The US automaker – well actually its Ford of Europe unit headquartered in Germany – has decided to finally reveal the eagerly-awaited refreshed version of the EcoSport subcompact crossover.
The EcoSport has had a tumultuous market history – coming from an idea that made it suitable for the Indian or South American markets, but not so much for the European or North American ones. Now things have been amended – the US version has been known since late last year when it was released at the LA Auto Show and now we’re being greeted by the Euro-spec facelifted. And it’s not coming empty-handed, because the European model also premieres the sporty ST-Line version along with a completely new 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine. Since we already saw the refreshed EcoSport, let’s focus on the ST Line, which brings its usual array of components and spectacular 17- or 18-inch wheels, along with dark accents on the grille, new projector headlights, and sporty touches all over.
Just like with any other ST Line, there are no modifications to the powertrains, so the EcoSport makes use of the regular setup. So, we have the 1.0-liter EcoBoost turbo unit with 100 hp (from 2018), 125 and 140 hp. Diesel fans can opt for the standard 1.5 liter TDCI with 100 hp or the new EcoBlue model. The latter has 125 horsepower (93 kilowatts) and a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers / 52 mpg, and going against the sea of FWD crossovers in the subcompact segment, it’s also available with Ford’s AWD system, taken straight from the Kuga, Mondeo, S-Max, and Edge. From mid-2018, Ford will also allow the option of a newly-developed six-speed automatic transmission with low friction for the 1.5 diesel. Safety and assistance have also been improved – complete with latest generation SYNC3 infotainment system that links the SUV to the Fiesta with the tablet-style eight-inch screen, and we also noticed things such as cruise control with adjustable speed limited, rear view camera, blind spot information system, roll stability control, among others. Production for Europe will take place at the automaker’s Craiova factory in Romania.