2016 Ford EcoSport Loses Exterior Spare Wheel, Gets Equipment and Handling Updates

Ford has finally started doing something about the EcoSport, a car that has received some of the poorest reviews we’ve seen in a long time.

On the occasion of the Geneva Motor Show, Ford announced updates in terms of styling, equipment and drive dynamics for its smallest SUV, which for the first time will be available without a rear-mounted spare wheel.

On vehicles without the spare wheel, the rear swing-gate has been revised to allow for easier partial opening where space is limited.

For the interior, Ford says it made “subtle and stylish” improvements, including a restyled instrument cluster with chrome surround, light dimming function, and chrome tips for window switches. Thicker sound deadening materials were also added in the doors and dashboard, as well as tighter seals around the pedals.

In terms of equipment, Ford has introduced a Winter Pack, which includes heated windscreen, heated mirrors and heated front seats. The EcoSport will also be available later this year with a satnav system and Rear View Camera.

The EcoSport’s driving dynamics were also taken care of, as Ford retuned the suspension with a revised rear twist beam as well as revised spring and damper rates for chassis optimization. Although it’s an SUV, the EcoSport now sits 10mm closer to the ground for an improved handling. Ford also optimized the Electronic Stability Control and power steering systems.

The EcoSport’s powertrains have been upgraded to EU6.1 emission standard, with the result being that the diesel engine gained 5PS. Furthermore, reduced gearbox torque truncation in lower gears provides more available torque for both EcoBoost and TDCi diesel.

All these updates are showcased on the EcoSport S in Geneva, a sporty version featuring a Deep Impact Blue body color, black roof without roof rails, mirror caps, unique 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear diffuser element and privacy glass.


Massive Accident Involving Multiple Vehicles Is Scary To Watch

A driver lost control and caused a multiple vehicle collision in Votkinsk, Russia.

Previous-Gen Ford GT Gets A Colossal 2,000+ WHP Tuning Job

If that sounds too much, there’s a ‘mild’, 1,150 WHP tune that costs $35,000.

Can The 707hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Squares Beat The Tesla Model X P100D?

Can Jeep’s insane Grand Cherokee Trackhawk succeed where the Lamborghini Urus failed?.

BMW Will Not Bring New 3-Series Sports Wagon To The USA

U.S. consumers flocking to crossovers and SUVs have put the last nail in the estate’s coffin.

Chrysler Explored A Mid-Engine Dodge Viper In The 1990’s

The car never reached production, but it helped to spawn the 2005 Ford GT.

Pininfarina’s 1,900 HP Electric Hypercar Will Be Called Battista

The name is obviously an homage to Pininfarina founder Battista “Pinin” Farina.

Finnish Tech Firm Intends To Make All In-Car Surfaces ‘Smart’

Developed in collaboration with Continental, the 3D touch surface won an award at the 2018 CES.

2020 VW Jetta GLI Will Reportedly Be Unveiled In Chicago

The performance-oriented Jetta GLI is expected to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 220 hp.

Elderly Driver Hits Truck, Then Confuses Accelerator With The Brake

The woman accelerated up the street in reverse and eventually hit a telephone pole.

2020 VW Passat Is A Heavily Updated Version Of The Current Model Without A V6 Engine

Volkswagen is playing it safe by giving North American customers a heavily updated version of an eight year old sedan.