When Ford first introduced the EcoSport, the company’s smallest SUV, it was only made available in markets outside the U.S. While drivers in Europe, India, and Russia were able to try this innovative new sports utility vehicle, up until now American drivers were left to wonder what driving the EcoSport was really like.
Now that’s about to change, as Ford has announced that a revamped version of the EcoSport will be made available in the United States in 2017. To mark the occasion, the Bloomington Ford team thought we’d take a look at what makes the 2017 EcoSport such a big deal.
What Is the Ford EcoSport?
First, let’s take a look at what exactly the 2017 Ford EcoSport has to offer drivers. The EcoSport is a small crossover SUV that uses Ford’s global “B” architecture – meaning it shares a general design with the Ford Fiesta, though the EcoSport is a bit larger than its sister vehicle.
The EcoSport was launched in other parts of the world as far back as 2012, with the official model being made available in 2013. In the European market, three different varieties of the engine were made available, including a diesel engine.
The idea behind the EcoSport was to offer global consumers a simple and inexpensive SUV, one that was especially suited for emerging markets. On that front, the EcoSport was a success – Ford sold lots of these vehicles in the markets in which it was available.
The success of the original version of the EcoSport inspired Ford to release a more upscale version in the European market, putting it in direct competition with popular small SUVs like GM’s Opel Mokka and the Buick Encore. This improved version is the one on which the new U.S version of the EcoSport will be based.
Given the huge sales increases that vehicles similar to the EcoSport have seen in the last few years, the time for this innovative SUV to arrive on American shores has arrived.
EcoSport Comes to America in 2017
While we don’t yet have the exact details of what the American version of the EcoSport will include, we can look at what was included in the latest European version for a general idea of what it will offer. Engine options include a 1.6-liter four-cylinder (120 horsepower), a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo (123 horsepower), and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (160 horsepower).
Along with multiple engine options, the EcoSport will likely be available in multiple upscale trims, such as the “Titanium” and “Titanium Sport” models. For an idea of what this will look like, the Fiesta and Focus provide good counterparts that suggest what the different versions will and won’t include.
While the exact date of the EcoSport’s arrival in the U.S. hasn’t yet been announced, we know that it will be available in 2017, with a probable price point of between $24,000 and $26,000.
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