Latest variant of Blue Oval's SUV has been upgraded with a focus on the European market
Sam Sheehan
12 September 2017

Ford has launched a significantly upgraded version of its Ecosport SUV with promise it’ll be better suited to European demands than its poorly received predecessor.

The updated crossover, on show at the Frankfurt motor show, gets a new 1.5-litre diesel engine and comes with an ST-Line option. It also gets new chassis settings to improve handling.

Added to the existing 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engine option is a new 1.5-litre Ecoblue diesel that produces 123bhp. From mid-2018 onwards, Ford will also add a 99bhp version of its Ecoboost three-pot to sit below the 123bhp and 138bhp versions in the line-up.

Like before, the Ecosport gets a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox.

A new ST-Line trim has been added to the mix, with 17in alloy wheels, ST-Line badging and a leather interior standard. The car is also available with larger 18in wheels.

New for the updated car is Sync3 infotainment, which is incorporated in an 8in touchscreen that features Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.

The car also features adaptive cruise control and blind spot assist technology, to boost its driver assistance abilities.

No pricing has been released for the new car, which goes on sale later this year, but no major changes are expected from the outgoing car’s £15,645 opening figure.

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5 September 2017
I have a strong suspicion the failure is to do with the absurd and tedious name.

'Eco', may be a desirable quality. But as a name - no way. And extra repulsive on a fake SUV.

5 September 2017
eseaton wrote:

I have a strong suspicion the failure is to do with the absurd and tedious name. 'Eco', may be a desirable quality. But as a name - no way. And extra repulsive on a fake SUV.

And the 'sport' bit is no better.

A cheap, tall, slow fake SUV is the entire opposite of a sports car.

5 September 2017

It just doesn't sit right on its wheels. It has always looked too tall sitting on small skinny wheels like a badly executed toy car.

pdudley

5 September 2017

pdudley

5 September 2017

Diesel engine. No photos of the 'new' cabin? Are they joking?

5 September 2017

Peculiar looking little thing.

5 September 2017

Quite possibly one of the weakest offerings on sale in the UK. You cant polish a turd

5 September 2017

You can sprinkle glitter on it though....

Steam cars are due a revival.

5 September 2017

The Focus and Mondeo have lost their fine handling.

The Ka+ Is ugly as sin.

 

The Edge is overpriced lard.

 

This Ecosport  is ugly, badly made and frankly not good enough.

The Transit is flimsy and troublesome.

 

Fords global  car policy seems to be foisting trashy compromises on previously excellent cars.

Steam cars are due a revival.

5 September 2017
Thekrankis wrote:

The Focus and Mondeo have lost their fine handling.

The Ka+ Is ugly as sin.

 

The Edge is overpriced lard.

 

This Ecosport  is ugly, badly made and frankly not good enough.

The Transit is flimsy and troublesome.

 

Fords global  car policy seems to be foisting trashy compromises on previously excellent cars.

The Focus and Mondeo are actually decent handling cars and top of the class. Ford have had to concentrate on refinement ride quality to compete. Magazine reviews will compare both of them to previous generation models which were very good, but not so good on refinement or ride. The Mondeo is actually a very good car that's overlooked - and yes I do own one and it's probably one of the best handling cars I've driven, albeit it does have 19" alloys and sport suspension, it still rides well on this.

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