Ford calls the Escape a "small utility," but small is a relative term. In countries such as India and Brazil, where small cars vie with scooters for space on crowded roads, the Escape is a leviathan.
So Ford has developed a smaller, Fiesta-based crossover called the EcoSport in Brazil for global markets. Now executives are hinting that it may bring the EcoSport to the United States.
"We certainly have that ability. We're studying it very, very closely," said Jim Farley, global boss of sales, marketing, service and Lincoln.
Farley said the growth of crossovers in global markets is one of the biggest trends Ford is watching. Sales have grown 35 percent since 2005, he said.
The EcoSport, sold in 10 countries this year, will be sold in 62 countries by 2017, Farley said. Ford has big growth plans for other crossovers. The Edge, now sold in 16 countries, will be sold in 40 by 2017.