Originally Posted by 2o6
Also, I'm not sure if this model will have AWD. It has a torsion beam in the rear, and I haven't read anything in the press releases to suggest AWD is an option or coming soon.
It was designed to have AWD, like the previous model sold in Brazil.
I think an AWD model will eventually be added in Brazil/ South America while in other markets (at least in Asia) Ford will wait and see if there is a demand.
First clue it was developed to have AWD, unlike the Fiesta, the fuel tank has a provision for a shaft to the rear (continuation of the center tunnel). Its encircled in the photo.
For comparison, the FWD-only Fiesta has a flat bottom fuel tank.
The previous EcoSport is based on the previous Fiesta/ EU Fusion platform, like the new model, FWD versions had torsion beam rear suspension, while AWD versions were given their own independent rear suspension.