The new Ford EcoSport SUV is available with a 90PS 1.5-litre diesel engine that achieves 61.4mpg with 120g/km CO2 emissions.
There’s also the turbocharged 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which returns 53.3mpg and 125g/km CO2.
The EcoSport is also offered with a 112PS 1.5-litre petrol engine that has an official economy figure of 44.8mpg and 149g/km CO2. It can be specified with a five-speed manual gearbox or with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The EcoSport is the first Ford global model to be developed entirely in South America. First introduced in 2003, the EcoSport created the segment in Brazil and has since sold more than 770,000 in the region. Ford engineers and designers from more than 16 countries worked together to develop the all-new EcoSport that is launched amid increasing demand for SUVs in Europe. Ford projects that between 2013 and 2018, sales of all SUVs in Europe will increase by 22 per cent, and sales of small SUVs – like EcoSport – will increase by 90 per cent.
The EcoSport features Hill Start Assist, Cruise Control, automatic wipers and headlights, and rear-parking sensors. The Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system enables voice-activation of phone calls and music selection from devices connected via Bluetooth or USB. Ford SYNC with AppLink will enable EcoSport owners to voice-activate apps, including leading music streaming service Spotify.
In testing, the all-new EcoSport was first subjected to 20,000 virtual test scenarios using software to replicate a multitude of different road conditions from around the world. It was then driven more than one million miles on roads in South America, North America, Asia and Europe, in temperatures ranging from 50deg C to -25deg C, and at altitudes of up to 4,300m.
The EcoSport is equipped with front and rear skid plates and has a 180mm ground clearance, a 22.1deg approach angle, 35deg departure angle and a wading depth of 550mm. Unusually in this sector, there’s a full-sized spare wheel mounted on the tailgate.
It also features Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program, Anti-Lock Brakes, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution and Emergency Brake Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and Passenger Airbag Deactivation Indicator.
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