After years of rumors and reports Ford’s smallest crossover is finally home. The subcompact SUV has been introduced at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, but it won’t become available until early 2018. The 2018 Ford EcoSport will try to beat some pretty good rivals like the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and Nissan Juke, and we are pretty sure it will.
The small high-riding car will be offered with two efficient engines. The carmaker hasn’t said anything regarding the output, but we managed to found out what’s going on under the hood. The base model will use a 1.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost inline-three engine and front-wheel drive only. The mill should deliver around 120 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. In case you need more power, you can choose the optional 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, which will produce at least 140 horsepower and 140 pound-feet of twist. This option will run all four wheels. On the other hand, both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Except these two, the car manufacturer might also offer a performance-oriented 2018 EcoSport ST.
Specs, Tech, Equipment
The all-new small SUV won’t lack space at all. Well, it’s not spacious as the Escalade, but it sports pretty much the same measures as the biggest rivals. The 2018 EcoSport 158.2 inches long, 69.5 inches wide and 64.3 inches tall, while the wheelbase stops at 99.2-inch. Styling wise, well, the vehicle looks pretty good. Still, this isn’t a totally new model, but just the updated, so it gets only the cosmetic changes from the outside, while the platform likely stays unchanged.
The interior is on the other hand fully redesigned. There is an amazing 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that uses Ford’s Sync 3 software. Yes, it’s standard and yes, you will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone. In addition, the crossover utility will get two fast-charging USB ports, two 12-volt outlets (one in front and one in back), as well as 110-volt plug in the rear. There is also a 675-watt B&O Play audio system with 10 speakers, but this comes with the range-topping Titanium trim level only.
Ford hasn’t said anything regarding the safety equipment or price, but we are sure there will be more information in the coming days.