Ford is testing EcoSport replacement in polar conditions.

Ford is testing EcoSport replacement in polar conditions.

March 13, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

Ford continues to prepare for the replacement of the compact crossover EcoSport – this time the new model was seen on tests in winter conditions near the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia.

Despite the fact that Ford already has two crossovers based on the Fiesta platform – EcoSport and Fiesta Active, the first is outdated, and the second is essentially a slightly overvalued hatchback, so the new model should give Ford a strong impetus in one of the most popular Europe at the moment.

At the moment, the official name of the model is unknown, but it will compete with small crossovers such as the Mazda CX-3, Renault Captur, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and others. The prototype imprinted on the photo, although it is dressed in heavy camouflage, but apparently already has serial forms.

The new Ford model will be produced at a plant in Craiova (Romania), where EcoSport is currently being assembled for European markets. It will coexist with the raised Fiesta Active hatchback and cover the market segment below Kuga.

According to rumors, the novelty from Ford can be called Puma, and its public debut is expected at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, while the crossover will go on sale in 2020.