AFTER launching the model in late January, Ford Phils. at the Manila International Auto Show announced it will start deliveries of the all-new Ford EcoSport. The company said its latest product “brings an entirely new offering to the SUV segment” as the EcoSport features “best-in-class design, an array of smart technologies and remarkable fuel economy.”
The EcoSport is built at Ford’s manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand.
At the Manila show, Ford Phils. pulled a surprise as it brought out the latest Ford Escape that’s sold mostly in North America. The company said the new model is likely to arrive in the Philippines by the third quarter of the year.
Ford bills the EcoSport, a B-segment-size SUV that’s based on the Ford Fiesta, as a vehicle that’s fit for urban use and is an “aspirational alternative” to the compact car as it targets customers who are “independent and who love exploring the world around them.”
Ford Phils. Managing Director Kay Hart said that the model will cater to people who are looking for something new.
“The all-new EcoSport was designed to break through the boundaries of today’s compact car and SUV segments. With a combination of quality design, an array of smart technologies and great value for money, it sets a completely new standard in the market,” Hart said.
Ford said the car’s high driving position, rugged capability and convenient features make it the “right vehicle for both city streets and mountain roads.” The EcoSport has a wading depth of 550 millimeters, which should be perfect in flood-prone places.
Powering the EcoSport is a four-cylinder, 1.5-liter gasoline engine that’s fitted with twin independent variable camshaft timing, and which makes 108hp at 6,300rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. It can be matched to either Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox.
The EcoSport comes with Ford’s Sync in-car connectivity system that can link to mobile phones and digital music players via voice commands. The car also gets smart keyless entry, a power start button and rear parking sensors. A host of safety features—dual front airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, electronic stability, hill-start launch assist—is standard. The car is also equipped with electric power-assist steering.
In terms of interior room, the EcoSport has ample head- and knee room for five occupants. Its cabin also has 20 storage spaces, including a glove box that can cool up to six canned beverages. The rear seats can be reclined or folded down, increasing luggage space to 705 liters—big enough to accommodate a washing machine. Also, the rear seats can be split 60/40, allowing for long objects in the trunk while still being able to carry passengers.
Four variants of the EcoSport will be available, with prices starting at P775,000 for the Ambiente MT; go up to P825,000 for the Trend MT; P875,000 for the Trend AT; and top at P975,000 for the Titanium AT. Colors available are Mars Red, Candy Red, Lunar Sky, Ingot Silver, Frozen White, Panther Black and Winning Blue.