Ford’s Tiny EcoSport SUV Revealed Before Early 2018 U.S. Release

Just a few hours after surfacing online, the 2018 Ford EcoSport has been officially unveiled for the North American market ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Although Ford says the model is all-new, it is essentially just a facelifted version of the EcoSport available elsewhere in the world. Nevertheless, it acts as an interesting addition to Ford’s North American range and according to the brand, “is a perfect companion for those who believe in going small and living big”.

Customers of the 2018 EcoSport will be able to opt for either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine or a larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Ford hasn’t released technical specifications of these engines just yet but has confirmed that the 2.0-liter unit will come paired with a four-wheel drive system as standard. Both will then be coupled with six-speed automatic transmissions.

Despite the model’s small size, Ford has packed the cabin full with all of its latest technologies, including the new B&O Play audio system as standard on the EcoSport Titanium featuring 10 speakers and 675 watts of power. This audio system was developed in part by acoustic engineers from Harman and promises to provide an excellent listening environment.

Elsewhere, the EcoSport includes SiriusXM satellite radio, a dual FM radio antenna and HD Radio technology incorporated into Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. The 8-inch system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also found within the sub-compact SUV are two fast-charging USB ports, two 12-volt power outlets and a 110-volt outlet.

In total, customers will be able to opt between four different trim levels, the S, SE, SES and Titanium. All are offered with the same palette of 10 exterior color options as well as seven ambient lighting options. While the Titanium is the range-topper, the SES is the sportiest of the four and includes four-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension and steering as well as copper accents throughout the interior, including on the sport seats.

Ford says the EcoSport will arrive in local dealerships in early 2018. Prices have yet to be released.

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  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Not since the Chrysler Sebring has a manufacturer tried to force such an awful car on people.

  • rover10

    Much improved and not before time. Gone is the lamentably bad interior to be replaced by a totally modern, and useable, instrument panel. I’m sure there are elements of the new Fiesta due next year, in the this panel. The exterior looks more harmonised, and projects the general image of the rest of Fords SUV lineup. The original styling had virtually no ‘Ford corporate styling notes.’
    In established markets, the damage may have been done, and this revamp will have to work extra hard, to win over new customers. However, once this car gets on the road, it may begin to make new inroads.

  • Matt

    Cute, it’s got a shrunken 2017 GT-R interior.

  • Justin Spencer

    This is one of the ugliest small CUVs I’ve ever seen! It looks like a smushed Ford Escape with a cheaper looking interior. However, pretty much anything with a blue oval emblem that says Ford sells well here and this will no doubt also sell well.

  • Mokes Oz

    What a crap car. People hate them here in Oz. We had them at as hire cars. Customers wouldn’t take them. And resale value. Boy you start to cry.

  • so it has a barn rear door even without the spare wheel mounted.. interesting. Looks much better thou, i’d say better than the Duster.

  • fabri99

    How did they make it uglier than it already was!?

  • Althea Later

    But they can’t offer the attractive Fusion wagon here. SMH.

  • Edumcris

    Why not buy a Focus hatch?

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