Ford EcoSport

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Ford EcoSport
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Overview
Manufacturer Ford
Production 2003–present
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV
Body style 5-door wagon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Escape (Southeast Asia)

The Ford EcoSport is a mini sport utility vehicle (SUV), originally built in Brazil by Ford Brazil since 2003, at the Camaçari plant. A second generation concept model was launched in 2012 and is intended to be also assembled in a new factory in Chennai, India[1] and Vietnam.

First generation (2004–2012)[edit]

First generation
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Overview
Production 2003–2012
Model years 2004–2012
Assembly Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil (Ford Brazil)
Body and chassis
Platform Ford B3 platform
Related Ford Fiesta
Ford Fusion
Mazda 2
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L I4 (gasoline)
1.4 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,490 mm (98.0 in)
Length 4,228 mm (166.5 in)
Width 1,980 mm (78.0 in)
Height 1,679 mm (66.1 in)

The EcoSport was designed by the Ford-US Truck Vehicle Center (program code BV226) and based on the Cologne built European Fiesta, because of this, the project used the Ford B3 platform.

The EcoSport is one of Ford's best-seller models in Brazil (consistently appearing on the 20 best-selling vehicles), Argentina, Venezuela and Mexico. Its main competitors are the Fiat Palio Weekend Adventure, Volkswagen CrossFox. In 2011 sales reached 700,000.[2] The EcoSport has sold well.

Versions and engines[edit]

The EcoSport has been available with five inline-four engines:

All models have front-wheel drive with manual transmission as standard. The 2.0 L model can also receive a four-speed automatic transmission or four-wheel drive. In the latter case, an electronically controlled system lets the driver engage the rear axle from the dashboard.

Restyling[edit]

In late 2007, a restyling was introduced, which renewed completely the front to bring it closer to modern Ford pick-ups as well as the recent Brazilian restyling of the Ford Fiesta, also updated the rear lights, both bumpers, and in the interior showed new dashboard using better quality materials.

Mexico[edit]

The Ford EcoSport arrived in late 2003 to Mexico as a 2004 model. The reception by the public was impressive and continued until 2006. For the 2007 model year, sales of the small SUV began slipping and stopped being a hot seller. Compared to 15,000 units sold in 2004, only 10,000 units of the 2007 model year were sold. This trend continued to worsen for the refreshed 2008 model year due in part to a price increase. Only 6,345 units of the 2008 model year were sold, and 2009 model year sales through July 2009 were a mere 2,135 units. Due to decreasing sales, and heightened competition from the Ford Escape, Ford has announced that a shortened 2010 model year will be the last sold in Mexico. However a year later Ford had announced the new EcoSport to launch in 2012 bringing back the EcoSport to Mexico after a two-year absence.

Second generation (2013–present)[edit]

Second generation
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Overview
Production 2012–present
Model years 2013–present
Assembly Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil (Ford Brazil)
Chennai, India (Ford India)
Rayong, Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand)[3]
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia (Ford Sollers)[4]
Body and chassis
Platform Ford global B-car platform
Related Ford B-Max
Ford Fiesta
Mazda 2
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I3 (gasoline)
1.5 L I4 (gasoline)
1.6 L I4 (gasoline)
2.0 L I4 (gasoline)
1.5 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,521 mm (99.3 in)
Length 4,241 mm (167.0 in)
Width 1,765 mm (69.5 in)
Height 1,696 mm (66.8 in)

The second generation of EcoSport has been developed under Ford’s Global product development process. It is based on the 2011 Ford Fiesta B2E platform. It was launched globally. The second generation EcoSport was first showcased as a concept at the 2012 New Delhi Auto Expo, in India on 4 January 2012. [5] The car was launched in Brazil on 14 July 2012 at a starting price of 53,490 Brazilian real.[6]

