The car pictured here is a mid-cycle refresh due for model-year 2017. The grille will take on more of the Edge's look, with a more prominent front end and revised headlights. The taillights will also get small changes, and our spies point to larger wheels and tweaked pieces of body trim. We aren't very interested in these changes, though. It's the fact that Ford is testing the EcoSport on American soil that piques our interest.
While it remains unlikely that the EcoSport could come to America before its third-generation debuts, seeing Ford's American engineers doing development work on a car destined for India, Asia, and South America is telling. We're expecting the next-gen car to follow in the current CUV's footsteps. It will be underpinned by a version of Ford's global B-segment platform, which already serves as the bones of the second-generation EcoSport. This new model should debut in either 2018 or 2019, with an on-sale date for the following model year.
If that last prediction is correct, it means Ford will endure several more years without an entry in one of the fastest growing segments in the market. With Honda, Mazda, and Jeep all selling new, highly competitive vehicles, it's possible that the EcoSport's US debut could be too little too late.