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US spec Ford EcoSport hints at what SA can expect next year


The first images of the facelifted Ford EcoSport, albeit in US-spec, has leaked online four days before its official unveiling at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Confirmed to enter the States for the first time during the first quarter of 2018, the EcoSport adopts the Blue Oval's latest styling language with a more prominent grille, new headlights, bumpers, faux skid plate and a subtly revised bonnet.

At the rear, the spare wheel has been relocated to underneath the boot floor although it remains to be seen whether this setup will apply to the local market.

In perhaps the biggest change, the now aged Fiesta derived smartphone dash makes way for a brand eight-inch floating touch screen display which boasts Ford's SYNC 3 system incorporating Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Sirius XM satellite radio.

As well as a new steering wheel and grab handle in front of the passenger, the flagship Titanium will feature a 675 watt ten-speaker Harman sound system and B&O Play, which allows for speaker placement according to preference. Dual fast charging USB ports completes the interior revisions.

Initially, the EcoSport will be offered in the States in a choice of four spec levels; S, SE, SES and Titanium, with motivation coming from a 1.0-litre three cylinder EcoBoost or a normally aspirated 2.0-litre four cylinder, both connected to a six-speed automatic transmission.

While the EcoBoost is likely to remain front-wheel drive only model, the 2.0-litre will be offered with optional four-wheel drive on the SES and Titanium versions.

No word has yet been made as to when the EcoSport wil arrive in South Africa, although production in India, where local models are sourced from, is expected to commence early next year.

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