Ford has revealed the production European Ford EcoSport SUV at the 2013 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Built on the Fiesta’s platform, the EcoSport will deliver the agility and fuel efficiency of a small family car with the flexibility, spaciousness, high driving position, and “go anywhere” appeal of an SUV, says Ford.
The EcoSport will be the second recent SUV to be added to Ford’s European range when it goes on sale later this year, after the new Ford Kuga. Ford also plans to bring to Europe the next-generation Ford Edge, which is popular in America.
The European Ford EcoSport will be equipped with Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity, as well as SYNC Emergency Assistance. In addition, the small SUV will be one of the first Ford vehicles in Europe to offer Ford SYNC AppLink, which enables customers to voice-control smartphone apps from the driver’s seat.
Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance directly connects the car’s occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language using information from the car’s on-board GPS unit, and mobile network to pinpoint accident location. Driver assistance features include ESP and Hill Launch Assist.
In Europe, the 4.2-metre long, 2-metre wide and 1.7-metre tall EcoSport will be offered with Ford’s award winning 125 PS 1.0 litre EcoBoost turbo engine, a 110 PS 1.5 litre petrol engine and of course, a 90 PS 1.5 litre turbodiesel.
Have a good look, because the Ford EcoSport is very likely to reach Malaysia in the near future. The “Fiesta SUV”, first shown to the world at last year’s Delhi show, has been confirmed for ASEAN. More recently, test mules have been caught roaming the streets of Thailand, where it will be built for the region.
Anytime soon now, although it’s not likely that we’ll get goodies like the 1.0 EcoBoost engine and SYNC Emergency Assistance. A naturally aspirated Ti-VCT engine à la Fiesta is expected.