Ford Ecosport discontinued, leaving nothing however an echo in small crossover historical past
Pronounced “EH-co sport” as in “mEH”, the subcompact crossover lacked the “Eco” bona fides steered by its identify. With front-wheel-drive, it earned an EPA-rated 27 mpg metropolis, 29 freeway, 28 mixed. Out there all-wheel drive lowered it to 25 mpg mixed. Regardless of trailing the higher effectivity of many different entry-level small crossovers, the 2021 Ford Ecosport’s thrifty gasoline economic system was one of the best ranking section in its general TCC Score of three.5 out of 10. (Learn extra about how we fee vehicles.)
“The 2021 Ford Ecosport small crossover forsakes its identify and does not supply a lot by means of driving pleasure or effectivity,” we wrote in our newest assessment of the perennial underperformer. The shortage of ordinary security options, a dim 4.2-inch show display screen with out smartphone compatibility, and a 123-hp turbo-3 made it exhausting to understand.
Ford’s resolution to discontinue the Ecosport was precipitated by shuttering its plant in India, the place the Ecosport was made, and redirecting these assets to engineering and expertise.
Fashionable in Brazil, the Ecosport reached a excessive level in its second full yr of gross sales with 67,708 fashions offered in 2019, in keeping with The Free Press. The numbers dipped in 2020, and plummeted greater than 25% from its excessive within the first half of this yr because the subcompact SUV market bloomed.
Ford additionally launched the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport late final yr within the small crossover section. A number of automakers promote two fashions within the small crossover section, changing in latest yr the subcompact sedans and hatchbacks as an entry-level alternative for consumers. Preliminary choices such because the Chevy Trax, Buick Encore, and Mazda CX-3 have been supplanted by barely bigger autos higher suited to American tastes, together with the brand new Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX, and Mazda CX-30. The CX-3 was discontinued this yr, and the Trax and Encore are anticipated to comply with the pack into automotive historical past.
The Ecosport will keep it up as a 2022 mannequin till halfway by subsequent yr.