The Ford EcoSport 2018 becomes what Ford claims to be the world’s first vehicle revealed on Snapchat. The compact SUV joins the automaker’s SUV’s alliterative family, filling the smallest end of the ladder.
2018 Ford Eco Sport Outside
The resemblance to the rest of the Ford range is clear as the EcoSport features the same fronts and style as the larger Escape and Edge, with the trapezoidal grille that adorns just about everything else in Ford’s range from Focus to The Mustang. The rest of the EcoSport, from the back A-pillar, resembles a traditional “box” design, with an upswept waistline and obscured-out wrap-around rear glass that looks a lot like a Buick Encore.
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Four trim options will be available: S, SE, SES and Titanium, with the SES designated as the “sporty” trim with unique hairdressing elements. All models will feature a swing door instead of a traditional top opening hatch, hinged on the left side to facilitate edge loading. Ten outdoor color choices will be available.
2018 Ford Eco Sport Inside
Inside, the EcoSport features a unique floating front panel and center-to-center 8-inch touchscreen display that uses Ford’s latest Sync 3 multimedia system, standard on Titanium models. Small trims get either a 4-inch or 6-inch screen mounted at the same location with Sync 3 an option. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be offered, as well as the FordPass application that allows the connection and management of car systems via a smartphone. Audio Supplier Harman has partnered with B & O to offer B & O Play, a standard on the Titanium model, a premium 675-watt audio system with 10 speakers, including a subwoofer.
The interior is also designed for versatility, with as many as 30 cubbies, hooks and storage bins throughout the cabin. The second row seats fold up and line up for a larger loading room, and combine with a mock board in the cargo area to create a flat area for larger items.
The SES pad also features some special interior appointments, with sport seats and unique colorful trim pieces of trim to spice things up. The top pads feature two USB ports down in the console to charge personal electronics with a 12-volt socket. Optionally, a 110 volt outlet, plus a second 12-volt outlet for the rear seat.
2018 Ford Eco Sport Engine
Underhood, there will be a choice between a 1.0-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder and a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, although the 2.0 will be available with all-wheel drive.
The all-new Ford EcoSport is beginning to arrive in dealerships in early 2018, which is quite a distance. We expect that it will be some time before pricing is finalized.