By on November 10, 2016

Ford-EcoSport

Ford’s smallest utility vehicle is bound for North America, giving hope to Blue Oval fans who find an Escape too unwieldy.

The EcoSport, offered in overseas markets since 2004, will soon be pressed into service to round out the bottom of the Ford’s domestic utility lineup.

According to Automotive News, Ford can blame the leak on DJ Khaled, who teased his involvement in the reveal on Snapchat last night.

“Monday I’m introducing the Ford EcoSport,” the rap artist said in a short video. “It’s going to be a world premiere with the new Ford EcoSport.”

The unveiling comes on the eve of the Los Angeles International Auto Show. While Ford has confirmed the decision to bring the model stateside, it won’t say when it will go on sale.

Sharing its B3 platform with the Ford Fiesta, the EcoSport offers differing powerplants depending on the market, though a 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder comes standard in most countries. Select countries see non-turbocharged gasoline and diesel 1.5-liter four-cylinders, as well as a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter four. Ford hasn’t mentioned what powertrains North American customers can expect.

The automaker clearly doesn’t like the idea of being left out of the small but fast-growing subcompact crossover segment, dominated by the likes of the Chevrolet Trax and Mazda CX-3. While only 3 percent of U.S. volume, the segment has seen sales rise by 30 percent this year.

[Image:  Ford of Europe]

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49 Comments on “Tiniest Dancer: The Ford EcoSport Is Coming to America...”


  • avatar
    Joss

    Okay lets be mindful of any DCT trannys given Ford’s other bring em’ over…

  • avatar
    Old Man Pants (nee Kenmore)

    Eeee! It’s 65″ tall and cute as an Encore. Ka-Ching!

    Data I found say ground clearance is only 6.1″ but all photos make it seem at least 1″ better than that.

  • avatar
    Silent Ricochet

    I really don’t like the face on that thing. It’s like they tried to combine the face of a 2013 Focus with the new Aston Martin look they’re going for nowadays. These types of vehicles are popular, so it’ll sell decently either way.

    The engine choices are interesting. A 2.0 Liter Four would actually make this vehicle a bit fun to drive if it’s the same Mazda-L based engine that sits under the hood of my Focus. A quick search reveals the EcoSport weighs nearly 3000 lbs in some trims. Unfortunately, automakers like to cram woefully underpowered engines into their cars so I’d bet we’re looking at the 132hp 1.6L Duratec in base models and the 1.0 EcoBoost for those with extra cash.

    I just hope they moved away from the PowerShift Transmission at this point.

    • 0 avatar
      Old Man Pants (nee Kenmore)

      Don’t nobody who’d buy a car like this care about “fun to drive”. Easy, comfy and safe, yeah.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      It looks like the face of a 2013 Focus/C-max because that is a photo of the current Ecosport which was released in the 2013 model year.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

        Excellent point, the rapper mentioned a “world premier” not a “North American premier”.

        This is like when TTAC showed the outgoing Cruze hatch when news came about the new version. Everyone went on about how dated it looked, not thinking for a single second that Chevy hadn’t yet launched the new Cruze at that time, let alone the hatch version.

        Now, the Cruze hatch has launched, and whuddya know, it is stylish, up to date, not as over the top as the 5 door Civic, but not as bland as a Golf. Winner.

        I doubt this is the face of the EcoSport we will see, if so, only for a couple years before it gets an overhaul, kinda the way the Chevy Trax did if I’m not mistaken.

        “This thing looks like a 2013!”
        Um, that’s because it pretty much is, guys, c’mon.

  • avatar

    Cautiously optimistic: Is the manual trans from Europe going to make it’s way across the ocean or too early to tell?

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      My guess would be base model only, and only in a handful of vehicles sent to dealers who are on the bad side of the product allocators at Ford.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      I’d say its a sure bet with the EcoBoost 1.0L. I hope other versions as well.

      I’d like to see Ford launch its new small diesel here in this, the Fiesta, Transit Connect and the Focus.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    The real question: where will it be manufactured?

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      And what’s the Lincoln version going to be called?

