Ford confirmed this week that it would no longer offer the EcoSport in North America after it announced it would cease manufacturing vehicles at both of its plants in India., according to our sister site, Ford Authority. The Ford Sanand Assembly Plant builds the Ford Figo and will wind down by Q4 of 2021, while production at the Ford Chennai Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford EcoSport, Ford Endeavor and Ford Freestyle, will conclude at the end of Q2 next year.
While the U.S.-market Ford EcoSport will no longer be produced in light of the Chennai plant’s closure, Ford says that it will continue to produce the crossover at the Ford Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania for the European market.
In the U.S., the 2021 Ford EcoSport is offered with two engine options. The base engine is a 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder, which produces 123 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A naturally aspirated 2.0L engine is also available, which is rated at 166 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. The 1.0L engine is paired with a six-speed automatic is only offered with front-wheel drive, while the 2.0L engine is offered with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive only.
With the departure of the Ford EcoSport, the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore have one less rival to compete with in the hotly contested subcompact crossover space. Chevrolet Trax sales decreased 30.88 percent to 35,047 units through the first half of 2021, while Buick Encore sales decreased 37.15 percent to 15,255 units. Meanwhile, Ford EcoSport sales decreased 12.77 percent to 26,304 units in H1 2021.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Subcompact Crossovers - H1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||Q2 21 SHARE||Q2 20 SHARE||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20|
|BUICK ENCORE GX||9%||5%||+276.82%||44,679||11,857|
|MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT||3%||2%||+42.88%||23,983||16,785|
In addition to the Trax and Encore, GM also has more up-to-date, slightly larger subcompact offerings in the way of the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX. Trailblazer sales increased 621.68 percent to 48,367 units after the first half of 2021, while Encore GX sales increased 276.82 percent to 44,679 units.