One of the many new models due to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, the restyled EcoSport takes after the US version launched earlier this year, in that it gets a completely new front facia inspired by the new Fiesta, and removal of the tailgate mounted spare wheel to suit European tastes.
In addition to offering a number of personalisation options with 12 paint colours and having the roof, upper window frames, roof spoiler, mirrors and door pillars painted in different hues, the EcoSport also features a European different suspension made up of new dampers and springs, as well as retuned steering and Electronic Stability Programme, and new 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Fiesta influence continues inside where the outdated smartphone inspired dashboard makes way for a new modern design highlighted by a freestanding infotainment system in three sizes; 4.2, 6.5 and eight-inches with SYNC 3, a 10-speaker B&O Play sound system and new safety tech in the form of Blind Sport Information, Cruise Control with speed limiter, rear view camera and Roll Stability Control.
Aside from the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine offered in outputs of 92 kW and 103 kW with a 74 kW version arriving later, diesel power will come from Ford's new 1.5-litre EcoBlue oil burner developing 74 kW and 92 kW; the latter fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and option of front or all-wheel drive.
The diesel in 74 kW tune will be front-wheel drive only with the same applying to all EcoBoost models. A six-speed automatic 'box is however optional on the 92 kW three-pot in addition to the standard six-speed manual.
Sales of the facelifted EcoSport are expected to commence next year with pricing in the UK projected to start at around £16 000. Ford Motor Company South Africa is yet to announce a launch date and final pricing.