As you may recall, news broke last week that the Ford EcoSport subcompact crossover would be making its US debut ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show, with its reveal stateside slated for later tonight.
This means, almost beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the crossover will be sold here.
So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share what we know about the Fiesta-based Ford EcoSport CUV – a model first built by Ford Brazil for the 2004 model year, which has been offered in Europe, Australia, and some Asian markets since its second generation came along for 2013.
The Ford EcoSport Is Tiny
The current Ford EcoSport rides on Ford’s B2E platform – the same as the Fiesta and B-MAX. This makes it quite small by SUV standards; the current model is less than 14 feet long, which should translate to good fuel economy. In fact, Ford India claims 18.88 km-per-liter (about 44 mpg) with the optional 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, although that’s likely a tad optimistic. A drag coefficient of just 0.365 helps.
The Ford EcoSport Is Affordable
The 2016 Ford EcoSport starts at £15,045 in the UK – about $18,800 US at the current exchange rate. Its actual sticker price in the US will depend on a lot, but if anything, Americans will likely pay less than what their neighbors across the pond spend.
That’s especially true if Ford decides to add EcoSport production to its plant in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico.
We suspect that powertrain options, technology, and creature comforts would be about equivalent to those in the US-market Ford Fiesta. Engines are likely to be the same 1.6-liter Ti-VCT four-cylinder and 1.0-liter EcoBoost I3, with a dual-clutch PowerShift gearbox as standard. Whether or not Americans would get the option of a 5-speed stick is up in the air, and the UK’s optional 1.5-liter Duratorq diesel seems even less likely to make an appearance. We do expect to see SYNC 3 infotainment and plenty of active driver assists.
We’ll just have to wait to find out.