The latest addition to the blue-oval lineup will be the Ford EcoSport.
It may well be new to the American current market for the 2018 product calendar year, but the Ford EcoSport is essentially a international current market crossover ultimately getting offered right here on Ford’s home turf.
With the EcoSport, Ford will re-use a nameplate that has been about considering the fact that the early 2000s, when it was utilized to a Brazilian-created, pint-dimension crossover. The version headed to the United States is centered on a product assembled in about 50 percent a dozen crops and offered in almost every single current market around the globe.
That stated, the EcoSport you can soon be ready to acquire in Chicago just isn’t very the identical as the a single in Chennai. Apparently, the U.S. is a single of the past areas to be made available the EcoSport as it has been on sale in particular markets considering the fact that 2013.
More: Examine our 2018 Ford EcoSport preview
Made to square off versus rivals like the Mazda CX-3 and the Chevrolet Trax, the EcoSport is a tiny five-seat crossover with minimal cargo area and a tight second row of seats. But its pint-dimension proportions make it decidedly town-oriented right here. Rather of a liftgate like its rivals, the EcoSport options a swing-out tailgate. In some markets, that tailgate has a spare tire festooned to it, but the American EcoSport does devoid of a spare. Which is not automatically unusual most rivals do devoid of a fifth wheel and tire as effectively.
World-wide current market EcoSports occur in at about 167 inches from head to toe, creating them very a bit smaller sized than the brand’s Escape. For comparison, the Escape is about a foot longer, with most of that area committed to the rear seat and the cargo space.
The EcoSport is centered on the Ford Fiesta’s platform, which need to give it nimble managing. Ford has not still in-depth full requirements for the American current market EcoSport, but we can anticipate to see a alternative between 1.-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder and 2.-liter naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder electrical power. Only the 4-cylinder product will be made available with all-wheel push. Both of those engines are mated completely to 6-pace computerized transmissions.
The 2018 EcoSport will be made available in 4 trim levels—S, SE, SES, and Titanium. The SES product involves a specially-tuned sport suspension and copper-tinted interior and exterior accents, but it is made available only with the 2.-liter engine and all-wheel push.
On the tech front, the EcoSport packs a great deal for a tiny vehicle. An 8.-inch touchscreen demonstrates off Ford’s up to date Sync 3 technique and the two Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10-speaker B&O Play audio technique will be integrated on the Titanium, as well.