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.