If you have been wondering why Ford has not introduced a subcompact crossover to the US market, you are not alone. We can stop wondering as the company introduces the Ford EcoSport at the 2016 LA Auto Show. The smallest of Ford crossovers comes to us from Europe and other markets around the world, although the American version of the EcoSport gets unique styling.
The EcoSport will have two engine options: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost or a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder. Although power specifications have not yet been released, the EcoSport power could range from 123 hp (as in the Ford Fiesta) to around 160 hp (as in the Ford Focus). We will have to wait for official figures. Ford did say that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will be mated to a 4WD system. Both engines will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Naturally, the new EcoSport will come equipped with Ford latest infotainment and technology options. These include SYNC3, B&O Play premium audio system with up to 675 watts of power, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch center mounted screen.
Another interesting design feature of the EcoSport is the rear hatch that opens to the side. You would not think that from looking at the rear of the hatch, but it does indeed open from right to the left and offers a relatively low cargo entry.
Ford did not announce the pricing, engine specifications, or the MPG estimates. However, when the EcoSport goes on sale in the US, it will compete in a crowded segment against the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, and the upcoming Toyota C-HR among others.
Ford says the “all-new Ford EcoSport” will go on sale in early 2018, so we still have more than a year to wait for the tiniest of Ford utility vehicles.
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