2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs
The Ford EcoSport’s standing as the Blue Oval’s smallest crossover isn’t stopping it from making a statement at the 2018 SEMA Auto Show. With assistance from aftermarket tuner, Tucci Designs, the EcoSport is showing off a more rugged “Big Adventures” personality that’s built for the outdoors. Bucci Design’s Ford EcoSport Big Adventures is one of five Ford crossovers and SUVs that’s appearing at SEMA when the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show opens its doors next month.
2018 Ford EcoSport
The second-generation Ford EcoSport was introduced back in 2012, but it didn’t arrive in the United States until 2017. That’s when Ford updated the vehicle and decided to enter the subcompact crossover market in North America. The facelifted included a revised front end design, a mildly reshaped rear end, a new infotainment system with new technology, and some revisions to the drivetrain.
A successful nameplate in Europe, the EcoSport comes to the U.S. to try and fulfill a difficult task. It has to compete against a handful of subcompact crossovers, most of which are already established players and selling like hotcakes. Its main rivals are the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Kicks, which replaced the old Juke starting 2017. Do you think the EcoSport has what it takes to stick it to all of the heavy competition and come out on top? Well, let’s take a good look at it and how it stacks up to see what it’s really working with.
First introduced in 2003, the EcoSport received a major overhaul for the 2013 model year, when Ford decided to turn the mini SUV into a global vehicle. One of the company’s best-selling models in markets such as Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico, the EcoSport returned with fresh styling and a number of drivetrains for different demographics. It’s most important feature is by far the British-designed, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which returns outstanding fuel economy and enables the crossover to tow up to 700 kg (1,543 pounds).
Already in its third year on the European market, the EcoSport received a new family member at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Named the EcoSport S, the new trim level broadens the EcoSport’s presence in various European markets, where the mini SUV market is expanding at an incredibly fast rate. What makes the EcoSport S special, you ask? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ford EcoSport S.
Ford took its opportunity at the 2012 Auto Expo to announce the globalization of its new EcoSport compact SUV - the second of eight new vehicles that Ford plans to offer worldwide. The new model will combine best-in-class design, technology, quality, and safety to aim itself towards a new generation of consumers.
The new Ford EcoSport will be powered by the newest and smallest-ever 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and uses twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to further improve performance and economy.
"EcoSport has a tough, robust attitude that says ‘I can play with the big boys’," said J Mays, group vice president, Design, and chief creative officer, Ford Motor Company. "But it also makes you want to play. It’s friendly and sociable, and this unique mix is its secret formula. That’s why it is so appealing. EcoSport is perfect for crowded urban streets and it inspires you to seek adventure away from the city too."
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