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2015 Ford EcoSport Facelift Deletes Exterior Spare Wheel, Gets a Few Updates

When the second-generation Ford EcoSport came into the limelight at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, everyone was like “Dude, what’s with the swing-out door-mounted wheel? So ‘80s.” The Blue Oval figured it out the spare wheel had to go with the long-awaited mid-cycle facelift of the B-segment mini SUV.
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Two years ago, the production-spec second-gen model debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. This detail makes it less surprising why Ford decided to present the world with the revamped EcoSport on the same stage in Switzerland, two years later. The tweaked Ford EcoSport seems more credible a rival in the front of the usual B-segment crossover suspects.

Regarding the now spare wheel-less swing-out door, engineers relegated to the options list. As such, only a tire repair kit was left in its place. In addition to the biggest change of all, there is no such thing as an eye-catching nip & tuck job for the exterior. Everything seems to be a case of “same old, same old,” albeit the EcoSport S that you can admire in the gallery below is looking far better than standard EcoSport models.

For the sportified S, FoMoCo added a black roof without roof rails, black-painted mirror caps and 17-inch alloy wheels, a subtle rear diffuser that doesn’t do the tricky aero stuff, privacy glass and the Deep Impact Blue exterior paint finish. Inside the mini SUV, Ford made it clear that “subtle and stylish” improvements is the name of the game. Updates come in the form of an instrument cluster that was adorned with a chrome surround, chrome window switches and thicker sound deadening materials.

Underpinned by the same 2011 Ford Fiesta B2E platform, the 2015 Ford EcoSport facelift will be arriving at European dealers in a few months with optional features such as a Winter Pack, satellite navigation and a rearview parking camera. As for the oily bits, the chassis boasts with mildly revised suspension and an updated rear twist beam. The whole car stands 10 mm lower to the ground and every powertrain got updated to Euro 6 standards, with the 1.5-liter DV5 turbo diesel gaining 5 HP.


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