2018 Ford EcoSport Has Arrived; Here’s What You Need to Know

The all-new 2018 Ford EcoSport can now be found in showrooms across the country. But what exactly sets this latest and smallest Ford SUV apart from its five brothers? Let’s take a look.

Global vehicle
Ford is first and foremost a truck and SUV company, so why did it feel the need to launch a subcompact crossover? Well, these little rides are hip and increasingly popular in North America. The EcoSport has actually been around since 2003, selling in a number of markets around the world and enjoying quite a bit of success. The most important thing to know here is that the latest generation introduced in 2012 was designed and developed as a global vehicle.

Cutting-edge technology
These days, infotainment systems seem to matter just as much if not more than powertrains. The 2018 Ford EcoSport is certainly a prime example. Customers will find several connectivity options starting with SYNC 3 and SYNC Connect, with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration also available. Moreover, there are 12V and 110V power outlets plus multiple USB ports allowing everyone on board to charge their mobile device.

Under the hood, two engines are offered including a 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder (part of the EcoBoost family, of course) and a 2.0-litre four cylinder. The former generates 123 horsepower while the latter is rated at 167 horsepower. Their towing capacity is an impressive 635 kilograms (1400 lbs.) and 907 kilograms (2000 lbs.). A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both engines, though only the bigger one transfers power to all four wheels.

Another crossover at a crowded party
Some people will wonder about the relevance of a sixth SUV in Ford’s portfolio, but the truth of the matter is that vehicles is this key segment are selling like hot cakes right now. They are big on style and practicality while offering a higher driving position than pretty much all cars. Just look at how many people are turning to the EcoSport’s direct competitors, such as the Hyundai Kona, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Trax, Toyota C-HR and Honda HR-V. We think it’s safe to assume that crowds will similarly flock to Blue Oval dealers now that the little Ford is finally on sale in Canada.

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