which comprises a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol and 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel, will be unchanged. The most recently spotted test car appears to be fitted with the 1.5-litre petrol engine.
The option of four-wheel drive may be added to the range. However, iIf such an option is introduced, it'll only be available on the most potent variants.
The facelifted Ecosport's entry-lvel price is expected to stay close to the current model's £15,645.