Ford’s facelifted compact SUV is tipped for a debut this autumn; it'll gain Sync 3 infotainment and possibly an optional four-wheel-drive system

The 2017 Ford Ecosport has been spotted testing in European ST-Line form, as Ford finalises the model for launch at next month's 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.

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17 June 2016
Ford, you could have left this horrid conveyance where it belongs and just brought to market a Focus estate with raised ride height, body cladding, roof rails and called it a crossover. It would have been ten times the car that the Ecosport is, I may even have considered one.

8 July 2016
Shrub wrote:

Ford, you could have... just brought to market a Focus estate with raised ride height, body cladding, roof rails"

They did - it's called a "Kuga".

17 June 2016
That's not a bad idea. The Focus estate is an excellent base for this treatment. Isn't this the second update Ford has made to the EcoSport? I recall they previously tried to improve the interior and got rid of the ridiculous looking spare wheel mounted on the rear door. I hope Ford has learnt its lesson and the forthcoming Mk3 Ka is not another dud.

2 November 2016
Daniel Joseph wrote:

That's not a bad idea. The Focus estate is an excellent base for this treatment. Isn't this the second update Ford has made to the EcoSport? I recall they previously tried to improve the interior and got rid of the ridiculous looking spare wheel mounted on the rear door. I hope Ford has learnt its lesson and the forthcoming Mk3 Ka is not another dud.

From memory Ford did further work on the driving dynamics. This is perhaps one example where the one global Ford policy has not worked. The car was targeted as a budget vehicle for for the Indian market, but it seems that it did not cut the mustard with more discerning Europeans. Then we have the Focus where Ford has now decided that its sophisticated suspension system is wasted on the Americans.


18 June 2016
According to Autocar India it's already called the Ecosport and has been since it was introduced. It seems to suffer from the success of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara and Ford have reduced the price to attract buyers.

Presumably Ford will try to get rid of the slightly awkward stance the car has. It seems slightly too tall IMO and some of the colours available just don't suit. Bright yellow, for example, although taking the spare wheel off the rear door makes it look slightly better. Shame there are still so many old-spec cars in Ford dealerships complete with the spare wheel in place.

1 November 2016
Thanks for reminding me how much of a disaster the second generation was.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

23 May 2017
Ecoli. Hideous things always make me want to throw up! Best thing Ford could do is to leave the camouflage on. No, on second thoughts, add more!

23 May 2017
The sooner this car is replaced by all new model that looks good, drives well and has a much higher quality interior the better. The current version is just a throwback to Fords from the bad old, pre-Mondeo days where they assumed people would buy and old crap from them.

23 May 2017
Eco Sport certainly wasn't Fords smartest move at all, it couldn't even compete with the Mokka. I've not driven one but I have sat in one and it certainly isn't Fords best effort at all.

Global policy can work, in the right spec a Mondeo is very good looking car with a decent interior. Also Americans do do sophisticated suspension as the Mondeo has a 5 link fully independent rear suspension, which the Passat/Superb/Insignia rivals don't offer

9 July 2017
We bought a 2017 model 2 months ago. Ours has no cumbersome wheel on the back so was Enticed by the look of it . We got a Titanium with all the trimmings we thought , but feel it is unsuitable as a family car and Definately designed with a man behind the wheel. The overhead vanity mirror on the passengers side has a helpful lit up mirror, this will help my husband apply his make up while he sits there, just as well i don't wear make up, as there isnt one on my side.
And how am i suppose to carry my kids bikes. The side opening doors Ford say are not suitable for a rack and there currently is no approved tow bar to attach a bike carrier. Ford expects me to lift them up onto the roof . I am a 5ft 4 women ,Not a weight lifter! Any other kind of bike rack or tow bar invalidates the warranty. Not a sutable family car, preferred my b-max.
We Will ditch the car as soon as i am legally able to.
Jacjac

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