New subcompact crossover expects to pack a punch with less fuel
Ford officially took the wraps off the production version of the all-new Fiesta-based EcoSport crossover, which was flanked by the all-new Ford Kuga, and the Ford Edge. The EcoSport made its concept debut earlier this year in India. The new sub-compact crossover is aimed at younger customers.
"Ford's passion and ingenuity for designing and building SUVs have won us proud customers for generations and we believe the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer will also win the hearts of customers in China too," said Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor China. "Staying a step ahead of customer aspirations, Ford has reinvented its traditionally practical, versatile and muscular SUVs to become more fuel-efficient, smart, agile and intuitive while preserving their core personality."
Using the latest powertrain technologies such as EcoBoost™ and twin independent camshaft variable timing (Ti-VCT), Ford has given its SUVs a wide range of engines that are capable of high power and high torque while consuming less fuel.
The 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection engine in the all-new EcoSport delivers 118 hp and 170 Nm of torque, with performance to rival a 1.6-liter petrol engine. The EcoSport will also use Ti-VCT variable cam timing technology to deliver even better fuel efficiency. The technology allows for precise and variable control over the valve timing for optimum performance which improves fuel economy and reduces part-throttle emissions. The EcoBoost engine will be mated to an advanced six-speed automatic transmission which optimize gearing to further shave off fuel consumption.
The new EcoSport is also part of the One Ford global vehicle program and will be introduced to the Philippine market. While the Kuga plaform was used for the new Escape in the US, Ford ASEAN still remains mum on the future of the Escape for our markets.