|2014 Ford EcoSport|
This new B-segment crossover, which is based on the popular Ford Fiesta, will go on sale in Europe with SYNC AppLink, which is enabling voice control on smartphone applications, SYNC emergency assistance, automatically connecting to local emergency services in the event of a crash and some other interesting features. Interestingly, the EcoSport was designed and engineered primarily by Ford of Brazil, where the EcoSport has been on sale for some time.
The European version of the Ford EcoSport has been unveiled at a show in Barcelona, Spain, and the above official Ford photo is providing a first look into the production model which will go on sale in Europe later on this year as a 2014 model. Rumors are saying that the Ford EcoSport will get a 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine under its hood, in two outputs, 100 HP and 120 HP, along with a 1.5 liter diesel. There have been EcoSport variants shown with Ford's 2.0 liter Ecoboost 4 cylinder engine as well, which would likely be the engine used in any North American version of the EcoSport. The model will go on sale against the Nissan Juke, the Opel Mokka, and the Buick Encore (the Mokka's badge-engineered cousin in China and North America).
There are rumors in the press that the EcoSport could be moved upmarket with luxury appointments and sold ONLY as a Lincoln in the USA, clearly targeting the upscale Buick Encore as its competition. Lincoln is also launching another SUV based on the new Ford Escape later this year, which will be badged as the MKC - which will compete with the higher variants of GMC Terrain.
GM could also bring their current Chevrolet Trax mini-CUV to market in the USA - Chevy currently sells the Trax (which is also based on the Opel Mokka) in Canada and Mexico.
[Edited 2013-02-25 21:59:54]