Ford EcoSport Gets Updated For Europe: Reduced NVH, Improved Ride And HandlingAuto News
The most obvious styling tweak is the optional removal of the tailgate-mounted spare tyre and in its place is a tyre repair kit. Also, the rear swing-gate now offers a partial opening function to allow for easier access.
As for engines, the 1.5-litre TDCi diesel (not offered in Malaysia), now outputs 5PS more, at 95PS with a fuel economy return of 4.4 litres per 100km and emissions of just 115g/km of CO2 emissions (NEDC). The 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre Ti-VCT naturally-aspirated engines are still offered with all three engines being Euro 6 compliant. Engine and gearbox matching is reworked to offer better low speed torque and drivability.
More significant enhancements are reduced noise, vibration, and harshness levels with thicker sound-deadening materials in the doors and dashboard, as well as via tighter seals around the pedals.
Ride and handling also see revisions to the springs, dampers, and rear torsion beam. The car now sits 10mm lower while the stability control and electronic power steering is now tuned for European roads.
Inside, Titanium variants of the Ford EcoSport get new leather seats while all versions receive a new steering wheel and more chrome trim. The lower instrument panel, centre console, and door boards are now finished in black. Models with Ford’s SYNC infotainment system now feature a 4.0-inch colour display and finally, the handbrake lever is repositioned for better reach ad use. Coming soon, satellite-navigation and a rear-view camera will also be made available.