Ford EcoSport: totally rewritten

Cologne, 5. September 2017

An SUV, but only four feet long: Actually, the Ford EcoSport would have to be a Bestseller. But really, he couldn't score in Germany since its market launch in the year 2014. Already in 2015, there was a model, now a very thorough Facelift, including a new technique.

The EcoSport is for the Romanians

Needed the refresher for two reasons: sales to attract more and more small SUVs on the market, such as the Seat of Arona. His new look of the Ford gave EcoSport as early as 2016, at the auto show in Los Angeles price, because it is built around the globe and sold. The vehicles for Europe went so far in India, in the future you come from Craiova, Romania, where also the Ford B-Max is produced. For that alone, Ford has scrolls 200 million euros.

Ford Kuga-small format

Visually, the EcoSport now reminds strongly of the popular Kuga, representing Ford in the Tiguan class. In addition to a trapezoidal grille large rectangular headlights. It is optionally available with Bi-Xenon technology. Who wants to make his EcoSport is eye-catching, has now considerably more possibilities. How about a bright Orange Metallic or a roof in a contrasting color? Brand new in the equipment line "ST-Line". It offers sportier aprons and side skirts, added black accents around the grille and 17-inch wheels in Anthracite.

Large touch screen as an Option

The Cockpit of the EcoSport was the cause for some criticism. She seems to be at Ford arrived: be Promised a higher quality design, redesigned seats, more storage, and a simplified Central console. There is a Touchscreen with a 6.5 or eight inch diameter emblazoned depending on your budget. The base screen is of 4.2 inches, but after all, two USB ports and Bluetooth. Ford praises especially the voice-controlled infotainment system "Sync 3", as it is also to be found in the new Fiesta. From there, the optional "B&O Play"sound system with a 675 Watt output and ten speakers. Among the new assistance systems, blind spot warning, a rearview camera and a cruise control with limiter.

Better Handling

Ford, according to the design of the chassis should be in the future, clearly European. Is achieved by the optimised spring and damper rates, a modified steering ratio, a modified wheel suspension on the rear axle and modifications to the ESP. A Premiere is the all-wheel drive in the EcoSport. It distributes up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels. Is offered it first in connection with a 125-HP 1.5-Liter Diesel, which has 300 Newton-meters and a six-speed manual transmission. Starting in mid-2018, Ford wants to offer the diesel also with front-wheel drive.

New from the base

What are the other engine options are? It starts with a 100-HP Diesel. As a petrol engine the turbocharged EcoBoost three-cylinder with 125 and 140 HP. For the 125-HP version there is also a six-speed automatic. Until the middle of 2018, the 100-HP Version to be enough for Ford. The previous 1.5-Liter gasoline engine with 112 HP not applicable. For this purpose, yet 17.990 euros were called. From the end of 2017 Ford takes orders for the new EcoSport. Currently, the 125-horsepower gasoline engine starts at 19.390 Euro, with approximately 19,500 Euro should be expected.(rh)