Ford showcased the production variant of Ford EcoSport in China, where the SUV was slated to launch on March 19, 2013. In addition to China, the SUV will also be manufactured at Ford India's Chennai plant, for domestic sale and export to the European market. Ford's Rayong plant in Thailand will manufacture the EcoSport for Southeast Asian markets.[3] The Ecosport stands in direct competition with Renault Duster & Nissan Terrano.[7]

The EcoSport will be powered by a British-designed 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine which has a power output of 120 PS (88 kW; 118 bhp) and 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) of torque. The engine features Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing) which contributes to the turbocharged engine’s peak torque starting at 1,300 rpm.[8]

Powertrains[edit]

The EcoSport is a global product, available with a number of powertrain solutions to serve different demographics. The list of powertrains includes Ford's newest, most advanced engine-the 1.0-litre EcoBoost developed at Ford's Dunton Technical Center in the UK. The 1.0-litre, 3 cylinder, turbocharged, cast-iron engine comes in two versions: 74 kW (101 PS; 99 hp) and 88 to 92 kW (120 to 125 PS; 118 to 123 hp), with the latter delivering a peak torque of 170 Nm (125 lb·ft) from 1,300–4,500 rpm and 200 Nm (148 lb·ft) on overboost. Ford's decision to use cast-iron for the engine block instead of aluminium improved engine warm-up time by 50 per cent. However, The 3-cylinder engine design causes inherent vibrations, which Ford overcame by incorporating a deliberately unbalanced flywheel. Employing the unbalanced flywheel conserves energy more efficiently than employing the more commonly used balance shafts to ensure smooth running. Additionally, an internal timing belt bathed in engine oil ensures longer life and even greater efficiency. Lastly, to reduce warm-up times and increase efficiency even further, Ford engineers cast the exhaust manifold into the cylinder head. The EcoBoost engine design is quite compact, with the entire engine block's height and width dimensions comparable to an A4 size sheet of paper. The EcoSport will be available with this engine design in China, India and Europe, but not Brazil. The Brazilian EcoSport will be powered by a 1.6 L petrol engine, which produces 113bhp (114.5 PS, 84 kW)and 115 lb.ft (156 Nm) of torque.

Along with the 1.0 L EcoBoost engine, the Chinese and the Indian market will also get a 1.5 L Ti-VCT petrol engine, which produces 108 bhp (109.5 PS, 80.5 kW) and 140 Nm (103 lb.ft). The EcoSport will also feature a 1.5L TDCi diesel engine that outputs 90bhp (67 kW, 91 PS) power and 204 Nm (150 lb.ft) of torque at 2000-2750 rpm.[9]

Safety and comfort features[edit]

The Ford EcoSport comes equipped with a variety of features, including the latest Ford SYNC driver connect system, a unique voice command system co-developed with Microsoft. Advanced climate control and a centrally mounted LCD screen with SYNC controls are also included. Safety features include anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability program (ESP), electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) with Hill Launch Assist and rear parking sensors. [10]

Mileage[edit]

The mileage of the Ford EcoSport according to ARAI certified is as follows:

  • 22.7 kmpl / 4.4 L/100 km (1.5L Diesel)
  • 18.9 kmpl / 5.29 L/100 km (1.0L EcoBoost Petrol)
  • 15.8 kmpl / 6.32 L/100 km (1.5L Petrol MT)
  • 15.6 kmpl / 6.41 L/100 km (1.5L Petrol AT) [11]

Marketing[edit]

India

The Indian market will be amongst the first few to receive EcoSport. The car is being manufactured at Ford India's Chennai plant, available in four trims with the choice of three different engine options 1.0L EcoBoost, 1.5L Ti-VCT and 1.5L TDCi. The engines will be mated with 5-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

Europe

Ford plans to launch the EcoSport in Europe during 2014, with a limited first batch of 500 units arriving in the first quarter of the year.[12] The announcement was made in September 2013 at the IFA exhibition in Berlin and the first limited edition versions could be ordered on a dedicated website.[13]

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