The Ford EcoSport compact SUV has made its ASEAN debut at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Its arrival on the scene is no surprise – ASEAN production of the B-segment offering at the Ford Manufacturing Thailand plant in Rayong was intimated as early as last year, during the previous Bangkok motor show.
The spotting of disguised test mules – clad in a yellow and black dazzle pattern scheme – back in January cemented its impending advent. As we guessed correctly last year, the front-wheel drive EcoSport debuts wearing a 1.5 Ti-VCT offering 108 PS and 138 Nm, mated to a six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission depending on market – we’re not likely to see the manual when the SUV eventually makes its way here.
In Bangkok, the top-of-the-line EcoSport Titanium is the showcase model – it’s finished in a distinctive Mars Red shade, replete with a sunroof, 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels and a chrome grille. The EcoSport, in case you’re not already aware of, sits on the Fiesta B2E platform.
Exterior elements include the spare tyre, with an exclusively designed wheel and cover, mounted on the tailgate as a classic SUV cue and for improved available cargo space in the vehicle. The 60/40 split rear seats can be tumbled against the front seats, and in that configuration the boot space is a neat 705 litres.
The interior, meanwhile, features soft-touch fabrics and the global Ice Blue dashboard illumination. Key equipment includes Smart Keyless Entry and push-start ignition, a Ford SYNC system, rear parking sensors and Hill Launch Assist.
Safety kit includes dual front airbags and side curtain airbags, as well as ABS and ESP. No word on when the SUV arrives in Malaysia, but it should be soon enough now that Thai production takes off. In the meantime, enjoy the first live shots we have of the Ford EcoSport from the show – Jonathan says there were too many people around to do a more complete run of interior shots earlier, but we’ll update the gallery when he gets the snaps.