We all saw this coming – the South America-built Ford EcoSport – refreshed in time for the Los Angeles Auto Show presentation – will become available in the Northern territories as well.
Ford’s EcoSport is joining the skirmish in the small crossover segment where things are heating up with the addition of more and more vehicles. The segment is already on fire in Europe, where the new EcoSport will also come in its refreshed form – with production taking place at the Blue Oval’s Craiova, Romania facility for the Old Continent. The EcoSport, the smallest SUV in the Ford lineup is finally becoming available in North America though starting early 2018. The model is being showcased to the worldwide audience for the first time during the LA Auto Show next week where its new design is on display, alongside the engine range options. The model is still built on the familiar Fiesta B2E architecture that was first unveiled back in 2002.
More importantly, the EcoSport is now a true Ford crossover with a complete redesign of the front end that closely resembles the redesigned Escape/Kuga and better fits the Ford family of SUVs. Depending on trim, the North American EcoSport will have both front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and makes use of a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine, or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, both linked to a six-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system can only be had with the 2.0-liter engine and SES and Titanium trims.
Another massive change from the previous EcoSport – which used the early cockpit designs seen inside the Fiesta – sits Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system in a free-standing 8-inch screen. It also comes with perks such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Sync Connect with FordPass app that allows users to start, lock, and unlock the vehicle using Bluetooth. Even a Bang& Olufsen Play sound system with 10 speakers and a claimed 675 watts of power can be configured. Adventurous people will live the EcoSport because it features two fast-charging USB ports, a 12-volt power outlet, an available 110-volt outlet positioned behind the center console, and another 12-volt outlet in the trunk.