Ford took the covers off the North American version of the EcoSport in LA, adding the subcompact SUV to its US range.
The new Ford EcoSport is a facelifted version of the global model we know, with the company redesigning mostly the front end which was one of the most controversial areas of the original model.
The new look does make the EcoSport a much better fit into Ford’s SUV range while the cabin layout is also completely new, with a fresh dashboard design and the company’s latest SYNC3 infotainment system packed in an 8-inch touchscreen display.
The available engine range for the US market will include the turbocharged 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine and a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre unit that will be paired exclusively with AWD. Both engines will be mated to a standard six-speed automatic gearbox. Ford didn’t mention any figures yet, but we expect them to do so in a closer to launch date.
The cabin will also benefit from a range of attractive features, including a 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play audio system, seven ambient lighting options, HD Radio technology, SiriusXM satellite radio and a dual FM radio antenna that boosts the range and clarity of FM signals.
The new Ford EcoSport will be available in no less than 10 exterior colors and four trim levels – S, SE, SES and the range-topping Titanium. The SES trim level will offer AWD, sports-tuned suspension and bold styling details like bold copper accents for the interior and sport seats.
Ford will start selling the new EcoSport in early 2018, where it will go against models like the Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade and the Chevrolet Trax.