We're not all that hopeful that the next generation Ford EcoSport will make its way to North America, but global markets ranging from Brazil to India should soon get their hands on a production version of this comely B-segment crossover.

It's too bad that the Fiesta-sized EcoSport isn't likely for our shores. We're liking the Kinetic look and wide stance, and we're guessing that the planned 1.0-liter EcoBoost mill should be both mildly entertaining and extremely efficient. And we're not the only ones that are impressed with the EcoSport.

As you might imagine, Ford chief designer J Mays sounds positively smitten with the Blue Oval's newest crossover creation, and he recently spent some time on camera to give an in-depth look at the concept's finer design points. Hit the jump to watch the video for yourself.



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      EVnerdGene
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow, it's almost the little sports car of FUVs does ECO now mean "Down-sized" (or reasonably sized)
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Not necessarily! Not much downsizing going on in the headline here: "New 36-Gallon Fuel Tank on 2012 Ford F-150 EcoBoost 4x4 Lets Customers Drive Up to 756 Miles on One Tank of Gas" http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35341
          EVnerdGene
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          so what does ECO mean when Ford uses it to describe their vehicles ? ECO = Extra Carbon Output ECO = Extreme Carbonaceous Odor ECO = Extraordinary Climate Orifice ECO = Extraordinary Colon Orifice
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Especially now that the ranger is dead! :(
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          @EVnerd I would doubt the colon one... In all seriousness, ignoring whether the extra MPG on smaller size is good for the envirionment or not, remember, Ford won the 'Green Marketing' award...so I would assume this is a part of marketing. GM, for example, does surprisingly well on MPG on some of their older engines - if you look at a 1990's Buick Century - it hit numbers as good, or better than a VW Golf. However, oddly, they chose to rarely market that fact. Ford may not have hybrid only models like Toyota (they will soon), so they do not have the same rolling billboards, but, that doesn't mean that they can't thump their chest on any tiny improvement. I imagine GM is really annoyed about that. Of course, GM has ONE car (the Volt) and that gets 10 times more press (good and bad) than Ford does.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks to me as though this shape has been chosen not only because it is fashionable, but because it gives a good base for hybridisation/electrification which the base Fiesta is a bit too low-down to fit the batteries and so on in easily.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      not green
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        This may fall under the 'every little bit helps' category. No, certainly not a paradigm shift, but a 1 liter engine versus a 6.2 liter v8.... For my 'needs' I would like to see a small, cheap (because I am cheap) pickup or SUV, that has mild towing capabilities. I look at f-150's and just don't ha e the desire for something that big, regardless of fuel economy. I am not saying that out of a desire to dance in a circle with endangered animals on the side of a hill with a bong in the center, singing kumbayah (well I was called a hippie), but just what I want. And actually, a little aero (!) would hurt as well.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has a big stupid grill and big bulging wheel wells to make it look muscular and tough like a gas wasting SUV. We refined the design by adding unnecessary creases. We made the headlights look like the car is wearing glasses because I like glasses. We made a smaller car that looks fat so that it could accommodate American waistlines while appealing to their misconceptions.
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Nice rant except this wont be sold in the USA. So I guess it's the misconceptions of the rest of the world.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          We'll get the 2013 Ford Escape, which looks like a jacked-up Focus. http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/1111_2013_ford_escape/photo_01.html
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @throwback
          was going to comment that I liked the idea of a small ute like this, but won't now! :D
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most people in most countries can't get SUVs, as the roads are too crowded and petrol too expensive. So they go for CUVs which look a bit like SUVs but are a lot smaller. The Nissan Qashqui started the trend, and it sells phenomenally well so of course the rest have followed suit. I don't have a down on them, as they are spacious for their wheel base, easy for the increasing numbers of old people to access, and have room for batteries for electric/plug in hybrid versions. OK, they may not suit hypermiling purists, but I reckon they are a pretty good compromise.
      winc06
      • 2 Years Ago
      I almost laughed out loud when he talked about the aerodynamics. Tall car with a flat front and a big grill is not aerodynamic. I guess since the retirement of his disastrously failed Thunderbird design J Mays has been demoted to sales flack for whatever Ford wants to push.
      Mike Dimmick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a jacked-up Fiesta. Ford of Europe still sells the previous version of this, called a Fusion, but of course that name is used by the mid-size sedan in the US. The European Fusion is looking dated.
        Mike Dimmick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Dimmick
        HowManyLeft.com, which gives UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency statistics of different car models, shows that there are currently (as of Q3 last year) 105,589 on the roads and 696 registered as off-the-road (SORN, Statutory Off-Road Notification). http://www.howmanyleft.com/combined/ford_fusion The 'New Registrations' tab shows about 10,000 sold per year. Comparing with Fiestas is a bit tricky as the Fiesta name has been in use for over 35 years, and the combined stats list every one of them that's still running (i.e. not been scrapped). The individual stats are broken down by the name used on the vehicle registration form, which includes vehicle grade and sometimes engine size, including marketing names like 'Azure' and 'Black'. Again, though, the New Registrations tab shows ~100,000 per year.
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