Ford’s Baby SUV, The New EcoSport, Lands In The US

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.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    I really find it hard to believe that this will actually be competitive with the Honda FIt and HRV. It only has a chance if they can find some way to price it from 17 grand.

    • rover10

      These upgrades do improve the car considerably. The current design is left wanting both inside and out. The biggest complaints were aimed at the interior quality, and this has been addressed in the MK2. The revised frontend is more harmonised and in combination with new alloy wheels looks more the part. As for the competition, yes it very tough out there, but the revised Eco Sport is far better proposition than the model it replaces.

      • MarketAndChurch

        I hope you’re right. I’ve only seen mediocre reviews of this thing at best from European reviewers, so I don’t have high expectations at all. We’ll see… hopefully it’s no worse than a Jeep Renegade, which isn’t a terrible car(and I didn’t mind driving it around), but not a great one either.

        • rover10

          You are right to be wary, they didn’t get the first iteration right in a number a key areas. However, I think this revisit will address the main points of complaint.

  • Dennis Scipio

    The only reason they added the swing out door was when they had the spare tire on the rear, now i don’t think they should have kept that, rather swing up like a normal crossover.

  • Sebastien

    So ugly!

  • DBP

    Just no…

  • dumblikeyou2

    So, Ford, whatcha thinking this will cost, $30-35 grand? Ya know, totally over-priced like the Escape?

  • BqWsRe

    Bill Ford just talked to President-elect Trump and agreed to keep the Kentucky Lincoln plant in the U.S., not move it to Mexico as originally planned. Just like GM said it would move truck production back in the wake of the Trump win.

    The guy isn’t even sworn in and he is already making an impact. Great to see good jobs saved…Check Trump’s Twitter for breaking details.

    (Left-wing sore loser trolls please write something below…)

  • TheBelltower

    I don’t hate the interior design of the dashboard. Much better than the Escape. The exterior would be more truck-like and less like a third-world runabout if it had the external spare.

  • Ilbirs

    As I said before, maybe Ford is bringing the restyled Mk2 EcoSport to U.S. to use it as a test bed to know what the Mk3 will need to thrive in this part of the world that suddenly got in love with subcompact crossovers after GM started selling the Buick Encore and started a wave that already started years before in other parts of the world. Looks to me like what Honda did when released in 2006 the first-gen Fit in the U.S., five years after the Japanese release and three after starting the production in Brazil.

  • ME

    Ford beat Tata by importing the first Indian made vehicle to the US with the Ecosport.

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