Unsurprisingly, it was crossover craze at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Multiple crossover vehicles shared the spotlight in the city of angels, but there was an important vehicle in attendance for Ford.
The Ford EcoSport will plug a major void in the portfolio and has slapped a target square on the back of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax. How do they stack up on paper?
One of the most important aspects of this segment is a small overall footprint with plenty of space for cargo. Ford states the 2018 EcoSport will arrive with 11.76 cubic-feet of cargo space. That figure is utterly minuscule compared to the 2017 Chevy Trax, which can house 18.7 square feet of junk in the trunk. Interestingly, the EcoSport’s hatch also opens outward inside of up.
Where the two subcompact crossovers differ is in the powertrain department. Ford Authority reports the EcoSport will arrive with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo; the Trax rolls with just a 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.
Ultimately, these two crossovers have identical buyers in their sights. Whether one will be more successful than the other remains to be seen. Don’t forget, though, the Trax has had quite the head start and sales continue to climb for the crossover.