Modern and innovative, the new Ford EcoSport was designed to combine the best of its class design, technology, quality and safety to attract a new generation of consumers in different markets.
The vehicle is based on the Blue Oval's global B-segment platform, used in other subcompacts like the Fiesta and future B-Max. This platform is particularly crucial for the future success of Ford as vehicles on this basis are expected to represent more than two million units of annual production of subcompact cars continue to drive global growth.
The all-new Ford EcoSport illustrates the DNA of Ford vehicles worldwide and versatility expands the horizons of mobility and use. Real SUV's confidence in the stability of the starting frame, reinforced by the robust construction of the body, high torsional stiffness and high levels of protection for its occupants. However, its innovative design reduces weight and ensures fuel efficiency.
As a model based on Fiesta, the EcoSport will be front-wheel drive only, at least initially, confirming its position as an SUV to be mainly used in the city.
Ford Fiesta asserts architecture can be designed for all-wheel drive capability, but said the investment cost will go ahead if there was sufficient demand in the market.
Ford Australia has confirmed the engine options include the EcoSport most small business engine "Ecoboost" again - a turbocharged, direct injection 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline.
The 1.0-liter turbo will spread to other Ford products, the Fiesta one of the most likely recipients.
Ford did not disclose a fuel for the engine but says emissions will be less than 140 grams per kilometer, which is equivalent to fuel consumption somewhere in the 4.0-liter per 100 km mi.
A diesel engine of 1.5 liter turbo will provide the fuel consumption and emissions even more, while the 1.5 liter normally aspirated four-cylinder gasoline engine will power the entry-level EcoSport.
Both engines are already found in the Fiesta in India, where gasoline 1.5-liter produces 80kW/140Nm and uses about 5.9 liters per 100 km and 1.5-liter diesel engine and has a 66kW/204Nm figure for fuel consumption of about 4.3L/100km.
A five-speed manual gearbox is standard with a Powershift dual-clutch automatic is an option on diesel and possibly gasoline.
The new EcoSport was developed on Ford's new global B-segment platform, which will be the basis for a range of new small cars from Ford in the years to come. By mid-decade, the new Ford B-platform family of vehicles represent more than 2 million units of annual production of compact cars to continue to stimulate global growth.
The Ford EcoSport was a market phenomenon since its launch in South America in 2003 as the first affordable SUV in the region, selling 700,000 vehicles in nine years. He created a new segment and popularized features that many consumers had wanted.
The Ford EcoSport will be produced at ultra-modern, flexible assembly plants in Brazil, India and other markets will be announced at a later date. The EcoSport as a vehicle overall is an example of the technical capacity of the global engineering of Ford and highly integrated design centers and engineering worldwide.