- New 1.5-litre diesel engine; available with four-wheel drive and sporty ST-Line trim for the first time
- More personalisation options; revised interior with touch-screen and premium B&O Play sound system
- New technology includes Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter, and Rear View Camera
New Ford Ecosport SUV revealed
Small SUVs are all set to be the next big thing, and with new rivals coming from the likes of Kia, Skoda, Seat and Hyundai, Ford has announced a series of updates to its Ecosport.
The new look is perhaps the most obvious change, and clearly designed to reflect Ford’s other SUVs, the Kuga and Edge. The front end is dominated by a new grille, angular headlights incorporating LED daytime running lights, and a bonnet with a central bulge. At the same time, the rear bumper and tail lights have also been revised, while buyers can choose from 12 exterior colours, and further personalise their car by choosing a contrasting colour for the roof, or by having the spare wheel mounted on the boot.
Inside, the Ecosport has what Ford says are easier-to-use controls and soft-touch materials, as well as a new centre console similar to the one in the new Fiesta, with an 8.0-inch touch-screen and interior lighting that can be set to one of seven colours. On top of that, the boot also features a new height-adjustable floor that can be raised to hide items underneath, or lowered to increase the overall luggage capacity.
Also available for the first time in the Ecosport is four-wheel drive, combined with a new 1.5-litre diesel engine. This comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, delivering 125PS and 119g/km of CO2 emissions, but from mid-2018 this engine will also be available with front-wheel drive and even lower emissions.
Also available from launch will be a 100PS 1.5-litre diesel engine combined with front-wheel drive, and.the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in 140 PS, 125 PS and – from mid-2018 – 100 PS power outputs.
Last, but not least, the Ecosport also has better safety features, with twin front airbags, a driver knee airbag, and new side and curtain airbags.
The changes come at a time when this sector of the market is about to expand rapidly. Not only have there just been some revisions to the class-leading Renault Captur, we'll soon see rivals such as the Kia Stonic, Hyundai Kona, Seat Arona, Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq.
The new Ecosport goes on sale later this year, joining the Edge and Kuga SUVs in showrooms, while a new SUV-inspired Fiesta Active crossover model also goes on sale next year.