Economical: The EcoSport is small on fuel consumption.
Economical: The EcoSport is small on fuel consumption.

Ford calls the EcoSport a “new breed of SUV”.

The mini-sports utility vehicle (SUV) — due to arrive in Bermuda in September — will provide a mid-sized option for families looking for space at a reasonable price.

Comfort

Slightly shorter than most full-sized SUVs, the EcoSport qualifies as a Class-G vehicle with TCD and will have an expected cost of $34,000-$36,000.

Built in Brazil, the EcoSport has been very successful in South America where it has sold 700,000 models since 2004.

A second generation global model, based on Ford’s Fiesta platform, will be the version available in Bermuda.

This was launched to rave reviews at the 2012 Delhi Motor Show and Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It is being produced at Ford’s new factory in Chennai, India.

Big on comfort, power and safety, the EcoSport is small on fuel consumption.

The 1 litre, 3-cylinder turbo-charged EcoBoost engine uses up to 20 per cent less fuel than a regular 1.6 litre, but is just as powerful, with full torque at 1,500rpm.

With 200 mm of ground clearance and high all-round visibility, the EcoSport feels like a full-sized SUV from the inside too.

Safety features include Hill Launch Assist, which stops the car from rolling back for a few seconds after you take your foot off the brake.

The body is reinforced with high strength boron steel, and has front passenger and side airbags.

There is a six-speed PowerShift automatic
transmission. And there’s plenty of space inside, too.

Fold down the 60:40 rear seats and you can fit a 560-litre washing machine in the back.

The EcoSport also has 20 cleverly-designed storage spaces. The glove box can also be a cooler, using the air conditioning to keep your drinks at just the right temperature.

A slide-out drawer under the front seat keeps valuables safely out of sight, and there’s even space for an umbrella.

Other touches include keyless entry, and Ford’s voice-control SYNC system that connects you with your Bluetooth and USB devices, such as smartphones and music players.

SYNC can dial home, read out your text messages, or browse and select music tracks.

 

For more information contact Bermuda Motors on 292-0893 or e-mail sales@bermudamotors.bm