It looks like Ford Malaysia distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) will be launching the Ford EcoSport in Malaysia soon, as it has put up a teaser slide as well as a registration of interest form on its website. Previously, it was reported that the EcoSport would be coming to Malaysia in the second half of the year – it’s July now so we’re officially in the second half.
The Ford EcoSport will come in with a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission first – the same mechanical bits found in a Fiesta 1.5 Ti-VCT. The 1.5 litre Ti-VCT engine does 110 PS at 6,300 rpm and 142 Nm at 4,400 rpm in the EcoSport – a little less horsepower but a little more torque compared to the tuning of the engine in the Fiesta. The 1.0 litre turbo EcoBoost engine will eventually come later. We test drove the 1.5 litre model in Thailand – read our review here.
Being a B-segment SUV, it should come in at a premium over the typical B-segment hatchback price. SDAC gave an estimated pricing of RM98k to RM108k when the Ford EcoSport was previewed at last year’s KLIMS13 show. The EcoSport does have one competitor in Malaysia – the Peugeot 2008, which is priced at RM120k. Honda Malaysia may also bring in the Honda Vezel later.
Interested? You can sign up here: Ford EcoSport registration of interest.
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