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Ford's EcoSport subcompact CUV headed to U.S.?

The EcoSport was developed in Brazil from the Fiesta\'s platform.

With the subcompact crossover segment expected to heat up in coming years, it appears that Ford will likely bring its world market EcoSport CUV to the United States in the near future.

Engineered in Brazil and based off the Fiesta's platform, the EcoSport was originally slated to be sold in 62 countries, including China and India - but not the U.S. However, an Automotive News report suggests that the Blue Oval has changed its mind due to anticipated segment growth and will likely expand availability to these shores.

The current, second-generation EcoSport debuted last year with a trio of powertrains, including a 123-horsepower turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder, a 108-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an 89-horsepower 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine. Five-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions are offered. What powertrain permutations might make it the U.S. is currently a mystery.

Expected to arrive in the U.S. in 2016 or 2017, the EcoSport will do battle with upcoming models like the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Chevrolet Trax, in addition to the Kia Soul and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Due to potential confusion arising from the similarity to Ford's EcoBoost-branded motors, the EcoSport name will likely be replaced by another moniker.

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