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I think a name change actually makes sense. Main reason, the EcoSport has gotten such negative press.
Some might not be able to accept this but the updated EcoSport is actually one of the top selling subcompact SUVs in Europe. I think it's in the top 4 of 20 plus models in its segment in Europe.

Here's the funny thing, in Europe the upright Ecosport outsold models with hot hatch/ coupe-ish sloping rooflines like the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, Kia Stonic, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3 etc. At the end Ford will move to this look (upcoming Puma) which will probably compromise rear headroom.


Ford is working on two versions of its next subcompact crossover SUV.

The one with a longer wheelbase with five lugs (upcoming Puma?)….



…and the shorter wheelbase model with 4 lugs

*compared to the other mule, the rear wheels are closer to the door and there is no rear body extension.

Both LWB and SWB mules have the same front modifications with a raised grille opening and split-bottom openings (this is seem on the recent Puma spy photos). I guess this gives us a hint that both will have the same basic front end styling.
 

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EcoSport in the short list of the best seller subcompact SUVs in Europe?


Not really


The first 4 are :


Renault Captur
Peugeot 2008
Dacia Duster
Fiat Panda


The EcoSport is not in the list of the 30 best seller cars of Europe in 2018... Only the Ford Fiesta, Focus and Kuga made this list.
 

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EcoSport in the short list of the best seller subcompact SUVs in Europe?


Not really


The first 4 are :


Renault Captur
Peugeot 2008
Dacia Duster
Fiat Panda

The Chevy Spark-sized Fiat Panda is an A-segment car, not a B-segment car. The Fiat 500X is the B-segment Fiat CUV/SUV.

The EcoSport comes in at 6th, it's 5th place if you exclude the C-segment-sized CH-R which is a reskinned lifted Corolla hatchback.

I have some November 2018 European subcompact SUV sales figures.
Dacia Duster: 14,595 units
Peugeot 2008: 13,612 units
Renault Captur: 12,862 units
VW T-Roc: 11,074 units
Toyota CH-R: 10,693 units
Ford EcoSport: 9,476 units
Others...
Seat Arona: 8,638 units
Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X: 8,268 units
Opel/Vauxhall Mokka: 8,176 units
Hyundai Kona: 6,692 units
Fiat 500X: 6,469 units
Jeep Renegade: 6,225 units
Suzuki Vitara: 5,381 units
Mazda CX-3: 5,033 units
Citroen C4 Cactus: 4,316 units
Kia Stonic: 3,754 units
Nissan Juke: 3,621 units
Suzuki S-Cross: 2,561 units
Honda HR-V: 1,375 units
Kia Soul: 741 units (sometimes listed with CUVs/SUVs)
SsangYong Tivoli: 473 units
 

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The Chevy Spark-sized Fiat Panda is an A-segment car, not a B-segment car. The Fiat 500X is the B-segment Fiat CUV/SUV.

The EcoSport comes in at 6th, it's 5th place if you exclude the C-segment-sized CH-R which is a reskinned lifted Corolla hatchback.

I have some November 2018 European subcompact SUV sales figures.
Dacia Duster: 14,595 units
Peugeot 2008: 13,612 units
Renault Captur: 12,862 units
VW T-Roc: 11,074 units
Toyota CH-R: 10,693 units
Ford EcoSport: 9,476 units
Others...
Seat Arona: 8,638 units
Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X: 8,268 units
Opel/Vauxhall Mokka: 8,176 units
Hyundai Kona: 6,692 units
Fiat 500X: 6,469 units
Jeep Renegade: 6,225 units
Suzuki Vitara: 5,381 units
Mazda CX-3: 5,033 units
Citroen C4 Cactus: 4,316 units
Kia Stonic: 3,754 units
Nissan Juke: 3,621 units
Suzuki S-Cross: 2,561 units
Honda HR-V: 1,375 units
Kia Soul: 741 units (sometimes listed with CUVs/SUVs)
SsangYong Tivoli: 473 units

You say it. November. Not the entire 2018. And by November is the number 6.

Whatever, is selling well considering is a mediocre and old product designed for emerging markets. I am sure the replacement will be better.
 

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This is a sure hit for Ford! And it has a full digital instrument panel! (the new Focus doesn´t have it).


This new crossover reminds me the Jaguar E-Pace.








More Puma pictures....








 

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Looks more like a Kia to me...so interesting, all the Sportage elements that showed up in the Escape are also here...

It sure looks better than the EcoSport and I hope they kill that asap in NA for this...
 

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Looks more like a Kia to me...so interesting, all the Sportage elements that showed up in the Escape are also here...

It sure looks better than the EcoSport and I hope they kill that asap in NA for this...

What? You have eyesight problems You should consult an ophthalmologist. The Puma is a crossover with a silhouette of a coupe, just like the E-Pace. The Kia is a traditional crossover, with a formal silhouette in the back.


The Kia:


 

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We need both the EcoSport and the Puma here.
The EcoSport has good offroad chops, and it should be redesigned to look it. The Puma is a great city CUV.


Offroad / City

EcoSport / Puma
Scout / Escape
Bronco / Edge &Explorer
BrocoXL / Expedition
 

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It's cute. I like it. I think it'd do well here in the US.
 

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Looks wise I prefer it over the new escape and with the mild hybrid it would also make for a great commuter, so of course now ford USA is all in on suvs and crossovers and no longer wants to sell me a car it is naturally not available in the states :(

No doubt if it finally does turn up over here the higher quality interior it has over the fiesta will be the first thing on the chopping block as it is de-contented just like all the other euro fords, where as the only thing that needs sending to the chopping block is the woeful Ecosport with the Puma taking its place.
 
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