2018 Ford EcoSport Tries To Pass As A New Subcompact SUV

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It took Ford some 4 years to facelift the second generation EcoSport, only to bill it as an entirely new model.

Show in Frankfurt, it continues to challenge the Nissan Juke, and others in the subcompact-SUV segment.

It builds upon its upcoming North American sibling, and comes with a more refined front end, a redesigned cabin inspired by the new Fiesta, and an ST-Line sporty flavor.

Those interested in the Euro-spec 2018 Ford EcoSport should know that it will become available with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, in three outputs - 100PS (99hp), 125PS (123hp), and 140PS (138hp), and with a 1.5-liter diesel, rated at 100PS (99hp) and 125PS (123hp).

The latter choice is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and comes with an optional all-wheel drive, returning 4.5 l/100 km (62.7 UK mpg / 52.3 US mpg), and emitting 119 g/km of CO2. A six-speed automatic transmission is also found on the options list.

Ford will put the 'new' EcoSport in production this fall, at their Craiova, Romania, plant, after retiring the B-Max. Sales are expected to start by the end of the year, and pricing has yet to be announced.

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