COLOGNE, Germany - Ford’s all-new EcoSport SUV offers drivers the perfect combination of small car agility, affordability and fuel efficiency, with the flexibility and spaciousness customers expect from a SUV – in one stylish and connected package.
The stylish and rugged all-new EcoSport is the first SUV in the world to offer a 1.0-litre engine and is among the first Ford vehicles in Europe to be offered with Ford SYNC with AppLink, enabling drivers to voice-control smartphone apps while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
“All-new Ford EcoSport delivers a clever and connected small car for our European customers,” said Nick Collins, global vehicle line director, small cars. “Ford’s new urban SUV is economical, flexible and stylish, and will line-up alongside the new B-MAX compact multi-activity vehicle, the best-selling Fiesta, and the all-new Tourneo Courier, which is scheduled for launch in spring 2014, to complete Ford’s comprehensive small car line-up for Europe.”
EcoSport is the first Ford global model to be developed entirely in South America. First introduced in 2003, Ford created the segment in Brazil and has since sold more than 770,000 of the first EcoSport models in the region. Ford engineers and designers from more than 16 countries worked together to develop the all-new EcoSport that is launched amid increasing demand for SUVs in Europe. Ford projects that between 2013 and 2018, sales of all SUVs in Europe will increase by 22 per cent, and sales of small SUVs – like EcoSport – will increase by 90 per cent.
Ford is leveraging its historic leadership in SUVs in North America and other regions around the world to quickly expand its line-up in Europe that will include the next generation Ford Edge, a larger and more premium utility vehicle popular in the U.S. and other markets.
“It’s in Ford’s DNA to engineer class-leading SUVs,” Collins said. “EcoSport has already achieved iconic status in South America and now Ford will extend its European range to introduce this rugged-looking, surprisingly spacious and affordable SUV.”
Stylish and practical
Ford’s first global SUV, EcoSport is stylish and practical – with a short bonnet, raked front pillars, and a distinctive five-piece chrome front grille with angular headlamps and signature LED light strips.
Available with 17-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, power mirrors, and fog lamps featuring a chrome surround, the EcoSport has been designed with a keen eye for detail. For example, the boot release mechanism is integrated into the right-hand rear light cluster to mirror the left-hand cluster’s reversing light, and also is mounted high to help ensure it stays clean on the move.
The full-sized spare wheel mounted on the tailgate ensures the EcoSport’s load capacity rivals that of many medium-sized family cars with up to 375 litres available when the rear seats are in place, depending on the rake of the seats. The EcoSport also delivers a commanding driving position with the driver’s seat height adjustable and the steering column adjustable for both reach and rake.
There are 20 smart stowage solutions, including room in the door pockets to store a one-and-a-half litre drinks bottle, a slide-out drawer under the front passenger seat, and a cooled glove box that can store up to six 350 ml drink cans.
Sporty and economical
All-new EcoSport is offered with the highly-acclaimed turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine – 2013 and 2012 International Engine of the Year – to deliver performance to rival a traditional 1.6-litre engine, but with significantly better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
The 125 PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost achieves 6.6 l/100 km and 125 g/km CO2. EcoSport also offers a 112 PS 1.5-litre petrol engine that can achieve 8.1 l/100 km and 149 g/km CO2 specified with a five-speed manual gearbox, or 7.9 l/100 km with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A 91 PS 1.5-litre diesel engine achieves 4.9 l/100 km with 120 g/km CO2 emissions.
The steering and handling of the all-new EcoSport offers the same Ford fun-to-drive DNA that has received acclaim in the new Fiesta.
“EcoSport’s combination of exciting looks, great performance and advanced technology is made all the more amazing by the fact that it’s all comfortably powered along by a frugal 1.0-litre engine,” Collins said.
Clever and connected
The Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system will enable owners to voice-activate phone calls and select music from devices connected via Bluetooth or USB.
Ford SYNC with AppLink will enable EcoSport owners to be among the first Ford drivers to voice-activate apps, including leading music streaming service Spotify; the TomTom turn by turn navigation service with audible instructions and on-screen mapping; and Hotels.com that enables booking of rooms in 145,000 hotels in 19,000 destinations worldwide.
Further apps already announced for AppLink include:
- Audioteka – a leading audio book retailer offering a wide range of titles in many European languages
- Kaliki – an audio newsstand app
- Glympse – allows Ford drivers to share their location with family and friends through voice control
- Aha – that uses the cloud to safely enable Internet-based services, allowing driver to search for news, restaurants and a selection of entertainment options
- Cityseeker by Wcities – delivering comprehensive city guides. Offers the ability to search points-of-interest by theme, lifestyle, and location, and to activate GPS city tours.
- Eventseeker by Wcities – users will be able to get up-to-the-minute event information and search by events, location, and category. Personalised and recommended events are also provided to the end user based on their likes and interests
Ford SYNC Emergency Assistance will directly connect the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region. EcoSport will also offer Hill Start Assist, Cruise Control, automatic wipers and headlights, and rear-parking sensors.
“Being connected has become an essential part of modern life and EcoSport enables Ford customers to be completely connected on the move, and to seamlessly link their connected lives from home to car to office and beyond,” Collins said.
The urban SUV
In testing, the all-new EcoSport was first subjected to 20,000 virtual test scenarios using a computer programme that replicated a multitude of different road conditions from around the world. It was then driven more than 2 million km on roads in South America, North America, Asia and Europe, in temperatures ranging from 50 C to -25 C, and at altitudes of up to 4,300 metres.
EcoSport’s agility and ability ensure it can tackle even the most challenging road conditions, whether it’s narrow, twisting, uneven rural roads, or the potholes, and high kerbs of an urban environment. The 10.6 m turning circle is among the best in its segment, and the EcoSport – which is equipped with front and rear skid plates – also has a 200 mm ground clearance, a 25 degree approach angle, 35 degree departure angle and a wading depth of 550 mm.
“EcoSport has been tested to extremes in some of the world’s toughest locations to ensure that it punches above its weight as a very capable SUV,” Collins said.
The new Ford EcoSport has been awarded a four-star safety rating from independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP, and is equipped with driver, passenger, curtain and side airbags – as well as a driver’s knee airbag – as standard.
Super-high-strength boron steel has been used in the door frames to provide a high strength safety cell; and further safety systems include: Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist; and the EcoSport is also equipped with Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Passenger Airbag Deactivation Indicator.