Ford’s subcompact sport-utility has been spotted testing earlier this year. The testing vehicle, however, was hiding beneath the skin of the Fiesta, so we were unable to discover what’s cooking in the backyard. This time, the next-generation Blue Oval pint-sized high-riding vehicle has been rendered by the artist from Sao Paolo, Brazil (Kleber Silva), which revealed in which direction might be good to develop the 2020 Ford EcoSport.
Based on his perspective, the redesigned small SUV from Ford needs to take the best of the popular and bigger Escape crossover. This way, the 2020 EcoSport would certainly look more aggressive and attractive. Although we agree with the artist that doesn’t mean anything to the carmaker. Moreover, the exterior design of the smallest SUV from Blue Oval facilities could go in the totally opposite direction.
On the other hand, we know what’s cooking beneath the skin of the 2020 Ford EcoSport for sure. The subcompact will definitely use almost identical architecture as the new Fiesta. More precisely, it’s going to be underpinned by the Global B-Car Platform which will enable the SUV a far bigger choice of powertrains, perhaps an additional inches in length and width, as well as slightly fewer pounds.
Regarding the engines, the redesigned vehicle will probably keep the 1.0-liter turbocharged mill on board. This doesn’t mean that the carmaker won’t add something new. Yes, the 2020 Ford EcoSprt will almost definitely get Fiesta’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The topping model will still rely on a 2.0-liter unit, which might deliver bit more power from today’s option. The most often complain to the current model was referring to the six-speed auto gearbox. Even though we don’t find anything bad with the transmission the carmaker will have to do something with the issue in the future, so the redesigned crossover could get a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The new-generation Ford EcoSport will host more driving assistance features from the predecessor without any doubt. Lack of some basic aids is so annoying to the drivers, so the carmaker must enlarge the number of them in the coming years. We think that the future list is going to mirror the Fiesta’s which means that the SUV is going to feature Pedestrian Detection, Active Park Assist with Perpendicular Parking, Cross Traffic Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control as standard. Also, the latest SYNC3 infotainment system will be a standard part of the SUV and will be mated to a standard 6.5- or optional 8-inch touchscreen.
Stay tuned for updates.