Ford to unveil EcoSport crossover for North American market next week

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Ford announced plans to reveal the EcoSport on it's Twitter account and said the vehicle will be shown at an event headlined by DJ Khaled - a Miami-based hip-hop producer who has become famous for mini-esoteric discussions on Snapchat.

The Dearborn automaker also confirmed that the EcoSport is one of four all-new SUVs it plans to launch globally over the next four years.

The EcoSport is now built in China, Thailand, Russia, Brazil, and India, with plans to build some in Romania next year.

For some time now, numerous publications (including our own) have deduced that the European Ford EcoSport crossover utility vehicle must be bound for sale in the USA, as indicated by several sightings of the pint-sized CUV testing on American roads.

Ford did not say where it would build the EcoSport that it will sell in the U.S.

The facelift version of EcoSport is anticipated to carry a hexagonal grille with redesigned headlamps as well as tail lights, restructured bumpers, as well as new alloy wheels. The new EcoSport will sport a new dashboard design and will come loaded with an all new SYNC3 touch-screen infotainment system, automatic climate control and leather seat upholstery along with a few new features.

The crossover is built in Brazil, India, Thailand and Russian Federation.

The 2017 EcoSport will be powered by a new 1.5 litre "Dragon" three-cylinder petrol engine and is expected to be paired to an AWD (All-Wheel Drive) system. While the 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine produces 110 BHP of power and 140 Nm of torque, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine produces 124 BHP of power and 170 Nm of peak torque.

The EcoSport was first introduced in 2003 in Brazil, followed by a second-generation global model in 2012 (pictured). Once launched, the new EcoSport will compete against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra TUV300 and the Mahindra NuvoSport.

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