Finally, new 2018 Ford Ecosport gets all-wheel drive

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 by

Ford has restyled its Ecosport to the point where it’s hardly recognisable, and then thrown in a Bang & Olufsen sound system and all-wheel drive…

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Ford gave the public a glimpse of the new 2018 Ecosport crossover late last year at the Los Angeles motor show but the zero-emissions Jaguar I-Pace hogged all the attention.

Now the redesigned Ecosport is ready to try announcing itself yet again, at next week’s before the car goes on sale worldwide, including in India and the Middle East where the model gets region-specific powertrains and equipment levels.

The big deal overseas is a three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which will be offered in the 2018 Ecosport in three levels of tune — the entry-level model will get by with a six-speed manual gearbox and 100 horsepower, while the 125bhp and top-spec 140bhp options will be available with six-speed automatics.

Currently the outgoing Ecosport starts from AED70,000 and comes with a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre engine producing just shy of 110 horsepower in the Middle East, so a more refined turbocharged option would be welcomed by consumers.

The other big deal is that the 2018 Ecosport will for the first time come with an all-wheel drive option, so here’s hoping we get the choice when the car arrives in our region most likely to make its local debut at November’s .

Ford designers certainly took a cue from the company’s ST line of performance vehicles when restyling the Ecosport, because the cutesy crossover is suddenly all swollen and aggressive with lots of black details, offering a new extended line of colours and contrasting roof choices, and a heap of changes inside.

Believe it or not this budget crossover will additionally come with a Bang & Olufsen sound system, optional of course, featuring 10 speakers and a bot-mounted subwoofer. Other changes inside include a new 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and a main 8.0-inch display in the middle of the dash.

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