Brazilian digital artist Kleber Silva has imagined the crossover using a 2020 Ford Escape (or Kuga) and Baojun 510 as base
Ford Motor Company sells a range of crossovers in American and European markets to address the world’s growing demand for ‘urban SUVs’. In India, the company has two compelling choices in the crossover category: Freestyle and EcoSport. The former is easily one of the best choices under Rs 10 lakh while the latter has gone down in demand due to a significant rise in competitors.
Under a newly formed joint venture with Mahindra, either brand is expected to introduce multiple crossovers and SUVs in the near future; starting with the next-gen Mahindra XUV500. Ford India has also updated all its products to BS6 specifications without any major changes (except for the Endeavour). The company arguably makes some of the most well-rounded products on the market but sales figures have not been particularly impressive lately. This stood true even before India’s COVID-19 crisis.
Ford India’s bestsellers, Figo and Freestyle are sold as the Ford Ka and Ka+ (or Ka+ Active) in foreign markets. Like on our market, the EcoSport sits further up in the portfolio. Kleber Silva, a digital artist from Brazil, has rendered a 2022MY ‘Ford Ka Crossover’ as a potential successor to the current-gen EcoSport.
Over the months, we have shared many works by Kleber such as an improved Renault Duster. He usually makes use of existing products of the particular brand as a base to create an all-new model. In this case, he has chosen the Ford Escape (or Kuga) as well as a new crossover from Baojun (under SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile in China).
Despite wearing the Escape’s neat full-LED headlamps, its overall design fits an entry-level crossover. The multi-spoke silver wheels look very basic with its four-lug configuration. In typical crossover fashion, there is ample usage of hard plastics alongside a pair of roof rails. It also follows the time’s floating-roof trend. The rear quarter is almost straight from a Baojun 510 with a few badge-jobs.
A product like this might never happen in the foreseeable future as it would clash with other sought-after crossovers from the American automaker. The India-spec 2020MY Ford EcoSport BS6 is available in both petrol and diesel formats: 1.5-litre Ti-VCT (120bhp/149Nm) and 1.5-litre TDCi (99bhp/215Nm). Its successor could have a Mahindra power plant as rumours suggest. Meanwhile, the Brazilian market might soon get an all-new version of the crossover bearing an internal codename, BX755.