A further ‘Go Further’ event release – the second-gen Ford EcoSport is scheduled to begin selling in Europe within the next 18 months. Sitting on Ford’s global B-segment platform, which also underpins the Ford Fiesta and Mazda2, the Euro-market EcoSport is a product of Camaçar, Brazil. It has sold over 700,000 units in South America since its 2003 introduction.
Sitting at just 4.2 metres long, 2 metres wide and 1.7 metres high, the SUV is only very slightly bigger than a Perodua Nautica/Toyota Rush and is marketed as an ‘affordable, aspirational alternative’ to the Ford Fiesta. Buyers can choose between front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive versions.
There’ll be five engines available for the Continent: the famed 1.0 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost, a 1.5 litre four-cylinder Ti-VCT, 1.6 litre four-cylinder Flex, 2.0 litre four-cylinder and 1.5 litre Duratorq turbodiesel. Gearbox choices are a five- and six-speed manual (only AWD variant gets six-speed) and the six-speed PowerShift automatic.
Electric power steering, Ford SYNC with voice control, keyless entry, Power Start, Hill Launch Assist and rear parking sensors are among the items on the equipment list.
Ford expects the small SUV market in Europe to double over the next half-decade, and ultimately aims to bring the vehicle to 100 markets worldwide, particularly India and China. The vehicle debuted at the Delhi Auto Expo at the start of this year and has been confirmed for the ASEAN market – if we do get the EcoSport, ours would come from Rayong.