Ford’s second generation EcoSport subcompact crossover is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh once again. Yes, we know that the car got some changes about a year ago, but it seems that the manufacturer hasn’t say the last word. Moreover, the tiny SUV appears to have an all-new front end, as well as a partly redesigned interior with several new options. However, the shots we see here represent the European 2017 Ford EcoSport, so we still have nothing particular regarding the US model, which is also announced, and will come as the 2018 EcoSport crossover.
2017 Ford EcoSport: Facelift and Changes
In any case, the camouflaged prototype we see hides just the front end, so we are quite convinced that the carmaker has no intention to change anything else on the bodywork. Still, even though it’s totally wrapped, the front fascia appears to be rather familiar. This is because the 2017 Ford EcoSport is getting just the same front-end styling as the current Edge crossover. The redesigned grille and bumper are identical to the Edge’s, while the headlights seem a bit more rounded that earlier.
The interior is also updated. There is an upgraded Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system, as well as a new styling for HVAC controls. The small SUV will likely have a revised instrument panel, while the carmaker could add some new options for the upholstery. The crossover should have more standard options and better quality of the plastic. The high-end materials will likely put the 2017 EcoSport ahead of its competition.
The manufacturer won’t change anything under the hood. The refreshed EcoSport crossover will offer a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter unit, a 1.5-liter TDCi turbodiesel and a small 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost mill. The only different is the arrival of the all-wheel drive model, which will be offered in Europe. Of course, the FWD stays the base option.