Ford’s EcoSport has been caught testing in Thailand – Headlight Magazine recently ran spyshots of two examples of the compact SUV parked at a petrol station, both clad in a yellow and black dazzle pattern scheme.
It looks like all is going to schedule with ASEAN plans for the EcoSport, which made its debut in Delhi last year, at least where production is concerned. At the regional launch of the Focus last March, it was hinted on a presentation slide that the B-segment compact SUV was set to be the second vehicle produced by the new Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant in Rayong, following the Focus.
The production schedules and probable market debut dates weren’t revealed then, but given that test mules have come about, series production shouldn’t be too far away. If anything, the vehicle, which sits on a Fiesta platform, might make its debut in the Kingdom later this year. Other ASEAN markets, including Malaysia, are of course set to follow once that happens.
There was talk last year that the EcoSport, when it debuts, will very likely wear a normally-aspirated 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine, the same unit found in Thai Fiestas. Will we get one with a 1.6 litre Ti-VCT mill here? The Indian debut vehicle had a 120 PS and 170 Nm 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost unit, but the lump is unlikely to feature in these parts anytime soon.