Ford Ecosport is Ford’s first entry into the subcompact crossover SUV market. The first generation Ford Ecosport was first introduced in 2003 in the South American Market and it was only in the second generation where the model was globally launched in multiple markets in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East. The Ecosport is sold in three variants, the Ambiente, Trend, and Titanium.
Ford Ecosport Overview
The second-generation Ecosport which was launched in 2012 was the first globally available variant. The subcompact crossover SUV shares many exterior and interior similarities with its hatchback cousin the Ford Fiesta. The design was heavily based on the Ford Fiesta B2E platform and the second generation design was first showcased in the 2012 New Dehli Auto Expo in India on January 4, 2012. The car was subsequently launched in Brazil on July 14, 2012.
The exterior design of the Ford Ecosport the second generation still echoes and follows closely the design of the small Ford Fiesta subcompact hatchback and the rest of Ford’s lineup like the Ford Escape. The familiar exterior design is welcoming and friendly with soft accents. The Ford Ecosport is designed for both urban city driving and cross-country light off-road, thanks to its small exterior dimensions and higher ground clearance.
The Ford Ecosport also has the ubiquitous Sports Utility Vehicle trademark which is the spare tire mounted on the rear hatch of the car. This further serves to highlight the car’s light offroad feature and sizeable luggage compartment. For a more personal touch, the Ford Ecosport comes in 7 different colors, Canyon Orange, Diamond White, Lightning Blue, Race Red, Shadow Black, Silver Studio, and Smoke Gray. The color scheme looks two-tone thanks to the dark plastic cladding that wraps around the vehicle that further accentuates its purpose for light offroading. The design of the Ford Ecosport is a fun and capable light Sports Utility Vehicle with an updated exterior from the previous year’s model that further highlights its character.
The interior design reflects the Ford Ecosport’s fun and connected character with its modern cockpit and instrument cluster, suave dashboard, and clean interior lines. The Ford Ecosport is also filled with features that are normally found in bigger SUVs to help make the journey comfortable and refined.
Despite the Ford Ecosport’s smaller size, it has all the bells and whistles that you find in bigger SUVs like the Ford Escape and Ford Explorer. It has a fully 2-way adjustable steering column with Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS). It also has all the features that you need in the instrument cluster with a tachometer, speedometer, mileage, and a heads-up information display.
The Ford Ecosport also has all the power-features like front power windows and rear power windows, Keyless entry and start, automatic air conditioner, and automatic locking features. The Ford Ecosport is also equipped with Ford’s latest infotainment system with SYNC 3 which allows seamless connection with smart devices with the vehicle. The entertainment system is compatible with both Andriod Auto and Apple Carplay. The vehicle is equipped with an 8-inch multi-function display, 7 audio speakers, and steering wheel controls to help make the journey more entertaining.
Engine and Transmission
The Ford Ecosport is equipped with only one engine and transmission option for all three of the variants. The engine is positioned in a front-wheel-drive configuration. The 3-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine is capable of producing up to 120 horsepower and a toque of 150 Nm and has a fuel economy of 6.9 Liters per 100 kilometers. The engine is paired with six-speed automatic transmissions that deliver power to the road efficiently and with less vibrations. The engine and transmission combination provides excellent fuel efficiency and power delivery for both city driving and the highway.
The Ford Ecosport is equipped with a number of passive and active safety features to help protect the car occupants and the people around the vehicle. It has a built-in Speed Control and Adjustable Speed Limiter Device (ASLD) to help prevent overspending. The body and shell of the Ford Ecosport are also reinforced with side-impact door beams to minimize damage during a side impact.
The Ford Ecosport is also equipped with Driver and Passenger airbags, and side-curtain airbags to minimize injury during a collision. The Ford Ecosport is also equipped with Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS) with Electronic Stability Control (ECS) and Hill Launch Assistance (HLA) with Active Rollover Prevention (ARP).
Overall, the Ford Ecosport is a great subcompact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for both urban and highway driving. Its small external dimensions make it easy to navigate tight city streets and its high-ground clearance gives more flexibility over smaller cars. The Ford Ecosport also has a generous interior that can comfortably seat up to 5 adults with enough Legroom and Headroom to move around.