Ford Ecosport to be updated

Ford will introduce changes to its slow-selling Ecosport later this year to increase sales...

Ford Ecosport to be updated

Ford is likely to introduce an updated version of its Ecosport compact SUV this summer.

Recent pictures have shown a prototype Ecosport testing without its characteristic exterior spare wheel. The spare wheel, which has been a major criticism of the model since its launch in the UK last April, will now be offered as a no-cost option, according to reports.

Industry sources suggest Ford will also look to improve the interior quality of the Ecosport, as well as its ride. Both criticisms were raised during the What Car? road test, where the Ecosport received a rating of just two stars.

Ford is likely hoping that these minor alterations will help to increase the Ecosport's slow sales. Figures from Jato Dynamics reveal that while Ford sold 11,257 units of the Ecosport between April and November last year, the car's main rivals performed considerably better.

Renault's Captur sold 149,701 units during the same period, while Peugeot's 2008 sold 125,002 units and Vauxhall's Mokka attracted 114,658 sales.

The compact SUV market is expected to grow to 900,000 units by 2017, according to industry analyst IHS, while the Ecosport is predicted to make 20,239 sales this year.