And if so, is it one you should care about?
According to a report by Automotive News, Ford will introduce the EcoSport subcompact SUV to the North American market before the 2016 LA Auto Show. The EcoSport has never been sold in North America and would be a completely new model here. This rumor was started by rap artist DJ Khaled on Snapchat. In his Snapchat video, Khaled said, “Monday I’m introducing the Ford EcoSport. It’s going to be a world premiere with the new Ford EcoSport.” A Ford spokesperson confirmed the release.
The EcoSport has been on sale for a while in Europe, and the company has expressed interest in bringing the subcompact model to the North American market. The car is sold in a number of countries already with various powertrains ranging from 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the largest power plant available. If the EcoSport was sold in the US we doubt that it would pack a three-cylinder engine. We wouldn't be surprised if Ford utilized other engines from the Fiesta on which the baby SUV is based. We also wouldn't be shocked to see it get the Fiesta ST's 1.6-liter EcoBoost unit with 197 hp as the US market demands more power from SUVs.
The EcoSport may not be our first choice when it comes to foreign forbidden fruit suddenly becoming available stateside, but any time we get to taste forbidden fruit we don't complain. If it comes with the Fiesta ST's engine and a six-speed manual transmission we'll make like Creed and welcome it with arms wide open.