When Ford unveiled the EcoSport Concept at the New Delhi Auto Expo in January, we were smitten. A pint-sized, good-looking CUV with thrifty engines could do well here in the States. Brazil's Noticias Automotivas has caught what looks like a production EcoSport sans camo before it undergoes crash testing and, as promised, it looks little changed from the showcar.

The sparkly LED-powered headlights are gone but everything else seems to be very close to what design boss J Mays told us about in New Delhi. The final version is expected to come with two engine options: the 1.6-liter Sigma and the 2.0 liter Duratec.

Despite Ford's plans to expand the EcoSport beyond Brazil, we're not hopeful it'll be sold in North America, as we've heard Blue Oval executives dismiss the Fiesta-sized CUV as too small. Be sure to check out Noticias Automotivas for additional photos of the new EcoSport.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not too small, Ford! You have THREE $28-30K CUVs. Three! Give us a smaller bone, please!
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could definitely see this being a hit here in the US. Almost all the former "cute-utes" (like the RAV4, CRV, Escape, etc) have grown larger and larger. There are few of them that size any more. With the new Escape looking pretty darn huge now that its the same as the Euro Kuga, this would fit in the USDM lineup for Ford fairly well.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK Ford. Show the truck at the auto shows. Get feedback. With fuel prices the way they are, you just might have a big hit in your hands. Ford Logic or Ilogic? Take a chance. You won't that much money showing it off on the auto circuts. Hmm.......
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not bad, but Ford's design is starting to slip after they started to overdo the Kinetic Design approach. I don't really like the new Escape and this as much as I like the Focus and Fiesta. I do, however, think they should sell this in the US anyway, perhaps with an extra ground clearance option for those of us in the rust belt. I'll wait to see what kind of gas mileage it gets.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ernesto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beyond Brazil, the EcoSport is also hughely popular in Argentina.
      fcarlo17
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something doesn't work here in the looks department.. I can't figure what exactly though.
        Gilly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fcarlo17
        Proportions maybe?..wheels look small as hell for the size of the vehicle...(haha, the headlight looks as wide as the wheels)
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's something about compact car-based CUVs like this and the Buick Encore that makes them look absolutely enormous when alone, of course being brought back into perspective when dwarfed by "real" crossovers. Maybe it's the small but somewhat knobbly tires, or the fact that they are so upright. Anyways, I have to say the styling doesnt do it justice either, it almost looks like the black lower cladding belongs to another vehicle entirely and was stuck underneath the body, because if you remove it, and drop the car down that amount, it would look like a decent hatch, a Fiesta with mature, aggressive styling. But right now it looks like it's a restyled Fiesta on cheap plastic stilts.
      Woodycarsite
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford says this is too small? What about the Buick Encore that will be sold in the US in a matter of months? They should rethink their final decision or ask Autoblog what their readers want. I will.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Woodycarsite
        too small?, we're not all fat.
        Sgt Beavis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Woodycarsite
        I think Ford is paying close attention to how well the Encore does in the US..
      Richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      How do you fit those big Brazilian butts in this thing?
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a nice looking ride! They should give this the Fusion treatment and offer it in all sort of different energy variants like electric, gas, hybrid, ecoboost etc.
      • 2 Years Ago
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