1 Nov 2013
Ford entered the sub-compact SUV segment in late 2013 with its Fiesta-based Indian-built EcoSport crossover that was a rival for the likes of the Holden Trax, Peugeot 2008 and Nissan Juke.
From launch Ford offered the top-spec Titanium ahead of the Ambiente and Trend that arrived in January 2014 with all variants only available in front-wheel drive. It did however have ground clearance of 200mm and a wading depth of 550mm.
Two engine choices were available depending on the specification, with one of the being Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbo-petrol engine producing 92kW/190Nm, matched with a five-speed manual only and good for fuel economy of 5.7L/100km.
The other option was a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit pumping out 82kW/140Nm with a five-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy for the larger unit was a touch thirstier than the turbo triple at 6.5L/100km what matched with the dual-clutch.
The EcoBoost featured a clever cabin with about 20 storage nooks and 60/40 split-fold rear seats that tumble down as well as recline.
Standard features included Sync infotainment, seven airbags, a full-size spare wheel, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), a slide-out draw under front passenger seat, steering wheel mounted audio controls, air conditioning, a trip computer, front and rear power windows and six-speaker MP3 audio system.
Trend and Titanium variants added cruise control, driver’s seat lumbar support, glovebox cooler, front fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels while the Titanium also featured silver roof rails, leather seat trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel, leather gear shifter (manual only), electro-chromic rear view mirror, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic headlights.
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