Report – Ford’s smallest SUV to be sold in America from 2017 image

Subcompact crossovers are apparently starting to become fashionable in the United States as well – although they are small they’re also cheap and fun to drive.

And apparently, according to the latest report flying around the rumor mill, the latest automaker to join the ranks of this evolving segment is Ford – which seems ready to deliver the India-developed EcoSport model next year as a 2018 model year. Of course the EcoSport – which had a shaky debut in Europe (and was quickly updated to better suit tastes) – will reach the home continent in “clothes” that suit American consumer tastes. This means the need to use a larger engine, tune the throttle for a sharp response and even offer some design updates. A camouflaged model has been caught testing around the premises of Ford’s Dearborn headquarters and the latest report on the model puts the launch as close as next year.

The EcoSport is now in its second generation – the first one was originally a South American affair – and it has been developed under Ford’s Global product development process, which is why we’re lending credentials to the reports that put the Blue Oval company ready to make it available at home to its SU customers. But the EcoSport will also have to face a full range of rivals: Nissan Juke, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Fiat 500X and Chevy Trax, among others.

Via Automotive News