Ford has revealed a new version of the EcoSport compact sports utility vehicle that it says will deliver enhanced versatility and capability, more refined styling and sophisticated technologies for customers in Europe, from later this year.
This is just as well, considering the older version was pretty cheap and nasty, but the company insists the new EcoSport will, for the first time, offer Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive technology for improved traction on- and off-road, combined with an advanced new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, delivering up to 125 bhp and optimised CO2 emissions.
Also available for the first time as a sporty, Ford Performance-inspired EcoSport STLine model, the new Ford EcoSport delivers driver assistance technologies including SYNC 3 connectivity, Cruise Control with Adjustable Speed Limiter and Rear View Camera.
Ford says the new SUV will feature enhanced dynamic, rugged and refined exterior styling and will be offered in 12 bold colours with many personalisation options.
The latter will include contrasting painted roof colour options that extend to the window pillars, upper door frames, rear roof spoiler and door mirrors.
A user-centric, upscale new interior offers a superior occupant experience with floating central 8-inch touchscreen, heated steering wheel and smart stowage solutions including an adjustable boot floor.
“Ford has sold 150,000 EcoSport compact SUVs in Europe since we first introduced the model to the region in 2014, and last year sales grew 40%,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company.
“The new Ford EcoSport offers customers even more style, comfort, capability and choice — blending rugged SUV functionality with city car practicality,” he added.
No prices or specifications have yet been confirmed.
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