As Ford Authority reported earlier this month, the Ford EcoSport will only be on sale in the U.S. through mid-2022 following the automaker’s decision to cease its manufacturing operations in India and discontinue the EcoSport in that market. However, Ford will continue to produce the crossover at the Ford Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania for the European market, and Ford Authority has learned from sources familiar with the 2022 Ford EcoSport launch that the new model year will bring one key change to the lineup.
The most notable change is FoMoCo’s decision to drop its 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 from the lineup, making the 2.0L I-4 the crossover’s sole engine option for 2022. For the 2021 model year, the I-3 is standard on S, SE, and Titanium trims, while the SES comes standard with the I-4. Previously, it cost an additional $1,595 to add the I-4 to S-trimmed EcoSport models, $1,500 for the SE, and $1,450 for the Titanium.
The 2022 Ford EcoSport will also come standard with all-wheel drive, following the 2022 Ford Edge – as Ford Authority reported back in August. As more and more new utility buyers opt for all-wheel drive, some automakers – including Mazda and Subaru – have chosen to make it standard across the respective crossover and SUV lineups.
The 2018-2021 EcoSport was exclusively paired with Ford’s I-3 with front-wheel drive, while the I-4 was sold in conjunction with all-wheel drive, which is what led to all-wheel drive becoming standard equipment for the 2022 model year.
On sale in various other markets since 2003, the Ford EcoSport launched in the U.S. in late 2017, with sales totaling 54,348 in 2018, 67,708 in 2019, and 60,544 in 2020. However, EcoSport sales have plunged 22 percent this year compared to the same time period last year, leading to Ford’s decision to discontinue the model in the U.S.