Reinvented compact crossover shows close alignment to Fiesta as prototypes begin winter testing
12 March 2019

New images show Ford's Fiesta-based small SUV, which will replace the Ecosport in the firm’s range, carrying out winter testing.

The new compact crossover has been photographed sporting heavily disguised Fiesta-based bodywork but with a clear SUV-style raised ride height.

The as-yet-unnamed model, which could retain the Ecosport nameplate or take on a new identity more closely aligned to the Fiesta, will serve as a replacement for the ageing Ecosport as the smallest model in Ford’s SUV range.

Linking the styling of the new car closer to the Fiesta could help Ford increase its competitiveness in the fast-growing crossover market. The Fiesta was the best-selling car in Britain in 2018, while the Ecosport has long struggled against rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Seat Arona.

The car is set to share a platform - and possibly an engine range, including the popular Ecoboost petrol powertrains - with the Fiesta. That means it's likely to be front-wheel drive, although a four-wheel-drive system could potentially be carried over from the current Ecosport.

It will sit alongside the Fiesta Active, a jacked-up version of the supermini. 

Ford has not specified when the new compact SUV will be unveiled, but a launch is expected within the next two years as the Ecosport has been available in its current form for six years. 

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8 January 2019

Another SUV, aren't we lucky.

Citroëniste.

8 January 2019
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

Another SUV, aren't we lucky.

Yeah, there just arent enough around at the moment.

XXXX just went POP.

8 January 2019
So what will the difference be between this and the fiesta active? Seems like Ford are hellbent on shooting themselves in the foot again.

8 January 2019
manicm wrote:

So what will the difference be between this and the fiesta active? Seems like Ford are hellbent on shooting themselves in the foot again.

I would hazard a guess that it would like what the T Cross is like to a Polo or what the Arona is to a Seat Ibiza or a Vauxhall Mokka is to the Corsa etc etc etc... whereas the Fiesta Active is a Fiesta slightly raised with added body kit like what the Volvo Cross Country is, or the Rover Streetwise was....

8 January 2019
The Ecosport is my biggest gripe in the car world! Not just because its too small, impractical, underpowered and pointless but because of the pronunciation of the name! All Ford dealers and the adverts have this inane habit of calling it an 'echosport' it's 'eco' as in 'economical' not 'echo' as in the rebounding of sound!! When a manufacturer can't even pronounce its own model correctly, you know they don't think much of it themselves!

FMS

8 January 2019
Unsane666 wrote:

The Ecosport is my biggest gripe in the car world! Not just because its too small, impractical, underpowered and pointless but because of the pronunciation of the name! All Ford dealers and the adverts have this inane habit of calling it an 'echosport' it's 'eco' as in 'economical' not 'echo' as in the rebounding of sound!! When a manufacturer can't even pronounce its own model correctly, you know they don't think much of it themselves!

 

 

Oh dear...

12 March 2019

Couldn't be bothered with another SUV, but at least it replaces that rubbish Ecosport

JMax

8 January 2019

I'm no fan of the dreary SUV landscape, but its about time Ford offered something properly designed for the European market, rather than the half-hearted, hastily adapted current model. Ford's model planners made a big mistake when they spent significant time and money engineering the B-Max, just when customers were moving away from that type of vehicle. As long as they still offer a small 3-door hatch for younger buyers to choose, then I guess we can allow them to offer a small SUV for the older ones that appear to love them so much.

9 January 2019

I know small SUVs don't really appeal to us car enthusiasts but they tend to offer a very practical package in a compact footprint for sensible money. If Ford can add some driving interest into the mix, which is notably lacking from most of the competition, then you could have a very complete and appealing car. 

10 January 2019

Yes, where JLR could have gone with the Freelander, but dropped it instead.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

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