The new Ford EcoSport mini SUV just arrived last August 30 at all Ford dealerships in the Philippines.
First launched here in 2014, the EcoSport has enjoyed wide appeal for its combination of agility, affordability, and fuel efficiency of a compact car with the ground clearance, flexibility, and spaciousness of an SUV. The new EcoSport continues that formula, with enhancements in its exterior and interior design, new and upgraded smart and safety features and driver-assist technologies (DAT), and improvements in driving performance and fuel efficiency powered by a 1.0L EcoBoost engine.
With the EcoSport, Ford pioneered the mini SUV segment and led it over the last four years, highlighted by a nearly 50% share in 2017.
At the heart of the new EcoSport are two engine variants: the award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost and the new, more powerful 1.5L Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (TiVCT) engine, producing 125 and 123 horsepower, respectively.
The 1.0L EcoBoost engine features direct fuel injection technology and variable camshaft timing with turbocharger. EcoBoost is Ford’s most technologically-advanced engine ever, producing more power while consuming less fuel. It also now comes with the auto start/stop technology when idling at traffic light.
The new and more powerful 1.5L engine features TiVCT that helps improve efficiency. Together with the new 6-speed automatic transmission, this upgraded engine allows for smoother and faster acceleration.
Designed to suit urban traffic conditions, the new Ford EcoSport has a compact size yet trendy look. It has a ground clearance of 209mm and its exterior features a refreshed grille, a new hood design, headlamps, and lightweight and durable 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Titanium variant sports a more stylish design and features a power sunroof and an 8-inch multicolor touchscreen with a redesigned interface and intuitive smartphone-like actions. The Trend and Ambiente variants are equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen display.
The new EcoSport can handle a load of up to 1,178 liters, with 25 smart storage compartments for coffee cups, smartphones, tablets, umbrellas, bottles and other accessories.
The new EcoSport is equipped with multiple smart and DATs, including the rear view camera with rear parking assist, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and smart keyless entry.
The new EcoSport is also powered by SYNC 3 with navigation that allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while staying connected. SYNC 3 features voice control for the entertainment system and the driver’s calls and text messages. The AppLink 3.0 feature on SYNC 3 also allows passengers to use their favorite smartphone applications via the car’s touchscreen. The new EcoSport also includes a 7-speaker audio system for the Titanium variant.
The new EcoSport also comes with safety features, including Hill-Start Assist Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution System, Electronic Stability Program and Anti-Locking Brake System, and six airbags available in all EcoSport variants.
The new EcoSport will be available in four variants with the following prices: 1.0L EcoBoost Titanium AT at P1.168 million; 1.5L Trend AT at P1.028 million; 1.5L Trend MT at P968,000, and; 1.5L Ambiente MT at P918,000.
The new EcoSport comes in six colors: Absolute Black, Ingot Silver, Crystal White, Ruby Red (Trend and Titanium variants only), Canyon Ridge (Titanium variant only), and Blue Lightning (Titanium variant only).
Which EcoSport engine variant would you choose, and why?