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Ford reveals EcoSport compact SUV

Debuts at Delhi Auto Show 2012...

Ford has released the new EcoSport prior to its public unveiling at the New Delhi Auto Expo later today. Initially targeted to emerging markets, the EcoSport will eventually launch globally but Ford has decided to use the Delhi Show to debut the new model as India is one of Ford’s biggest new markets.

The Ford EcoSport looks quite chunky despite its compact dimensions. It features decent ground clearance and some body cladding for that rugged look. The front end is the first Ford to take inspiration from the Evos concept, having slimmer headlights and a more angular grille. The rear looks very much like the Kuga, but scaled down, with the spare wheel attached on the rear. The EcoSport shown in Delhi and in the images is technically a concept, but only details such as the grille and headlight detailing will change.

The compact SUV features a new turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine with 118bhp and 125 lb-ft available from 1,300-4,500 rpm. The direct injection engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. Ultimately, 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine will be made available in Ford models in China, Europe, North America and other regions. In the UK it will come in the Fiesta, Ka and B-Max as well as the EcoSport if it gets a UK launch.

The new EcoSport was developed in Ford's Development Center in Camaçari, Brazil. Previously, the EcoSport name was used on a crossover SUV version of the European derived Ford Fusion MPV in Latin America since 2003 and served as the first affordable SUV in the region. It went on to sell 700,000 vehicles in nine years.

This new Fiesta based B-platform SUV, which is the second of ten new models to be spawned from this platform by mid-decade, will eventually be sold in 100 markets worldwide. Ford projects the new B-platform family of vehicles will represent more than 2 million units of annual production as compact cars continue to drive global growth.

The EcoSport will be produced at plants in Brazil, India, and other markets to be announced at a later time.

Images and video courtesy of Ford

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more