Ford’s smallest SUV has finally made its North American debut. Introduced for the 2004 model year, the original EcoSport was built in Brazil and aimed mostly at developing markets. Nevertheless, the company has hinted occasionally that it could end up on the U.S. market some day. That day has now come and the EcoSport is getting ready to hit North American dealerships as a 2018 model. It will slot below the Escape, rivaling the likes of Jeep Renegade, Chevrolet Trax and Mazda CX-3. Design-wise, the 2018 Ford EcoSport won’t differ greatly from the global version that entered its second generation in 2012. However, expect the U.S.-spec version of this sleek crossover to offer substantial mechanical and technological upgrades.
Design and Features
In terms of styling, the EcoSport has a lot in common with the rest of Ford’s lineup. Its front end takes its cues from the Fiesta hatchback as well as the Edge and Escape SUVs. So, expect the 2018 Ford EcoSport to sport an oddly shaped grille with horizontal slats and sleek headlights. The sides feature a sculpted look with body cladding that continues along the bottom of the doors. At the back, expect to see an upright hatch as well as more body cladding beneath it. Also, the American EcoSport ditches the rear door-mounted spare tire that’s offered in developing markets.
The 2018 Ford EcoSport’s interior boasts a surprisingly upscale appearance for this price range. This small crossover comes with a large 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well as a host of high-quality materials. The SES models add some high-end accents such as copper trim on the dashboard, seats and doors. Despite its small dimensions, the EcoSport offers quite a generous passenger space. While the entry-level S model gets only basic equipment, upper trims such as the SES and Titanium add a fair amount of advanced features. Some of them include a 10-speaker B&O Play audio system, a 110-volt outlet, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2018 Ford EcoSport Engine Specs
The 2018 Ford EcoSport will go on sale with a choice of two different powertrains. Front-wheel drive models will use a 1.0-liter three cylinder turbocharged gasoline unit. As for the all-wheel drive versions, they will get a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing and Competition
When it comes to the 2018 Ford EcoSport price tag, the base model should start around $19,000 in the U.S. That puts it in the same price range with the entry-level Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.