Ford Ecosport will be fitted with a 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine
Ecosport is a similar size to the Fiesta
Five large doors and a spacious cabin is likely to appeal to families
Ecosport is the first global Ford to be designed entirely in South America
Boot handle is hidden inside the rear light cluster
Instrumentation is similar to that fitted in the Fiesta
The 1.6-litre petrol engine produces 113bhp and 115lb ft
A side-opening tailgate gives good access, but isn't ideally suited to tight, urban environments
A large front grille joins extra cladding for a tougher appearance
ABS, Electronic Stability Program and Hill Launch Assist are all available
Ford SYNC includes Emergency Assistance, which connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services after a collision
Ecosport has sold more than 700,000 units in South America
The Ford Ecosport SUV is headed to UK dealers in the spring of 2014, the car maker has confirmed. The Fiesta-based two-wheel-drive SUV is just under 4m long and jacked up to give 200mm of ground clearance to match its beefy looks and open grille.
Originally developed by Ford Brazil to satisfy demand for a cheap but rugged SUV for South America, the latest version is being brought to the UK under the ‘One Ford’ banner and is styled and engineered to higher standards to satisfy European buyers.
South American buyers also benefit because they get a better car than could be justified if the development budget was constrained by sales limited to a handful of global countries.
European buyers are likely to get a wider range of powertrains, too. Details are limited, but it appears that a 100bhp 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 125bhp 1.6-petrol will be the petrol offerings. A four-wheel drive version is sold in Brazil but no decision has been made to export it to Europe.
By the time the EcoSport goes on sale in 2014, Ford will be well into a program to streamline its small diesel engine range in favour of a 1.5-litre capacity TDCi in place of today’s 1.4 and 1.6-litre units.