A subcompact crossover SUV of choice of many, the Ford EcoSport that first made its appearance in 2004 and made a mark in the Brazilian markets as a best seller. The second generation rolled out from Fords India facility in 2012 as part of Fords global product development strategy and made a wholesome impact egging out every other competition in every possible category selling a whopping 200,000 EcoSport`s saturating markets across Asia, South-Asia and Africa, parts of Europe and Latin America with over a 100,000 sold in India alone by 2015 making it a household name. Without doubt, the EcoSport is a vehicle of popular choice at Ford dealer Escondido with its fantastic range of colors, smart controls and technology, superb connectivity, ergonomic seating and luxury. What needs to be seen is will the driving enthusiasts recommend the 2018 Ford EcoSport and why.
The EcoSport comes in the S, SE, Titanium and SES trims. The front bold fascia features aggressive styling with the signature three row grille on all trims. The SE, SES and Titanium trims come with LED Signature Lighting and Halogen projector headlamps. These also come with the power moonroof that snaps open with the touch of a button. The rear door that swings open in the conventional way rather than the lift gates there are seen across most vehicles in this class adds relief. Its stylish too with the exposed rear glass which lacks any trims.
The interiors of the EcoSport are quite well appointed with all the required aspects of seating comfort, style, comfort, convenience and technology. Each of the trims on the EcoSport has uniquely styled bucket seating with cloth-trimmed seating with 4-way manual driver seat on the S, Unique Cloth-trimmed seats with 6-way power driver seats that are common this trim upwards, the Titanium with its Leather-trimmed perforated seating and the SES with the Partial-leather-trimmed, heated front buckets with unique cloth and copper stripes. Needless to say, the Second-row seats feature 60/40-Fold-flat rear seat backs for expanding cargo space.
Technology & Entertainment
The EcoSport features a humongous range of technology, entertainment and safety features that will leave any driving enthusiast overwhelmed and gasping for breath. With 6 or 7 speakers doting the interiors of most trims, the premium SES trim comes with a 9-speaker Bang & Olufsen Premium Audio System from HARMAN. The Titanium and SES also come with a 8-inch Color LCD Touchscreen with SYNC-Connect Wifi Hotspot as a standard and a Touchscreen Navigation System that’s Voice-activated all of which are available in the SE.
Power and Drive Quality
We came across the S, SE and Titanium trims at Ford Escondido which come in FWD with an upgrade option to the intelligent 4WD system which is standard in the SES. Torque Vectoring and Traction control is standard across the trims giving you a smooth and balanced ride quality. Except the SES which comes with the upgraded 2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 engine, the rest of the trims come standard with the turbocharged 1.0L EcoBoost engine which is the soul of the EcoSport concept. It combines Direct Fuel Injection for better fuel efficiency, Variable Camshaft Timing for better torque and Turbocharging that provides extra torque on demand which driving enthusiasts will appreciate.