Ford EcoSport

But does the EcoSport mean serious off-roading business? Of course not. Ford calls it an SUV, but curiously speaks of its “go-anywhere appeal,” as opposed to actual capability. Perhaps it’s a good thing that this little crossover is equipped with SYNC’s emergency-assistance system. In case its driver gets really lost in a confusing suburban landscape—or into an accident—the crossover pinpoints its location and notifies emergency services.

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The EcoSport will be sold in South America, India, and Europe, but there’s no word on a U.S.-market launch. The market for vehicles of its size is extremely price-sensitive. But if fuel prices take off, it is conceivable that Ford would sell it here, just like the other Fiesta-based vehicle, the C-Max hybrid subcompact people mover. In light of that and Ford’s recent global strategy, selling the EcoSport in the States makes some sense. But marketing and product positioning is a topographic nightmare, too; likely one even the EcoSport’s “go-anywhere” capability would struggle to traverse.

Ford EcoSport

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By Jens Meiners