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Our spy photographers have sent us a couple of images showing a Ford EcoSport prototype without the rear-mounted spare wheel.

Ford's cute Fiesta-based EcoSport petite crossover is about to get more appealing for some people as it seems the Blue Oval company is about to remove the spare wheel to enable a cleaner design. Judging by these two spy images, aside from a subtle rear bumper tweak no other changes are planned and for the moment it's not known whether the spare wheel will be removed from all versions of the EcoSport, a model sold in a wide variety of markets.

Since axing the rear spare wheel and tweaking the rear bumper doesn't take much time for engineering, chances are the updated Ford EcoSport in European specification will be ready in time for next year's Geneva Motor Show in March, just two years after its debut.

Depending on the market, the small crossover will likely continue with the same engine lineup which among others includes a three-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost with 125 HP (92 kW), a lesser 1.5-liter naturally aspirated unit with 110 HP (81 kW) along with a 1.5-liter diesel rated at 90 HP (66 kW).

Gallery: Spy photos show Ford EcoSport is about to lose the rear spare wheel

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