Ford EcoSport - Variants explained

Ford EcoSport - Variants explained

Even though the Ford EcoSport had already hit the roads in 2003, the American populace had to wait until 2018 for the blue oval automaker to start offering the much-popular and widely-renowned crossover in the United States of America. Following the launch, the compact crossover managed to find 54,348 homes in 2018 and then 64,708 in 2019 in the country. As of now, Ford offers the EcoSport in the U.S. in four different variants and two engine options.

Standing at 4097 mm long, 2057 mm wide, and 1653 mm tall, and with a wheelbase of 2519 mm, the Ford EcoSport rivals the likes of the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3, and others in the U.S. market. All the variants of Ford EcoSport come equipped with all of the modern-day features and creature comforts. But, with as many as four variants to choose from, it might become tricky to pick the right model for you.

Ford EcoSport front

So, let's find out the right model for you by having a look at what all four variants have on offer. But before that, check out the Ford EcoSport price list:

Ford EcoSport S $19,995
Ford EcoSport SE  $23,450
Ford EcoSport Titanium  $26,265
Ford EcoSport SES  $27,380

Ford EcoSport S

The entry-level model in the Ford EcoSport lineup for the U.S. market, the EcoSport S carries a price tag of $19,995. But don't be fooled by the entry-level tag as the EcoSport S doesn't lag too far behind the other models in the lineup. Starting with the exterior, the following are the major elements that the American crossover flaunts in the bid to gain the passersby attention:

  • Halogen quad-beam reflector headlights
  • Integrated blind spot mirrors
  • Rear swing gate
  • Easy Fuel® capless fuel fille
  • Rear window wiper
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Front variable intermittent wipers
  • Blacked-out front grille
  • Power-adjustable ORVMs
  • 16-inch low-gloss magnetic-painted machined-face aluminum wheels

Ford EcoSport rear

With the exterior done and dusted, let's now find out what is there on the inside out the Ford EcoSport S:

  • Cloth-trimmed front buckets with 4-way manual driver's seat
  • 60/40 fold-flat rear seatbacks
  • Manual air conditioning - single-zone
  • Ford Sync® with AM/FM, mp3, and 6 speakers
  • FordPass Connect™ with wi-fi hotspot
  • Ice Blue® interior lighting
  • Manual day/night rearview mirror
  • Sliding sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Powerpoints (12v) – 2
  • Smart-charging USB ports - 2
  • Power windows with driver's one-touch down
  • Steering wheel with cruise and audio controls

Ford EcoSport cabin

As we mentioned earlier, the Ford EcoSport specs sheet features two engine options to choose from, and the much-capable motors are as follows:

  • 1.0L EcoBoost® engine with Auto Start-Stop technology making 123 PS of maximum power and 170 Nm of peak torque
  • 2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 engine with Auto Start-Stop technology churning out 166 PS of maximum power and 202 Nm of peak torque

Both the above-mentioned engines come mated to a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that channels the power to the front wheels. In case you desire an even more engaging and potent drive, Ford also offers an optional Intelligent 4WD system. Further enhancing the driving experience on the Ford EcoSport S are the following bits & pieces:

  • Torque vectoring control
  • Traction control
  • Advancetrac® with Roll Stability Control™
  • Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system (ABS)

Just like any other Ford car, EcoSport is also safe as a house offering by the American automaker. And, the safety features list is already quite long even on the entry-level EcoSport S variant with the following features making their way to the crossover:

  • Personal Safety System™ with dual-stage driver and front-passenger airbags
  • Driver's and front passenger knee airbag
  • Front and second-row side airbags
  • Safety Canopy® system side-curtain airbags
  • Belt-Minder®
  • Configurable daytime running lights
  • Emergency brake assist system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rearview camera
  • MyKey®
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system
  • Remote start system (optional)

Ford EcoSport side

Ford EcoSport SE

The second variant in the American-spec Ford EcoSport is the SE that is up for grabs at $23,450. On top of the elements present on the S variant, the following are the additional features that bolster the SE trim's exterior:

  • Color door handles
  • Fog lights
  • Black roof rails
  • Led signature lighting
  • Silver front grille
  • Privacy glass on rear doors, quarter windows, and liftgate window
  • 16-inch shadow silver-painted aluminum wheels

Even though the powertrain and transmission options remain the same, the Ford EcoSport SE comes with an array of additional interior equipment compared to the entry-level S model. Let's have a look what more do you get on the inside of the EcoSport SE for an extra $3455:

  • 6-way powered driver's seat
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • 8-inch color LCD touchscreen
  • 7 speakers
  • Voice-activated touchscreen navigation system (optional)
  • Interior chrome door release levers
  • Intelligent access with push-button start
  • Power moonroof with sunshade
  • Ambient lighting (optional)
  • 110v power outlet (optional)

Ford EcoSport cabin

Just like the interior and the exterior, the Ford EcoSport SE is much advanced and better-equipped on the safety front as well with many new features making their way to the mid-range crossover:

  • Reverse Sensing System 
  • Rear View Camera 
  • BLIS® with cross-traffic alert (optional)

Ford EcoSport Titanium

At $26,265, the Ford EcoSport Titanium is the third-model in the compact crossover's range in the for the American masses. Similar to the EcoSport SE, the Titanium trim also gets the same set of engine options that come coupled with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. Also, the Ford Intelligent 4WD system is still offered as optional equipment. The only additional features and creature comforts that make the EcoSport Titanium plusher and more upmarket than two S and SE models are:

  • BLIS® with cross-traffic alert
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • B&O™ sound system by Bang & Olufsen with 10 speakers
  • 17-inch premium dark stainless-painted machined aluminum wheels
  • Silver-painted roof rack side rails
  • Leather upholstery
  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Voice-activated touchscreen navigation system
  • Heated steering wheel

Ford EcoSport interior

Ford EcoSport SES

The last but not least is on the list is the Ford EcoSport SES that is priced at $27,380. Being the range-topping model in the American crossover's lineup, the EcoSport SES brings along a host of premium features and creature comforts. The crossover, however, misses out on the 1.0L EcoBoost® engine and is offered with a single powertrain option. The mechanical bits & pieces on the EcoSport SES include:

  • 2.0L Ti-VCT I-4 engine with Auto Start-Stop technology churning out 168 PS of maximum power and 202 Nm of peak torque
  • Six-speed SelectShift® automatic Transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Intelligent 4WD System

Ford EcoSport front

Speaking of the upgrades on the exterior and interior, the Ford EcoSport SES misses out on the B&O™ sound system by Bang & Olufsen but retains the 8-inch touchscreen. Notable changes inside and outside the crossover comprise of the following:

  • 17-inch painted machined aluminum wheels
  • ActiveX seating material
  • Ambient lighting
  • Ano Gray-colored instrument panel accents

These were the different Ford EcoSport variants that are on offer in the U.S. market, and for $19,995 to $27,380, the crossover makes for a great value-for-money four-wheel companion. Speaking of which of the four variants is the most exciting and bang-for-the-buck option, we will suggest you getting your hands on the Ford EcoSport Titanium trim without any second thoughts.

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