      Navigator
      Aviator
      Airspeed

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        When broken down on the side of the freeway, and all you can do is watch all the dependable cars go by: the Lincoln Spectator

        When it’s out of gas, the Lincoln Supinator.

        When Junior uses it for a date on Friday night: the Lincoln Procreator.

        When it’s time to trade it in: the Lincoln Depreciator.

        When your wife makes you trade in your Hellcat when you buy it: the Lincoln Emasculator.

        When used to leave your spouse: the Lincoln Liberator.

        In the snowy northern states, the Lincoln Rusticator.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      Mexico

      Fiesta to Thailand, North American version of the EcoSport to Mexico.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, European, Australian and Japanese market examples of the 2013+ car are built in India.

      Yes, it’s at least as good as it sounds.

  • avatar
    Nick 2012

    The Gen 1 EcoSport was an ingeneous play by Ford. It had almost no development budget – it was simply a Fiesta with cladding and ground clearance to deal with crappy roads – and sold like hotcakes.

    I had one as a rental in Mexico a while back and really enjoyed it. It was nimble and could handle whacking topes at speed without trouble.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      “It had almost no development budget – it was simply a Fiesta with cladding and ground clearance to deal with crappy roads”

      this is an astoundingly incorrect and ignorant statement.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Yeah, you see these down in Mexico, and down in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in Texas – people who come across the border to shop at the malls, Walmart, Sams, etc. I’ve seen Nissan X-Trails in the Valley, too. Both are neat vehicles.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    That leaves Toyota as the only major mfg w/o one of these things for the US market. That upcoming atrocity, C-HR will be as popular as the Juke.

  • avatar
    Higheriq

    And the Ecosport will be called “Bronco”.

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    I got up close and personal with a Mazda CX-3 a little while back. These vehicles make no sense, they’re way too small inside, it’s almost a 2 + 2.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Should probably clarify that that is a picture of the current Ecosport (aka the one not coming here) and not a shot of the one apparently being revealed on Monday. Because it appears some people here don’t understand that.

    • 0 avatar
      brettc

      I found a rendering pic of the new one on indianautosblog.com, looks a lot like a mini-Escape. Supposedly the US model will come with a 1.0 Ecoboost and maybe a manual option. I guess we’ll find out next week. Apparently they’re going to be exported from Ford’s factory in India based on that site’s information.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Strangely, that thing looks a lot like a Fiat Panda.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    They should have done this long ago. Ford is probably looking at the thousands of Trax and Encores GM sells, which are garbage products to be honest, and is kicking itself.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Yeah, the Trax has generally been savaged by reviewers. Cheap and nasty.

    • 0 avatar
      vadonkey

      I have an Encore and I beg to differ with you about being garbage. The materials are upscale, the ride is nice and it is the quietest baby CUV on the road.

      Is it underpowered?….a little. I haven’t been afraid to pull into traffic due to power though.

      I traded in a Fiesta on it. Why? Garbage. 3 transmissions, rattles, trim didn’t fit right. And the Ecosport will be built off of this…no thanks.

      I grew up in a Ford family…my dad worked for ford so anything other than Ford/Mercury/Lincoln was considered “Foreign? in his eyes. I would own a truck or Mustang, but nothing else.

  • avatar
    jeoff

    Needs a new name. Something that makes people think SUV and not Econo-box. Could just shorten it to “Sport” or even “E-Sport” would be better.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    The new Ford Pony?

  • avatar
    ezs

    I am from Brazil, land from were Ecosport was born. This car is crap, slow, heavy, gas guzzler and expensive. Here it comes in two flavors, 1.6 manual and 2.0 “power-shit”. It had great times in sales, before Honda and Jeep launched HR-V and Renegade, it sunk from5K units per month to 2.3K.

    Good luck for those who buys this in US!

    Regards,

    Evandro

  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    Heh. Already on sale in Europe. If you guys don’t like how it looks wait till you see the inside.

  • avatar
    jdmcomp

    Saw this lovely little vehicle at the Paris show two years ago. Told the stand rep just put in the ST running gear and I would have one. He laughed, and said this would never be in the US. It is an attractive little CUV and almost seems to be the station wagon version of the F.

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