Sad to hear that Ford will not sell the next-generation Fiesta to the US market. But given the high crossover popularity, it is not a bad decision to replace its subcompact car with a subcompact SUV. The new 2018 Ford EcoSport is built on the same platform as the 2018 Fiesta. It’s not as long as the old Fiesta sedans, but wider and taller, which means there’s additional interior space.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport will have an 8-inch touch screen with Sync 3 system, navigation and full smartphone integration, so the technical side is covered. Ford still has not released official interior dimension for the EcoSport, but this is not a new model, EcoSport is the latest version of a vehicle that has been sold overseas. The overseas version offers less cargo space than its competitors, but has a spacious back seat. We are optimistic.
Trims, Features and Engine Specs
2018 Ford EcoSport is a five-door subcompact crossover SUV that available in four trim levels: S, SE, SES and Titanium.
The base EcoSport S comes with standard equipment which includes 16-inch alloy wheels, remote unlocking and locking, automatic headlights, extendable sun visors, power mirrors, cruise control, air-conditioning, four-way manually adjustable front seats with driver lumbar, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear bench, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth connectivity and USB MP3 support and six speakers.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport SE gets you rear parking sensors, a power moonroof, LED daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, 6.5-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto integration, Apple CarPlay and satellite radio.
The optional Convenience package for SE models includes ambient lighting, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a Wi-Fi hotspot, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Sync Connect and a seven-speaker stereo.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport SES comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, rain-sensing front wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, cloth-trimmed seats, steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, unique exterior and interior accents and the contents of the SE Convenience package.
The top range Titanium adds a number of appearance upgrades, a center console with a sliding armrest, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker stereo system.
Remote start, heated mirrors and keyless entry keypad system are available as options for all trim levels.
All the 2018 Ford EcoSport except the SES trim come standard with a turbocharged EcoBoost 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and front wheel drive. They can also be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive which is standard on the SES. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford doesn’t reveal specs and fuel-economy for those engines, but these engines isn’t new for Ford. In overseas, the 1.0-liter engine makes 123 hp and 125 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.0-liter makes 140 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. This figure strongly reflects the performance of the engines in other American car markets, so this would be a relatively close approximation, although we know the 2.0-liter engine is able to generate a little more in the Focus.
Release Date and Price
Ford says that the new EcoSport will arrive in dealerships in early 2018. Price for the base S models will start at $20,990 and go up to $28,235 for the Titanium AWD.