The Ford EcoSport is a compact CUV produced by Ford of South America and built in Brazil on the Ford Fiesta frame. The angle of entry @ 28 degrees and exit at 34 degrees make it ideal for rough roads and ruts encountered in both Central and South America. The 1.6 liter Rocam engine is the base model's engine in Brazil and Argentina. It is a FLEX fuel engine, using either unleaded gas or pure ethanol, or any combination thereof. Originally there was a turbo 1.1 liter that is now discontinued. If shopping in Argentina, you can pick from the 1.6 or 2.0 FLEX engines or the 1.4 Diesel. In Mexico, only the 2.0 liter is available. There is now a 4WD model with the 2.0 liter engine, but it only has a manual transmission. The automatic transmssion is only available on the 2.0 Duratec engine.
Because it is NOT sold in the U.S., EPA gas mileage estimates are NOT available. Drivers report similar experience to current European Fiesta mileage results. (Also not sold in the U.S. until the 2010 model year, and then with different power plants expected.) An estimate of the 1.6 base model running on gasoline under EPA tests would have to exceed the 22/27 of the Escape 4cyl 5-speed. Most likely, a 25/30 result could reasonalbly be expected. Wtih Ethanol, reduce the numbers by about 20%. However, the cost of pure ethanol can be close to half of gasoline, allowing even greater savings than running a car converted to Propane, a common practice in Latin America.
Similar to what Ford has done in the U.S. with Explorers, there is an XL+, XLS and XLT+ model. Typical Ford option packages are available. The typical tire size is 205/65-R15, but many off roaders upsize to 205/70 or 205/75's for more ground clearance.