Spied – Ford EcoSport spotted in USA ahead of possible launch

Posted on: Apr 30, 2014 - 11:36am IST

The Ford EcoSport was spotted in the USA recently by Burlappcar.com. Ford of America is seriously considering launching the EcoSport, with the company’s CEO, Alan Mulally, having told reporters at this year’s Detroit Motor Show that “in time, the EcoSport will be here (America)”.

Media interviews with Mark Fields, Ford’s current COO, suggest that Ford is eyeing the compact crossover segment in USA given its emergence over the last few years. Nissan has announced a refreshed Juke, while Honda revealed the HR-V (Vezel) at the New York Auto Show this month, both these cars being competitors to the EcoSport.

Spied in USA Ford EcoSport
The Ford EcoSport could launch in the USA “in time”.

The EcoSport, when launched in America, will be powered by the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. Ford got the attention of the American media (and international media) by transporting this engine block in a check-in bag at one of the American airports, just to prove how small this engine really is.

For the American market, Ford can choose to ship the EcoSport from its Brazilian facility, which is geographically the closest to the US. However, in all possibility, USA could get the EcoSport from Ford’s Chennai facility, given that this facility already exports the crossover to locations in Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. Ford’s plant in Rayong, Thailand is another facility which could bag the contract to supply EcoSports to the USA as it exports to neighbouring countries.

[Image from Burlappcar]

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3 thoughts on “Spied – Ford EcoSport spotted in USA ahead of possible launch

  1. AG4 says:

    @SK, no the EcoSport is not a remodelled Escape. The EcoSport is built on Ford’s Global-B segment platform used by the Fiesta, the Escape which is a twin of the European Kuga is built on Ford’s larger Global C-platform used by the Ford Focus and C-Max models.

  2. Jagadeesh says:

    Ford Escape is one of the finnest outfit model from Ford USA. They are planing to release Ford Escape in India very soon.

  3. SK says:

    Ford USA already have Ford Escape. Ford Ecosport is remodelled Ford Escape, isn’t it?


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