Ford rings EcoSport changes

The rebuilt Ford EcoSport.
The rebuilt Ford EcoSport.

Ford have given a complete update to their EcoSport compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), which they say delivers enhanced versatility and capability, more refined styling, and sophisticated technologies for customers in Europe.

In its original form, there was a lot that fell short with the car manufactured in South America and not really to the liking of European customers. Now, they have changed almost 4,000 parts and will build it their plant in Romania targeting the European market. The new EcoSport will arrive in Ireland in late January 2018.

For the first-time, buyers will have Ford’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology as an option with new engines including a new 1.5-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine and a six-speed manual gearbox, delivering 125 PS and 300 Nm of torque, with a promised 4.5 l/100km fuel efficiency and 119 g/km CO2 emissions.

That is catalogued alongside 140 PS and 125 PS versions of Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 5.2 l/100 km fuel efficiency and 119 g/km CO2 emissions.

Also available for the first time as a sporty, Ford Performance-inspired EcoSport ST Line model, the new Ford EcoSport delivers driver assistance technologies including SYNC 3 connectivity, cruise control with adjustable speed limiter, and rearview camera. That will sit beside a Titanium version that Ford say their market research suggests byers want, and it will be the lowest specification on offer, making the EcoSport a well-specified vehicle with no basic model.

Driving the car at the official launch in Lisbon last week, there was a general liking for what Ford has done here. It certainly looks much better and has a more premium feel. Small SUVs like this are often considered to be poor handlers with a high seating position on a small chassis. This car, although not the sharpest, is pretty decent with both engines proving to be very smooth and reasonably lively.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.