The refreshed EcoSport will now come standard for the first time without a spare tyre mounted to the tailgate, and the new rear styling reflects this change.
Buyers opting to go without a spare will instead get a tyre recovery kit, and the wheel-less tailgate - which now wears a new EcoSport badge - has been redesigned to allow for easier partial opening in tight spaces.
Engine options remain the same, but all powertrains now meet Euro 6.1 emissions standards and the diesel gains around 4kW or power.
The updated model gets returned suspension with a revised rear twist beam, spring and damper rates and a 10mm reduction in ride height, while the power steering and electronic stability control systems (ESC) have also been tweaked.
Inside, there’s a restyled instrument cluster with a light dimming function and chrome tips for the window switches, along with improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.
The handbrake has been repositioned for improved accessibility, while the interior also scores a four-inch colour display, optional privacy glass and partial leather seats for the Titanium model.
A ‘Winter Pack’ is now available, which includes a heated windscreen, heated mirrors and heated front seats, along with air vents at floor level for rear seat passengers.
Later in the year, a new satellite navigation system and a rear-view camera will also join the features list.
A new EcoSport ‘S’ variant is added to the line-up for 2015, featuring 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear diffuser element and standard privacy glass.
The 2015 Ford EcoSport arrives in European showrooms from June this year. These models are not scheduled to be sold in Ford Australia showrooms anytime soon.
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