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Ford will be debuting the redesigned EcoSport subcompact crossover next week in Los Angeles. This information was revealed by rapper DJ Khaled last night on Snapchat who would be helping out with the introduction.

“Monday I’m introducing the Ford EcoSport. It’s going to be a world premiere with the new Ford EcoSport,” said Khaled in the video.

A Ford spokeman comfirmed to Automotive News that they would be showing the EcoSport next week, but didn't say anything about a possible sales date.

The EcoSport is Ford's entrant in the growing subcompact crossover class. The crossover has been sold around the world since the introduction of the second-generation model back in 2013. Former CEO Alan Mulally said that the EcoSport would eventually come to the U.S.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)


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Ecosport is as bad as Ecoboost and or all the sky and blueteck names. 

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Jeez.. about time the US get this. It isn't for me but people love their CUVs and not having a itsy-bitsy one has to be hurting Ford a little.

57 minutes ago, FordCosworth said:

ford-ecosport-storm-630x368.jpgHow about a Rapotized EcoSport?

 

 

Honestly, the only thing that looks appealing on that is the Raptor-esque grill. The wheels are ugly and almost look too small for a reasonable brake package. The graphic is awful..

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1 hour ago, Wings4Life said:

Too small for me, but I see this class selling well.  So smart move by Ford.

What engine/trans combo would we be looking at here? I assume the 1.5T would be somewhere but there are usually 2 engine choices... the 1.0T..? I know this is small but is the 1.0T enough for the much less aero-slippery EcoSport?

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They will sell tons of them.  People want small crossovers.

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Well I am glad to hear this.  I am sure this new one will have a spare under the load floor instead of on the liftgate.  I am interested in seeing the new Fiesta and this Ecosport.

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It... .looks like a new Trax

But but... I know that it came out first in other countries before the new Trax came about. 

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It kinda does...  I wonder if it will have a couple of tiny Ecoboosts, or a larger, NA 4, as this new European trend indicates.  Ford might be the holdout, after all the money spent on EB.  Maybe the 1.5 EB, as has been said.

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This is what the updated EcoSport will look like in NA.  I think.

2017-Ford-EcoSport-facelift-Rendering-10

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Just now, ccap41 said:

The minor changes up front really make it look so much better than the Euro version.

My impression was that this would be a global change... so the Euro version would be updated to look like this also.

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Just now, Drew Dowdell said:

My impression was that this would be a global change... so the Euro version would be updated to look like this also.

That would make sense. I guess I should have worded it, " it looks so much better than the previous version" instead.

It's pretty crazy how it looks almost exactly like a baby Escape to me. I know the whole corporate family thing but still..

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I think this cute CUV thing is so overplayed, I think it's an ugly little runt, and it's playmates in the sandbox are all whelps too.

FORD-ECOSPORT-3.jpg

 

UGLY. Very UGLY. 

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13 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

My impression was that this would be a global change... so the Euro version would be updated to look like this also.

Agree with both here...

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On 11/11/2016 at 6:58 PM, Suaviloquent said:

I think this cute CUV thing is so overplayed, I think it's an ugly little runt, and it's playmates in the sandbox are all whelps too.

FORD-ECOSPORT-3.jpg

 

UGLY. Very UGLY. 

yeah, the small SUV thing is getting on my nerves actually.  Love the Encore though.

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Needs a 4" lift and 31" All-Terrain T/A tires.

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On 11/11/2016 at 7:58 PM, Suaviloquent said:

I think this cute CUV thing is so overplayed, I think it's an ugly little runt, and it's playmates in the sandbox are all whelps too.

FORD-ECOSPORT-3.jpg

 

UGLY. Very UGLY. 

But it's what people want...

Here's the deal though... I'm wondering if it will be a fad that wears off after a generation or two.  I'm 3 years into my Encore, it is a great little car, but even just a year into it we started realizing that we might have downsized too far.  We're absolutely moving up in size when it comes time for a replacement, though if I get the truck I want, the Encore may be replaced with a mid-size sedan instead. 

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I was looking at a '17 Trax LS AWD this afternoon on the local lot.  I actually thought I would need a Premiere, but there is so much stuff on the base model, except FOG LIGHTS of course, that a set of 16" black wheels and moderately knobby tires one size wider (215/70R16) would be fine I think.  $23k.  I'm thinking a single dude like myself with no cat... it would be fine, plus I like the fold flat front seat for extra long and girthy things.  If there is no GM Accessory foglamp kit, I am sure it is pre-wired for it, I would need the dash switch and the lamps and bezels at employee price.

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I showed my daughter the EcoSport pic, and she likes it.

'Hallelujah'!!!

We may have finally agreed on a vehicle together for her grad gift (she does not know when she will get it though).  She thinks it's 'cute.'  With AWD it could be a better option than what she has been asking for.

 

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7 hours ago, ocnblu said:

I was looking at a '17 Trax LS AWD this afternoon on the local lot.  I actually thought I would need a Premiere, but there is so much stuff on the base model, except FOG LIGHTS of course, that a set of 16" black wheels and moderately knobby tires one size wider (215/70R16) would be fine I think.  $23k.  I'm thinking a single dude like myself with no cat... it would be fine, plus I like the fold flat front seat for extra long and girthy things.  If there is no GM Accessory foglamp kit, I am sure it is pre-wired for it, I would need the dash switch and the lamps and bezels at employee price.

Dare I say you might want to stick with the truck here?  I just test drove a Trax, and while it is kinda nice, my old 93 Cavalier wagon felt bigger than this thing. One good thing that it does have going for it is that it is nice to be higher off the ground. You might change your mind after a few Lowes runs in it....I'm not even sure how it would do for camping..

It's one of the reasons I will not go smaller than the Nox/Escape in size, because you can still do more in it. These still remind me of my ol' s 10's size, still useful, but handles better than the big ones. Pretty sure I could get better use of a cruze sedan cub scout camping than a Trax....

Besides, if small cars continue to stay down for a while, you might even be able to add something like a sonic to your fleet for everyday driving.....8)

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      But the Santa Fe is soured by the turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine which appears to have two settings - slow off the line performance and unpredictable acceleration at higher speeds. Until Hyundai can figure out what is going on, stick with the base 2.4L four-cylinder. It may be a little bit underpowered, but at least it is more consistent in its power delivery.
      Disclaimer: Hyundai Provided the Santa Fe, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Hyundai
      Model: Santa Fe
      Trim: Ultimate
      Engine: Turbocharged 2.0L GDI 16-Valve DOHC CVVT Four-Cylinder
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, All-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 235 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 260 @ 1,450 - 3,500
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 19/24/21
      Curb Weight: 4,085 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Montgomery, Alabama
      Base Price: $38,800
      As Tested Price: $39,905 (Includes $980.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpeted Floor Mats - $125.00

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