If you’re in the market for a small SUV that can provide all the functionality, versatility, and maneuverability you need, the Ford EcoSport may be the right car for you. Here is an overview of the specifics on each generation of the EcoSport along with country availability and high-level spec information.
First Generation (2004 – 2012)
In 2003, Ford of Brazil noticed an ever-growing need for a crossover vehicle to conquer small-town, ubiquitous unpaved roads. This vehicle would need to be versatile, and have the ability to maneuver over treacherous roads while maintaining an affordable price point to match its target market’s needs. Thus, the concept for the EcoSport was born. With modest interior features, a rugged exterior stance, and three available engines, the EcoSport filled a need that surpassed even Ford’s expectations.
Available features such as air-conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes, ABS, and Central Locking, the EcoSport quickly became one of Ford’s best-selling models in Brazil and nearby global locations.
The EcoSport began by offering a small but fuel efficient 1.0L engine, more powerful mid-sized 2.0L engine, and an impressive 1.4L Diesel engine in select global markets.
The base 1.0L engine was replaced by a 1.6L gasoline/methanol engine in 2007 as part of a minor mid-generation update. This was the only significant change for the first generation of the EcoSport.
Second Generation (2013 – 2017)
Like the first generation, the second generation was also designed at another global Ford location. Latin America Ford designed and built this generation of the EcoSport on the same platform as the Fiesta. The larger front grille, updated modern exterior and market-specific engine and transmission choices made it a versatile new global cross-over option.
Second Generation Facelift – US Availability (2018 – Present)
In 2017 the EcoSport received a much-needed facelift and was finally introduced to the North American car market. The new EcoSport received additional exterior color options, updated wheels, new bumpers, larger headlights, a re-designed grille, and updated stoplights. The upgraded exterior nicely complemented the new center console, more user-friendly interior controls, additional interior storage solutions, new soft-touch materials / seating, upgraded infotainment system, and additional driver assistance technologies.
The impressive 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space paired with its unique side to side swinging rear door distinguished the EcoSport from other crossover SUVs in the North America market. The EcoSport also comes with a 60/40 split rear seat, which if collapsed can increase your maximum cargo space to 50 cubic feet impressing any small SUV owner. Its maneuvering agility, and intuitive responsiveness elevates every city drive you take. There are both Front-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive models available along with a four-cylinder engine and available three-cylinder turbo engine option accommodating any customer’s preferences.
Before buying a used EcoSport, there are a few recalls you want to be aware of in any test drives or potential purchase opportunities.
- Models manufactured from May 2017 – June 2017
- Faulty Front Lower Control Suspension Arm
- Models manufactured from Nov 2017 – Dec 2017
- Faulty Front Seat Recliner Locks
- Petrol Models manufactured from Nov 2017 – March 2018
- Possible Chance of Sudden Deceleration or Battery Drainage
There are not many differences between each year’s models, however if you are wanting the 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, the 2020 model year comes standard with this upgraded feature.
Although the EcoSport has been in production for 16 years, you will be hard-pressed to find a model year before 2018 in the United States. With a combined fuel efficiency of 25-28 mpg, impressive cargo space, remarkable maneuverability and reasonable price, the EcoSport provides a wonderful solution to your city and small off-road adventure driving.