Ford is to enter the competitive mini-crossover market with its new EcoSport SUV.

The car will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, and go on sale by the end of the year. Versions of the EcoSport are already on sale in India and South America, but this is the first glimpse we've seen of a European-spec car.

The all-new model will be available with Ford's award-winning 123bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, a 108bhp 1.5-litre petrol and an 89bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine.

Emissions and fuel consumption are expected to be low, particularly in the 1.0-litre-engined model.

The EcoSport will also feature a range of exciting technological gizmos inside the cabin, including 'SYNC AppLink', through which the driver can operate their smartphone using voice controls.



This means apps such as Spotify can be used to stream music through the car's entertainment system. Despite the encouragement to use your smartphone apps, the EcoSport will help you resist any temptation to play on your phone while driving by locking the screen when it's connected to AppLink.

Ford claims its new SUV mixes the useful small footprint of the Fiesta with the practical spaciousness and high driving position on an SUV.

Despite it being Fiesta-based, the new EcoSport doesn't merely resemble a jacked-up supermini with extra plastic cladding. A short rear overhang and bluff front end lend it a purposeful air, although there's no hint of any off-road ability.

It is expected to be priced from around £14,000.