The Ford EcoSport is classified as a mini sport utility vehicle and was originally built in Brazil by Ford Brazil starting in 2003 at the Camacari plant. There was also a second generation concept model which was launched back in 2012 and it production was planned to take place at the Chennai, India factory as well as one located in Vietnam. The first generation of this vehicle spans from 2004 to 2012 and was designed by the Ford-US Truck Vehicle Center. This vehicle is also considered to be one of Ford’s most successful models in Brazil as well as other countries including Mexico, Argentina, and Venezuela.
The EcoSport is available in five different inline-four engines, including the Zetec-Rocam 1.0 liter gasoline 8v supercharged with 95 PS, the Zetec-Rocam 1.6 liter 8v (gasoline/ethanol), Duratec 2.0 liter gasoline 16v 145 PS, and the Duratorq 1.4 liter TDCi Diesel with 68 PS. Every model of this vehicle comes with a front-wheel drive design as well as a manual transmission standard. The 2.0 liter model of the EcoSport comes with an optional four-speed automatic transmission or 4-wheel drive. With the 4-wheel drive models, an electronically controlled system allows the driver to engage the rear axle using controls located on the dashboard.
In 2007 the EcoSport received some restyling with a new front end to make it look more like the modern Ford pick-ups along with the Ford Fiesta which received updated rear lights and both bumpers along with the interior which included a new dashboard with higher quality materials. This vehicle arrived late to Mexico in 2003 as the 2004 model and the overall reception to it was incredibly impressive, continuing on till 2006. Sales for the newer 2007 model began declining and it eventually lost its title as one of the most popular vehicles from this American automaker giant.
The second generation EsoSport was developed under Ford’s global product development process, leading to quite a few changes, both with the interior and exterior. This vehicle’s overall design was based on the 2011 Ford Fiesta B2E platform and was launched on an international level. This generation was first unveiled and displayed at the New Delhi Auto Expo in 2012. The car launched in Brazil in July of 2012 with a starting price of $52,490. Ford also showcased this new vehicle in China where it was set for a March 19, 2013 launch.
The EcoSport is sold on a global level and available with a multitude of powertrains to cater to various demographics in places all over the world. Some of the powertrains that are available with this vehicle include the 1.0 liter EcoBoost which was developed at Ford’s Dunton Technical Center in the UK as well as the 1.0 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged cast-iron engine which comes in both 99 horsepower and 123 horsepower versions. It was discovered that the 3-cylinder engine design Ford came up with caused inherent and significant vibrations but it was compensated with a deliberately unbalanced flywheel.
As far as safety with the EcoSport is concerned, it has a number of different features, including Ford’s own SYNC driver connect system as well as a voice command system which was co-developed by Microsoft. This vehicle also has advanced climate control and a centrally mounted LCD screen complete with SYNC controls. Some of the safety features that this vehicle has to offer include the anti-lock brakes, electric power-assisted steering, and the electronic stability program. The EcoSport received average safety ratings for both adult and child occupants. Overall, this vehicle has a history of positive consumer experiences and continues to a popular model from Ford.