Ford EcoSport KLIMS 7

Ford is previewing a number of upcoming vehicles at its stand in KLIMS13, and one of those in the spotlight is the EcoSport – the B-segment SUV isn’t going on sale just yet, but order books have opened for the second-generation model, which sits on a B3 (or if you will, a B2E) platform shared with the sixth-gen B299 Fiesta.

As it stands, the EcoSport is set to enter the Malaysian market by the middle of 2014, with estimated pricing listed at RM98k to RM108k, putting it very close to the Peugeot 2008 in terms of price. The vehicle will debut here in its 1.5 litre Ti-VCT form, with 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 140 Nm at 4,400 rpm – the Sigma family mill will be paired with a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch auto transmission. Down the road, a 1.0 litre EcoBoost variant should join the lineup.

The display example at the show is a Titanium version, finished in the signature Mars Red, sitting on 16-inch wheels and 205/60 tyres. The show car is actually an Indian market model, but the final product we’ll be getting will be from Thailand, built at the Ford Thailand Manufacturing plant in Rayong.

When it arrives, the EcoSport should feature kit such as Ford SYNC, smart keyless entry and push-start ignition, rear parking sensors and dual front/side curtain airbags (the Titanium version has seven airbags). The EcoSport made its global debut in India as a concept back in 2012, and had its ASEAN premiere earlier this year at the Bangkok International Motor Show.

Read our review of the EcoSport here.

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