Spy photographers has sent us these first images of the Ford EcoSport Compact SUV testing. Meanwhile, our friend Shrawan at IndianAutosBlog.com has also tipped us off to a couple of leaked images.
Previously we've seen Ford Fiesta bodied mules testing over the past year, but now full body prototypes caught outside Ford's Development center have hit the roads. The timing of this phase of development is right on schedule as Ford recently unveiled the 2013 Ford Escape/Kuga at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. Opel/Chevrolet also has their small "baby Antara" SUV destined for 2012.
IndianAutosBlog reader Mallik Kslikiri, who was searching for info on the EcoSport, found Ford India's under-construction EcoSport page where these images were public. Ford India has since taken them down, but not before Mallik was able to take a screenshot.
Looking like a mini Kuga/Escape, just shorter and lower, the B-Platform SUV will debut with the turbocharged 1.0-liter Ecoboost engine. Initially targeted to emerging markets, the EcoSport will debut at the Delhi Auto Expo in January but will eventually hit global markets under the "One Ford" global product strategy.