Ford confirmed to Automotive News that it would unveil the EcoSport ahead of next week's . Ford's relying on exuberant rapper DJ Khaled to help unveil the car, and it appears that a Snapchat post of his may have given away the surprise.
The EcoSport is a subcompact crossover based on Ford's global B-car platform, which underpins the Ford Fiesta and a few cars we don't get in the US, like the Ka and the B-Max. That's why I used the HR-V as a point of comparison, since Honda's littlest guy is based off the subcompact Fit sedan platform.
Since the EcoSport is a global car, its powertrains vary by region. It packs everything from a 1.0-liter turbocharged I3 to a 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4. It can equip both manual and automatic transmissions, which is a delightful thing to see. Diesel variants exist, too, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say Ford won't screw with diesel in the US.
It's unclear whether the US will receive the current, second-generation EcoSport (seen in pictures here) or a new, third generation. We'll find out on Monday, November 14.
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