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We’ve been hearing rumors of a new “global” B-segment crossover from Ford for some time. Now, the Blue Oval has officially revealed details on its latest EcoSport , unveiled at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo this week.
The new EcoSport, underpinned by Ford’s latest B-segment vehicle architecture, is the second of eight new models the company plans to introduce into the Indian market by mid decade and will also serve to drive sales in other Asian markets as well, plus in other parts of the world where vehicle demand is growing, notably Brazil.
Looking a lot like a Fiesta on stilts, the latest EcoSport will be produced locally in India at the Chennai integrated manufacturing complex for both domestic consumption and also export, with production in other countries, likely Brazil slated to commence down the road.
Given it shares engineering with the Fiesta, perhaps not surprisingly the EcoSport gets Ford’s 1.0-liter, 120 metric horsepower (PS) three-cylinder, direct injected, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, coupled with a five-speed manual transaxle.
Although at the time of posting this story, other technical features had yet to be announced, don’t be surprised if a four-cylinder engine, a diesel and a choice of front or all-wheel drive options, plus a self-shifting transmission materialize as well, at least in some markets.
GALLERY: Ford EcoSport
Ford announced their lineup at the upcoming 2012 Delhi Auto Expo in India, mentioning the world debut of a new global vehicle along with a teaser image. General consensus around here is that this will be Ford’s next EcoSport CUV.
In the release, Ford only mentions that an all-new vehicle planned for global markets will be introduced in India and will be the latest One Ford global product. The second-generation EcoSport will probably be based on the same platform as Ford’s Fiesta, and even though Ford’s all about a global launch, we’re a little hesitant to believe it’ll make it to American shores anytime soon.
Ford will also be showing off their Figo, all-new Fiesta, Classic and Endeavour at the Auto Expo. A total of 12 vehicles will be on display in a new, high-tech booth boasting a 3D theater, live shows and a crowd-sourced interactive driving game.