From Nissan to Toyota, the major players have revamped their compact car portfolio. To counter the rivals, given the 2018 Ford EcoSport some revamps. The compact SUV and crossover segment is witnessing intense competition these days. From old time players like GM and Ford to newcomers like Kia, every carmaker wants to have a grab of the pie! Ford has been one of the contenders those played major roles in introducing the SUV mania. The EcoSport was not launched in the USA earlier but in other markets, it has been a popular compact SUV. While the EcoSport received a mostly positive response from buyers and industry experts, competition has also caught up. The EcosSport sits below Escape and it will lock horns with contenders like Mazda CX-3, Chevy Trax, and Jeep Renegade.
2018 Ford EcoSport – Innovation and New Look
The new EcoSport does not look very different from the existing model- at first glance. However, on closer inspection, subtle styling differences become visible. The new hexagonal grille and revamped headlights are quite enticing and they give the car a sleeker look. Design cues from siblings like Fiesta and Edge are very much there. On a side, there is a mild body line running through door handles to the end. The body cladding below the car continues on side and back of the vehicle too. This model will be launched in 4 trims- S, SE, SES, and Platinum – the last being top notch trim. The car will be sold in 10 exterior hues.
The cabin of 2018 Ford EcoSPort is pretty and sleek looking. The wraparound dash is there and buyers can opt for a bi-colored interior. You do get cup holders and places to store several small items. The console itself has a storage compartment inside. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment setup is eye catching. SES variant gets a copper trim on doors and dashboard. Side opening cargo can make things tough for those with tight garages. Ambient light choices will be available. For a compact SUV, the 2018 EcoSport is amazingly spacious. The back seats offer enough leg and shoulder room. However, fitting in 5 tall adults inside the cabin may still be tough. All seats are soft and quite comfortable- so you can opt for long highway drives in this beauty. The US model does not get spare tire on the backside.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport will be equipped with top entertainment and safety features. But the top Titanium trim will get the best of both. It will get a B&O Play audio system with 10 speakers in a standard setup. Some trims will get USB ports, 12-volt power outlet, and an 110-volt outlet. The Sync3 infotainment system now supports navigation and full Smartphone integration. The for pass app brings remote vehicle operations simpler. HD radio and Satellite radio will also be available. Features will include automatic climate control, push-button start, heated steering wheel and heated seats.
2018 Ford EcoSport – Engine Specs
The 2018 EcoSport also gets new engine choices. The entry level trim gets a turbocharged 1.0-liter engine and there is another 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit too. Both of these are coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. AWD and FWD are both available. Ride quality is decent but this is not an off-road centric car.
2018 Ford EcoSport – Price and Release Date
The pricing of 2018 EcoSport is yet to be revealed. However, it may be priced below $20,000 for the base trim. The release date is in late 2017.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport is a compact SUV with enough attractions for target buyers. The enhanced entertainment features and new styling works in its favor. With right pricing, it has the potential to slay the segment rivals.