FORD Phils. recently introduced to the country the all-new Ford EcoSport, a B-segment-size SUV that’s based on the popular Ford Fiesta. The company said this makes the vehicle fit for the urban world.
The EcoSport will be sold nationwide starting April.
According to Ford, the EcoSport 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 segment. 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 added the Ecosport’s high driving position, rugged capability, superior fuel economy and convenient features are meant to take both city streets and mountain roads with comfort and ease.
Ford Phils. Marketing and Sales Vice President Minnie Valencia-Bustamante noted the EcoSport will enable people to “experience a right-sized vehicle” that has been developed with the Philippines’ road conditions in mind.
The EcoSport to be sold locally is built at Ford’s manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand. Ford said it intends to sell the SUV in around 100 countries.
The vehicle is powered by a 1.5-liter engine that is fitted with Ford’s twin independent variable camshaft timing. It makes 108hp at 6,300rpm and 142Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, and can be mated to the brand’s six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission or a five-speed manual gearbox.
As a model that has been developed for the global market, the EcoSport is equipped with all the smart and innovative features as those found on other Ford vehicles. The list includes a smart keyless entry system, power-start button and the voice-activated in-car connectivity system called Sync.
Form and function
Unlike compact cars, the EcoSport boasts a ground clearance of 200 millimeters, helping it to wade through 550 millimeters of water. As such, the vehicle is perfectly fit for tackling floods, especially during the monsoon season.
In terms of interior room, the EcoSport has ample head- and knee room for five occupants. Its cabin also has 20 practical storage spaces, including a glove box that can cool up to six canned beverages. The rear seats can be reclined for greater comfort 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.