Ford reveals new Ecosport with all-wheel-drive

Ford Eco Sport Facelift Set To Dazzle In Frankfurt Ahead Of India Launch

A lowered-powered 100PS of the 1.5-liter TDCi combined with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual will be available from launch. The mill is mated to a new six-speed manual gearbox and it also gets an all-wheel-drive system for mild off-roading. Ford promises a more versatile EcoSport this time around, with refinements to styling as well as in the engineering that underpins the new Ford SUV.

Expected to arrive in dealership showrooms early next year, the 2018 Ford EcoSport will boast a competitive sticker price.

"Cosmetic changes include a big new trapezoidal grille, HID headlights, LED running lights, new back bumper and tail lights and new 17" and 18" alloys. The sculpted bonnet gets a central bulge for a cleaner front-end appearance, supported by heated washer nozzles hidden beneath the upper bonnet lip. There's also adjustable mood lighting. Buyers can choose from 12 bold colours and more personalisation options - including contrasting roof colours. The new EcoSport, given its extra features, should push that price up a little.

By the looks of it, the new EcoSport appears to be a promising deal. "Drivers will feel more comfortable and self-assured than ever at the wheel". Practicality is said to be improved with the introduction of a height adjustable boot floor. A new centre console features a built-in folding, sliding passenger armrest with a storage compartment ideal for tablet computers or snacks. What we haven't seen much of, though, is the ST-Line variant of the popular crossover.

Ford has recently unveiled the European-spec 2018 EcoSport facelift ahead of its official launch. The vehicle will come in to compete with models like the Kia Soul, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V.

For the dash Ford has fit up its latest SYNC 3 infotainment package which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology. The lower trims feature, the smaller 6.5-inch colour touchscreen.

The base trim also includes a backup camera, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic start-stop technology, and two fast-charging USB ports, with a $185 option to tack on a tailgate-mounted spare tire. Ford claims that the materials on show have stepped up in quality, while the seats are also new.

Check out the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in the video below followed by the complete image gallery.

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