Shortly after announcing that it will cease its manufacturing operations in India and discontinue the Ford EcoSport in that market last year, FoMoCo also confirmed that it will stop selling the much-maligned crossover in America in mid-2022 as well. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the final 2022 Ford EcoSport models will be produced on May 29th, 2022, though that is a targeted date that is subject to change.
Meanwhile, order books for the 2022 Ford EcoSport closed back in January, signaling the beginning of the end for the crossover. A refreshed EcoSport was reportedly in the works for India with plans to launch last year, but FoMoCo’s decision to shutter production at the Ford Chennai Assembly Plant this year effectively ended those plans. However, even though it will no longer be sold in India and the U.S., Ford says that it will continue to produce the crossover at the Ford Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania for the European market.
In the meantime, the EcoSport has received a few notable changes for the 2022 model year. The crossover has dropped Ford’s 1.0L EcoBoost I-3 from the lineup, making the 2.0L I-4 the EcoSport’s sole engine option, and it will also come standard with all-wheel drive, as Ford Authority reported back in September. Meanwhile, the 2022 EcoSport also received a minor price increase of $50 across all trims, as Ford Authority reported last month, while destination charges have also increased by $50 – from $1,245 in 2021 to $1,295 for the 2022 model year.
The EcoSport has been the target of some harsh criticism in recent years, including, most recently, a second-place ranking on Consumer Reports‘ 10 Least Satisfying Cars Survey, which is based on the latest data from the consumer organization’s members.