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2018 Ford EcoSport: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 26, 2017

Model Preview

The Ford EcoSport will be a new subcompact crossover for the 2018 model year. Previously sold only in foreign markets, it will be the smallest SUV in the automaker's lineup here in America.

In overall dimensions, the vehicle will be 9 inches shorter than the Ford Escape. Access to the cargo area will be possible via a swinging door, a big departure from previous models.

The version of the EcoSport hitting U.S. shores will be a bit different from the one sold abroad. Ford will update the front end and offer unique interior bits like the center console and instrument cluster, offering a different choice of powertrains as well.

Under the hood, the base engine will be Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbo, while the upper-spec 2.0-liter turbo will come with all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission will be standard on all trims. Power figures have not yet been revealed.

In terms of connectivity, shoppers can expect to see the latest features. The vehicle's infotainment system is based around the latest version of SYNC 3. Like other Ford models, the EcoSport will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A choice of 4", 6" or 8" touchscreen displays will be available based on trim level.

Four trim levels will be offered: S, SE, SES and Titanium. While most trims will likely be standard fare, the SES variant promises to offer a sporty alternative with a special suspension and steering setup, larger 8-inch screen, all-wheel drive and copper interior accents.

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Safety will be an area in which the EcoSport lags in terms of features. At the SE level, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert will be optional. SES and Titanium models will get it as standard equipment. All versions benefit from a standard backup camera, while SE and higher models also feature a reverse sensing system for added confidence.

However, order guides show that forward collision warning with automatic braking will not be offered on any trim level. This appears to be in stark contrast to competitors like the Toyota C-HR and Nissan Rogue Sport. The C-HR gets the feature standard, while the Rogue Sport will offer automatic braking later this year when the 2018 model goes on sale.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2018 Ford EcoSport is due to go on sale in early 2018.

Official pricing has not yet been announced. Based on how competitors are positioned, we think it's reasonable to expect a base price of $20,000 to $21,000 including destination.

For reference, the larger Escape currently starts at $24,495 and ranges up to $31,745 before optional equipment.

Key competitors are expected to be the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V and Nissan Rogue Sport.

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