2018 Ford EcoSport Subcompact SUV Coming To USA With 1.0L And 2.0L Engines

The US version of Ford’s tiny EcoSport SUV made an appearance on the web today, including on Motor1 and other forums, ahead of its motor show debut in Los Angeles this Wednesday.

North America’s 2018 EcoSport is the facelifted version of the global model that’s produced in various parts of the world, including Brazil, India and Thailand. It’s unclear where the North American vehicle will be built, but Mexico does sound plausible.

Positioned below the Escape in Ford’s crossover and SUV lineup, the EcoSport will go up against the Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade and Nissan Juke in the increasingly competitive subcompact SUV segment, where sales have more than doubled over the past couple of years.

From a quick look at the images posted, it seems that the 2018 EcoSport, which will most probably reach other markets next year as the facelifted model, has adopted a front that mimics the latest Escape and Kuga SUVs with a single (instead of double) grille, together with changes to the bumpers, lights and wheels.

We didn’t see any pictures of the interior, but Ford’s PR says that it inherits Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment tech that works with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, coupled to an eight-inch touch screen, with a premium 675-watt B&O PLAY audio system also being available.

The EcoSport will arrive in the USA in early 2018 in four trim level offerings named, S, SE, SES and Titanium, 10 colors, and a choice of two gasoline engines, a 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost, or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, both paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmissions. The bigger engine gets Ford’s Intelligent 4WD as standard.

Placing the specs aside, there’s a looming question whether Ford has addressed all the criticisms in regards to quality and handling, especially in Europe where journalists found the EcoSport severely lacking compared to the competition. Autocar’s Matt Prior wrote that last year’s revised EcoSport’s “perceived quality is regrettable, its diesel powertrain is rough and flat, and its chassis is so rudimentary that it could even damage Ford’s prized reputation for dynamic excellence.”

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  • ME

    Hopefully Trump will prevent Mexican production and let Ford spend a little more to help the American worker.

    • Matt

      Then Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, BMW, and Mercedes can pull out of US production and focus on local production instead.

      • ME

        I like the idea of buying a German made BMW (well what’s left of today’s German population) and a Japanese made Honda.

  • ME
    • Miknik

      God that stereo is horrible….. I guess at least Hyundai can now be happy, no longer the worst application of the “tablet” look in the new i30….

  • cd cd

    In reality, the American consumer does not care about where final assembly takes place. Trump is in his own fantasy reality world and does not stand a chance to stop manufacturers from locating in Mexico. Mexican made cars, by the way, are very well asssembled and of high quality.

    • ME

      Please don’t pander leftist ideology on to others. Not all feel the way you do. Others may care where it’s made.

      • cd cd

        Who appointed you Supreme Dictator??

        • ME

          90% of the dictators that have come to power are or were from the left. The same ideology you stand for and want for others. NOT ME.

        • ME

          I did now fuck off

  • Ilbirs

    This generation, the Mk2 now restyled, maybe is being launched now in U.S. (firstly it was in India and after that in Brazil) just now maybe using the American market as a testbed for what it’ll be needed for the Mk3 to thrive in Ford’s homeland. Looks to me a bit like what happened to Honda when in 2006 started selling the first-gen Fit in the land of the free, five years after its introduction in Japan and three after starting the Brazilian production.
    Carscoops doesn’t know from where it’ll be sourced and says Mexico is an option. Maybe it’s a possibility, as this SUV use basically the same Fiesta Mk6 underpinnings (Ford B platform) with a slight increase in the wheelbase (2.52 m or 99.3 in against 2.49 m or 98 in of the small hatchback). Remember Ford’s Rumanian plant, that builds the B-Max minivan (same platform), starting the production of the Ka Mk3. This unit will also build the Eco for European market, after a lot of complaints about the poorly constructed Indian spec for export, and I’d put this as a valid source of where the North American spec is sourced from, due to the lack of a spare tire hanging on the trunklid, one of the characteristics of the Brazilian spec that also will be kept after restyling, as could be seen on the prototypes pictured.

  • raj

    I am more concerned about the pollution aspect if the engine is well built then I get a vehicle which will pollute my environment little bit less, I hope Ford has focused on that?

  • J

    I would buy this car if:
    1) I thought the HRV was too reliable.
    2) I thought the Soul was too cheap.
    3) I thought the Renegade was too off-road capable.
    4) I thought the 500X was too cute.
    5) I thought the Juke was too Japanese.
    6) I thought the CX-3 was too zoom-zoom.

    Oh, wait, trax already fills the spot for uninspired imported crap from a domestic automaker.

    Yawn.

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