These candid shots, taken by a TFLcar fan, look like the 2017 Ford EcoSport. The EcoSport competes with the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax, Fiat 500X, Nissan Juke and Jeep Renegade, among many others. This subcompact crossover segment is becoming one of the hottest categories in North America.
The 2017 Ford EcoSport may have the same (or similar) three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine that’s available in the Ford Fiesta. Many of the components from the 2017 Ford EcoSport are shared with the Ford Fiesta, but the body is all unique. Check out that low-hanging, trunk-mounted spare tire. Not even the Jeep Renegade has an external spare tire.
If current reports about the Ford EcoSport are true, it may find its way into the Ford fleet priced under the base-model Ford Escape. That may make the base price under $20,000, which is where many of the competitor’s prices start. In other markets, the Ford EcoSport is available with a manual transmission and front wheel drive on the base model.
This information is (mainly) speculation. We have yet to hear if/when Ford will bring the Ford EcoSport to U.S. shores. We can say, with some certainty, that this little crossover should be welcomed by the buying public.
What do you think? Should Ford bring the EcoSport to the United States?
Editor’s Note: Ford is currently missing out on the sub-compact crossover segment in the United States. Competitors like the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V are increasing in sales. Now, Toyota is looking to enter the market with the C-HR crossover. It would make a lot of sense for Ford to get a piece of the pie with the EcoSport.
While we wait for the decision, here are all the details about the refreshed 2017 Ford Escape.