First launched in 2003, the Ford EcoSport obtained a serious overhaul for the 2013 mannequin yr, when Ford determined to show the mini SUV into a world automobile. One of many firm’s finest-promoting fashions in markets comparable to Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, the EcoSport returned with contemporary styling and plenty of drivetrains for various demographics. It’s most vital characteristic is by far the British-designed, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which returns excellent gas economic system and permits the crossover to tow as much as seven-hundred kg (1,543 kilos).
2015 Ford EcoSport S Review
Already in its third 12 months on the European market, the EcoSport acquired a brand new member of the family on the 2015 Geneva Motor Present. Named the EcoSport S, the brand new trim degree broadens the EcoSport’s presence in numerous European markets, the place the mini SUV market is increasing at an extremely quick fee. What makes the EcoSport S particular, you ask? You’ll need to maintain studying to search out out.
Exterior Interior 2015 Ford EcoSport S
Serving to the EcoSport stand out amongst its siblings is the Deep Affect Blue exterior coloration (additionally obtainable on the Mondeo and Fiesta), the black roof with out roof rails, black mirror caps and unique 17-inch alloy wheels, additionally completed in black. Prospects will be capable to add a sportier rear diffuser component and privateness glass by checking their respective containers on the choices checklist. Except for these additions, the outside of the Ford EcoSport stays unaltered.
The inside of the EcoSport S didn’t obtain any particular options. Nevertheless, this new trim degree advantages from the complete checklist of enhancements Ford simply rolled out for the EcoSport household.
New options embrace a colour four-inch show, a Charcoal Black decrease instrument panel, heart console and door boards, and partial leather-based seats, which come normal with the vary-topping Titanium fashions. The instrument cluster now function chrome encompass rings, whereas the window-lifting switches have chrome tabs. The parking brake lever was relocated nearer to the drivers’ seat to enhance entry. A brand new Winter Pack consists of heated windscreen and seats, in addition to rear seat ducting at flooring stage for improved consolation in chilly situations.
The EcoSport’s inside is now quieter too, as NVH ranges have been diminished via an enhanced sound package deal with thicker supplies and insulation.
2015 Ford EcoSport S Drivetrain
Ford makes no point out as to which of the present drivetrains inspire the EcoSport S, however it’s secure to imagine the brand new trim stage might be outfitted with any of three out there engines. European clients can select between two gasoline powerplants. There’s the 1.5-liter Duratec with a hundred and ten horsepower and the 1.zero-liter EcoBoost with 123, each mated to a 5-velocity guide transmission. The third choice is a 1.5-liter turbodiesel that cranks out ninety four horses for 2015, which is a rise of 5 over the earlier mannequin. The diesel can also be linked to a 5-velocity guide.
The marginally extra-highly effective diesel isn’t the one replace the EcoSport acquired on this division. The gearbox has been revised for diminished torque truncation in decrease gears, which offers extra accessible torque for each the 1.zero-liter EcoBoost and the 1.5-liter TDCi items. Ford additionally made revisions to the springs, dampers, spring aids, steering gear, rear axle twist beam, Digital Stability settings, and steering help system. Consequently, the EcoSport ought to present drivers with a extra dynamic expertise.
Ford EcoSport S Price
There’s no pricing data to go by as of March 2015, but when I had been to take a guess, I’d say the EcoSport S will slot between the Zetec and Titanium fashions within the UK. That stated, pricing ought to begin from around £15,000 (about $22,850 as of 03/05/2015). The bottom EcoSport retails from £14,245 (around $21,700).