- Ford Eco Sport EU-Version, 2014
Eco Sport is the first Ford global model to be developed entirely in South America. Originally introduced in 2003, the groundbreaking first model established a new segment and has gone on to sell more than 700,000 units in the region. The new model was launched in Brazil in September 2012 and is expected to help drive further growth for Ford in both India and China after being introduced in those markets in 2013.
Ford debuted the European production version of the all-new Eco Sport at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, adding to its growing SUV line-up in Europe as part of the company's product-led transformation.
Built on Ford's global B-segment platform, the compact Eco Sport will deliver the agility and fuel efficiency of a small family car with the flexibility, spaciousness, high driving position, and go anywhere appeal of an SUV.
Ford Eco Sport joins the recently-launched Ford Kuga, as Ford builds on its SUV heritage with plans to sell one million SUVs in Europe over the next six years. Ford also plans to bring to Europe the next generation Ford Edge, a larger and more premium utility vehicle popular in the U.S. and other markets.
The all-new Ford Eco Sport will offer a range of efficient power trains, including the 125 PS 1.0-litre Eco Boost petrol engine - International Engine of the Year - a 110 PS 1.5-litre petrol engine, and a 90 PS 1.5-litre diesel engine expected to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency.
The Ford Eco Sport's distinctive silhouette has been shaped to enhance fuel efficiency. The compact SUV's large front grille, short bonnet and raked front pillars, deliver a sporty and contemporary feel, and angular headlamps reinforce the modern look.
Eco Sport will also be equipped with SYNC, Ford's voice-activated in-car connectivity system. As a first in Europe, the Ford SYNC App Link system will offer drivers voice control of mobile apps on the move, including the leading music streaming service Spotify. Also, Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance will directly connect the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region.
Ford Eco Sport also will offer a comprehensive package of driver assistance technologies including Electronic Stability Program and Hill Launch Assist.