Ford is bringing the 2018 Ford EcoSport in the US and Canada. This tiny crossover is a new rival in the subcompact crossover class with equivalents from other brands such as the Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, Jeep Renegade, Buick Encore, Subaru Crosstrek, etc. This crossover is Ford’s entry model to the subcompact class in the US but it was initially built in Brazil in 2003 where it is a huge success but this model is also very popular globally.
New on the 2018 models:
The 2018 EcoSport is actually an updated version of the model which came as the second generation EcoSport in mid-2012. The model adds fresh styling elements and has also updated interior for the new market. It will be available with two powertrains and four trims will be offered.
2018 Ford EcoSport: Design
The 2018 Ford EcoSport is Fiesta-based crossover which sits on the Fiesta B2E platform. Its styling is also very similar to the Ford Fiesta but also shares a lot of similarities with the Ford Escape, Ford C-max and Ford Edge. Up front, the model includes the corporate hexagonal grille with horizontal slats. The grille is flanked by updated headlights and bellow are large slots for the fog lights.
The EcoSport also has sculpted body lines and swollen fender flares. With strong lines on the hood and pronounced hood edges the model looks very muscular. Ford will also offer this muscular crossover in 10 body colors.
Inside, the EcoSport is fairly sporty and roomy considering its small proportions. The interior design is somewhat modern and strange at the same time. The model has uniquely configured center stack and infotainment display which has position atop the dash. There are also comfortable front seats and rear row which folds into the floor.
Ford will offer this subcompact crossover in four trims S, SE, SES and range-topping Titanium.
Available will be the SYNC3 infotainment system with the 8.0-inch touchscreen compatible with the Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The system also supports voice recognition. Ford will also offer a 675-watt B&O sound system with 10 speakers. Ford will equip this model with the modern safety features but detailed list hasn’t been available yet.
2018 Ford EcoSport: Powertrains
Powering the 2018 Ford EcoSport will be a three- or four cylinder engines. A 1.0-liter engine has three cylinders and turbocharger. Ford still hides its specification but in the Fiesta and Focus it produces 123 hp and torque of 148 lb-ft.
An alternative will be naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It can produce 160 hp and 146 lb-ft of the torque in the Ford Focus.
Both engines will work in the pair with the six-speed automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive will be standard while the all-wheel drive will be optional on the four-cylinder models.
2018 Ford EcoSport: Release date, Price
Ford will launch this model in early 2018. Close to its launch we will have more detailed specification regarding model’s performance, fuel economy, and safety equipment. As for the price, we expect that 2018 Ford EcoSport will cost from around $19, 000.