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Extra muscles for the new Ford Ecosport

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Ford EcoSport

Revamped compact Ford SUV set for debut with new infotainment and possible four-wheel-drive

The 2017 Ford Ecosport is expected to make its debut this year, complete with the muscular look of the Kuga and Edge; a possible four-wheel-drive choice; and Sync3 infotainment. Sales are set to begin at the start of next year.

Ford’s SUV communications manager, Jeremy Schofield, said that the revamped compact SUV is to share a similar face to that of its larger siblings. This backs up information gleaned from recent sightings of the development car out testing. This car, which was spotted in the summer, has a restyled bumper at the front, complete with a black middle section, and a rear bumper showing some slight refinements.

The test car also had a spare wheel at the back, giving the impression that this was a mule vehicle for the Chinese and South American markets. The European version is unlikely to get the spare wheel as Ford looks set to go for a less rugged, cleaner appearance.

All 2017 Ecosports for all markets will get the Sync3 infotainment system as Ford brings in the technology for all of its smaller models, starting in 2017.

The 2017 Ford Ecosport engine line-up

There don't appear to be any changes in the engine department for the new Ford Ecosport. This means the retention of a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre diesel unit, a four-cylinder 1.5 petrol, and a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol. There is the possibility that a four-wheel drive option will be added, however, and Schofield suggested that this could be prompted by market trends.

He said that 15 per cent of the B-spec SUVs available were four-wheel drive, adding that this proportion was ‘small but significant’. A four-wheel-drive choice will only be a possible feature with the most powerful cars, however.

The price of the facelifted car is likely to be near to the £14,645 cost of the current car but plans are already afoot for an all-new model underpinned by the platform of the 2017 Fiesta. The car is expected to share engines with the Fiesta as well.

Next year’s Ford Fiesta

The 2017 Ford Fiesta, meanwhile, will benefit from qualitative enhancements to the interior and a more mature look on the outside. It is the seventh incarnation of the Fiesta supermini and has been influenced by the Ka+ and the sixth-gen Fiesta. The latter is still a record-breaker, even though it has been on sale for seven years.

The new Fiesta will share the same Global B platform as the current car. This Ford architecture is also used in its simpler form in the Ka+. The shared platform means that the Fiesta will be similar in wheelbase and overall length to the current car, although adjustments have been made to improve the architecture.

Many manufacturers, including Renault, have decided to abandon three-door superminis but Ford is not following the trend and the new Fiesta will be available as a five-door as well as a three-door.

Under the bonnet, options will include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine, which is currently available in three different power levels, and a four-cylinder 1.5-litre TDCi diesel. The dual-clutch Powershift automatic with its six speeds will also be a feature until multispeed hydraulic automatics make an appearance in the next few years.

Current models account for a third of all Ford sales in Europe, meaning that the new Fiesta will not be in danger of ‘frightening the horses’ when it goes on sale next year. The company wants to offer customers something new, however, and the focus has been placed on utilising better materials and on higher overall quality.

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