News Ford Launches Subcompact EcoSport Crossover To Little Fanfare

17:06  10 january  2018
17:06  10 january  2018 Source:

Ford Starts European EcoSport Production

  Ford Starts European EcoSport Production Ford has started production of the new European Ford EcoSport small crossover at its Craiova, Romania, assembly plant. The decision to build the new EcoSport in Europe rather than continue to import the vehicle from Ford’s plant in Chennai, India, will help Ford respond to rising customer demand. Total industry sales of SUVs in Ford’s 20 European traditional markets grew by 27 per cent last year and accounted for more than one in four new passenger car registrations. Craiova is the sole source of EcoSport production for Europe (excluding Russia), supplying 56 markets on four continents. This includes markets as diverse as the United Kingdom, New Caledonia in Oceania, Turkmenistan in Central Asia, and South Africa. Follow on Facebook Instagram #wheelsca Twitter The post Ford Starts European EcoSport Production appeared first on

2018 Ford EcoSport : Ford Finally Gets in the Wee-SUV Game. A little one fills a big hole in Ford 's crossover range. The company has been absent from the subcompact - crossover game in America, however, an oversight felt more keenly by the day as tiny utes surge in popularity.

Ford has taken a little while to get to the subcompact crossover party. Its EcoSport , launched at the end of 2013, is hitting the European market a full three to four years after rivals like the Nissan Juke, and drops into a now highly-competitive market segment.

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We knew the 2018 Ford EcoSport, the brand's first subcompact crossover, was set to arrive here around the time Canadians flipped their calendars to begin 2018. What we didn't know what what it would cost -- until now.



But that information didn't come in an official announcement made around the time of the car's arrival in dealerships, as is customary. Instead, we discovered that Ford's latest utility is already listed at with a starting price of $21,999.

That's for the entry-level S trim. An SE model comes in at $24,999, the Titanium at $28,499 and an SES variant carries an MSRP of $29,299.

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If you have been wondering why Ford has not introduced a subcompact crossover to the US market, you are not alone. We can stop wondering as the company introduces the Ford EcoSport at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

Isn’t it fitting, then, to have harmless subcompacts resemble miniaturized off-roaders? Ford has decided it is, and the brand has now launched its Fiesta-based EcoSport in Europe. Perhaps it’s a good thing that this little crossover is equipped with SYNC’s emergency-assistance system.

It may pique your interest, as it did ours, that the Titanium trim is not the most expensive, even though that badge is typically attached to the most comprehensively equipped version of any Ford model. That anomaly is due to the SES being the only EcoSport trim that comes standard with AWD; four-wheel traction is optional at the other three price points.

Front-wheel drive models -- S, SE and Titanium -- use a 1.0L turbo three-cylinder engine (the same one offered in the Fiesta and Focus) that lends the EcoSport 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. Opt for AWD and you get a 2.0L four-cylinder good for 166 hp and 149 lb-ft. A six-speed automatic is standard across the board. If you want a manual in a tiny crossover, you'll have to shop elsewhere.

For more about the EcoSport's design and features, have a look at the preview we published last summer.

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