The Ford EcoSport is hardly a new product to the company’s global portfolio, but it hasn’t found its way to the European market until now. Ford has debuted the Euro-spec EcoSport crossover ahead of its slated Frankfurt Motor Show debut with a revised look and new engines.
EcoSport’s origins stem from certain developing markets, such as India, where Ford expected to need a sub-compact crossover first. Since the EcoSport’s launch in said markets, the company has decided to bring the EcoSport to Europe and the U.S., but with some differences highlighted with this new European version.
On the outside, Ford has effectively dressed-up the EcoSport design with darkened headlights, more body cladding and larger wheels.
The more mature look serves as a precursor to the rest of the EcoSport as well. Inside, Ford has swapped out most of the interior components in favor of the all-new Ford Fiesta’s interior. Given the Fiesta and EcoSport share architectures, it comes as no surprise Ford has decided to share most of their interior components.
Higher maturity is also found under the hood of Europe’s EcoSport. Ford is offering a 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel engine, while optional all-wheel-drive is now part of the EcoSport’s calculus as well. Those wanting gas engines will have three versions of Ford’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, all of which come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The revised powertrains are fitted with suspension and other drive components that are tailored to the European market.
Additionally, Ford is providing EcoSport customers the latest version of its SYNC3 infotainment system, a new B&O audio system and a range of additional options.
The Ford EcoSport will go on sale in Europe later this year, while it is still about a year out until it finds its way to the U.S. market. Nonetheless, this European version is likely providing a more accurate picture of the U.S. version.