Recent spy pictures have shown updated Ford EcoSport prototypes testing without the car's tailgate-mounted spare wheel. Industry journal Automotive News Europe reports that as well as these obvious exterior changes, Ford will offer new interior plastics and a redesigned suspension set-up from May this year, although this hasn't yet been confirmed by the company.
The spare wheel will remain as a no-cost option, and the EcoSport's controversial side-hinged tailgate remains.
The EcoSport currently holds a three-star rating by Autocar, with our road test verdict noting the low quality of the materials used in the cabin. Our testers have also noted the EcoSport's poor mechanical refinement, calling it "rough and thrashy".