We should get back to Escape, but let me participate in the OT EcoSport conversation for a bit.
The Fiesta (AFAIK
) Does not have a new platform ready, I suspect we may see a shrunk version of the new Focus platform show up, but I would expect that to be the mid-2020 gen Fiesta, not the one that should show up in 2018.
Ford has been awfully quiet about the Fiesta development lately. There is zero chance Fiesta is going away, but we need to start hearing rumblings of development, mules, and prototypes.
The EcoSport was built using the old foruma for miro-utes: "make the interior taller." That makes for spacious cabin, but awkward experior. The HRV and CX-3 have bodies almost identically tall as the Fit/Jazz and Mazda2 they are based on -- simply reshaped to look SUV-y and lifted 2 inches off the ground. In essence, the EcoSport is Forrester, and the HR-V is the Crosstrek. CrossTrek and Forrester represent this duality ver well -- same Impreza platform, different approaches to making an SUV from a car.
Ford has plenty of leeway to take the CrossTrek/HRV route in the next EcoSport Top hat and making it less tall on the inside, and thus look less top-heavy. That alone would make it a better seller in EU/NA, thought question is how it would impact sales in SA and Asia. Finally, niceties like dampened glove-box are foot notes in development, they are decided purely on market positioning, and can even vary from one market to another (look at Fiesta's interior that can be quite cheap in S, and down-right luxurious in SES; VW does similar tricks with their cheap cars.).