Ford EcoSport SUV

4 Jan, 2012 11:34am Jack Rix

Ford has released first pictures of its latest global model, a Fiesta-based small SUV

Ford has revealed a Fiesta-based small SUV, called the EcoSport. The new model will make its debut in India at the Delhi Auto Expo tomorrow, although a special launch event will also be held in Brasilia, Brazil - emphasising that this is a model aimed primarily at emerging markets.

It will be sold in the UK too, and in over 100 countries worldwide, making this the latest addition to the One Ford global car line-up, which already includes the new Focus, Fiesta and Kuga.

Video: watch official footage of the new Ford EcoSport

The EcoSport marks a milestone for Ford, as the first global model to be designed and developed entirely by its South American team.

The first-generation Ford EcoSport, based on the Ford Fusion and developed by Ford South America in 2003, went on to sell more than 700,000 units as a regional product - hence why Ford has such high-hopes for this new model.

The styling is clearly derived from the Fiesta, but uses a bold front grille, slimmer more detailed headlights and plastic cladding on the side sills and bumpers to increase road presence while mainting the same footprint on the road as a Fiesta.

It will also be one of the first recipients of Ford's new three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine. In the EcoSport it will produce 118bhp, 170Nm of torque and emit less than 140g/km of CO2.