Originally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the updated model features a number of improvements including the option to eliminate the rear-mounted spare tire.

Bigger changes occur in the cabin as there's a new steering wheel, additional chrome trim and a relocated handbrake.  The model also gains partial leather seats on Titanium variants and a new Winter Pack that includes heated front seats, a heated windscreen and heated mirrors. Later on, the crossover will be offered with several new options including a rearview camera and a navigation system. 

Under the hood, there's an improved 1.5-liter TDCi engine that develops 95 PS (70 kW) - an increase of 5 PS (3 kW).  It enables the EcoSport to return 4.4 L/100 km (53.4 mpg US / 64.2 mpg UK) and have CO2 emissions of 115 g/km.

The crossover also has a returned suspension with new springs, dampers and a rear torsion beam.  These reduce the ride height by 10mm and lower the model's center of gravity for improved handling.  The Electronic Stability Control and power steering systems also have been retuned for European roads.

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