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2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

2018 Ford EcoSport Big Adventures by Tucci Designs

This isn’t your sisters Ford EcoSport

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.

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2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

Ford enters the subcompact SUV segment with the Ford EcoBoost

SUVs and crossovers are big business here in the U.S., which is why just about every automaker here has a handful of models that range from compact to excessively large. Ford currently has a total of six SUVs in its lineup if you count the Transit Connect, but that lineup is about to get a new, miniature addition to the family to the form of the Ford EcoSport. Offered with either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four-banger, this little SUV should have a fair amount of power to go with lots of optional features. There will be a total of four trim levels, all of which have a side-hinged rear hatch and can be had in no fewer than 10 exterior colors. When you add in things like the seven different ambient lighting choices, intelligent 4WD (on some models,) and the Sync 3 infotainment system into the mix, you get a pretty solid package for an SUV that’s small enough that it doesn’t look like it belongs in the fuel-hungry United States.

Something I really liked about Ford is that it didn’t buy into the subcompact SUV market, but it’s only fair to at least give EcoSport a chance. Maybe it will find itself right at home here in the U.S. After all, the subcompact SUV segment is really hopping these days with models like the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and the Buick Encore all being fan favorites. Then you’ve got the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, and even the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport all trying to get their fair share of the pie too. Even if the EcoSport doesn’t become a fan favorite, it sure will be fun to sit back and watch it duke it out in this overcrowded segment.

With that said, 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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Ford EcoSport.

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2015 Ford EcoSport S

2015 Ford EcoSport S

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.

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2012 Ford EcoSport

2012 Ford EcoSport

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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2007 Ford Ecosport

2007 Ford Ecosport

Ford’s EcoSport dominates Brazil’s compact SUV segment with a commanding 80 percent market share.

This month, Ford Brazil launches a new version of the SUV with automatic transmission for distribution to dealerships in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

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