The updated EcoSport is a compact crossover built on the basis of the Fiesta, Ford introduced in April 2017. The main difference between the upgraded model is a modified design of the front. A new hood panel, other headlights and “fog”, as well as a different front bumper with a larger grille. Depending on the configuration, the grille may be unpainted, silver-colored or chrome-plated.
The capacity of the washer reservoir is increased to 4.5 liters, and a liquid level indicator appears on the panel. Fan windshield nozzles now have electric heating. The interior of the car has changed significantly – the new dashboard (with a reduced number of buttons), the instrument cluster, the steering wheel, the “tablet” of the SYNC 3 multimedia system with an 8-inch screen and so on. Modernized and engine range. The former 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine (122 hp) gave way to a new 3-cylinder unit of 1.5 liters from the Dragon family (123 hp). For more expensive all-wheel drive versions, a modified 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is announced – it has become more powerful (148 hp against the previous 140 hp) and is now offered only with an “automatic”.
Ford EcoSport 2018 fully justifies the title of a compact and inexpensive crossover. Inside the car a little cramped, but the rear passengers have the ability to change the backrest, thereby increasing their living space. Finishing materials are not expensive: the usual fabric on the seats, hard plastic panels, but in the top configuration relies leather upholstery. The trunk is also small, but the spare wheel placed on the rear door allows you to more efficiently use the internal space. If we talk about pickings, then the standard Trend will offer 16 “steel wheels with hubcaps, electric mirrors, an additional electric heater for the passenger compartment, electric front and rear doors, air conditioning, audio system with radio / CD / MP3, AUX / USB connectors and 6 speakers. Version Trend Plus includes alloy wheels, front foglights, roof rails, electric windshield defrosters, heated front seats, climate control, driver’s armrest, a shelf in the trunk. The Titanium version adds chrome trim, tinted rear windows, SYNC multimedia system with Bluetooth. And in the top-end configuration Titanium Plus, in addition to the leather interior, the car gets keyless access with the engine start button, interior lights with dimmed lighting and other functions. It was also announced a new budget equipment Ambiente, in which EcoSport devoid of air conditioning and audio systems. SYNC multimedia system with Bluetooth. And in the top-end configuration Titanium Plus, in addition to the leather interior, the car gets keyless access with the engine start button, interior lights with dimmed lighting and other functions. It was also announced a new budget equipment Ambiente, in which EcoSport devoid of air conditioning and audio systems. SYNC multimedia system with Bluetooth. And in the top-end configuration Titanium Plus, in addition to the leather interior, the car gets keyless access with the engine start button, interior lights with dimmed lighting and other functions. It was also announced a new budget equipment Ambiente, in which EcoSport devoid of air conditioning and audio systems.
For the Ford EcoSport 2018, 1.5-liter atmospheric engines (3 cylinders, 123 hp, 151 Nm) and 2.0 liters (4 cylinders, 148 hp, 184 Nm) have been proposed. The first of them is available with both 5-speed “mechanics” and with an automatic 6-speed transmission, but only in front-wheel drive version. A more powerful engine is combined only with automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The maximum speed to which the crossover with the base engine accelerates is 175 km / h. With a two-liter engine – 180 km / h. The engine complies with Euro-5 standards. Fuel consumption (AI-92 gasoline) for version 1.5 MT is declared at 8.5 l / 100 km in the urban cycle and 5.2 l / 100 km outside the city. In the AT modification 1.5, the same figures are 9.2 l / 100 km and 5.5 l / 100 km. All-wheel drive modification 2.0 AT AWD consumes from 6.9 liters (highway) to 11.4 liters (city) per 100 km.
Since the Ford Ecosport is based on the Fiesta design, the undercarriage is similar here, though only in the front-wheel-drive version (the pillars in the front and the torsion beam at the rear), and in the all-wheel-drive version in the back – a multi-link suspension. The chassis is adapted for conditions of operation, with changes in the stiffness of the springs and shock absorbers. Sensitive reaction to the steering wheel gives electric power, while providing fuel savings. From off-road indicators, the manufacturer recommends paying attention to the geometrical parameters: clearance of 200 mm, the possibility of overcoming the ford with a depth of 550 mm. Intelligent all-wheel drive Ford Ecosport is organized using an inter-axial electromagnetic clutch with the function of forced locking of the rear axle. Trunk volume has grown from 333 to 354 liters, but with folded seats, this figure dropped from 1,238 to 1,184 liters. Probably, the new mechanism of folding seats, which also reported the manufacturer.
The basic equipment of Ford Ecosport 2018 includes: anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), front driver and front passenger airbags, ISOFIX attachments, ERA-GLONASS. In the configuration Titanium in the car additionally present side airbags, driver’s knee airbag, side curtain front and rear row, rear parking sensors. Version of the Titanium Plus as a standard will offer rain and light sensors, rear-view mirror with automatic dimming.
Ford Ecosport belongs to the popular genre of “conquerors of borders”, as experts “Drome”. With all the similarities with the Fiesta – the possibilities are much wider. Especially in all-wheel drive versions. Of course, this car is not designed for real off-road, but at least it will allow you to feel confident in the icy conditions and will easily cope with snow deposits. Among the shortcomings of the owners are called weak paintwork, insufficiently powerful basic engine, a modest-sized trunk and a stiff suspension. Recall, Ford EcoSport debuted in 2012.