The EcoSport facelift that was spotted testing on multiple occasions has been scrapped since Ford cancelled local vehicle manufacturing in India. In 2013, the EcoSport went on sale in India, and the facelift that was tested would have been the second facelift for the SUV since it launched.
EcoSport is the most popular Ford model ever in India and actually started the compact SUV trend here when it debuted in June 2013. Ford’s EcoSport was among the first SUVs in India to benefit from excise benefits offered by the government for vehicles under four metres long. Over the past few years, the EcoSport has been receiving multiple changes—mechanically, equipment-wise and cosmetically. As with Mahindra, plans also fell through for the SUV to get the 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine as a replacement for the EcoBoost engine. The two companies parted ways earlier this year so those plans also fell through.
Ford’s EcoSport compact SUV has been a major success for the company in the Indian market, both in the initial years and in the export market. It was one of the first made-in-India compact SUVs sold in several European markets. The EcoSport left-hand drive versions have been sold in North America since 2018 by Ford, manufactured at the Chennai facility. Earlier this year, Ford announced it was closing its local manufacturing operations in countries like Brazil, the primary hub for producing the EcoSport in that region. Ford is now exporting EcoSport to countries like Argentina.