MY2017 Ford EcoSport launched in Brazil
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Is a minor yearly update, not the facelift due next year.
Ford has launched the 2017 Ford EcoSport in Brazil. This EcoSport isn’t the facelifted model; the MY2017 is just a minor yearly update for the compact crossover.
With this update, the model range has been reduced to three grades (from four previously), and several equipment additions have been made to increase the value.
With more than 1 million units produced in Brazil (since the first generation launched in 2003), the 2017 EcoSport is available in SE and FreeStyle versions with 1.6-liter Flex (manual or automatic transmission Powershift dual-clutch), and the Titanium Powershift and 4WD (six-speed manual), both with the 2.0 Flex engine.
For a starting price of R $ 68,490, the EcoSport comes standard with electric door mirrors with integrated turn signals, fog lights, alloy wheels with 15″ rims, electronic stability control and traction control, starting assistant on ramps, on-board computer, multimedia system SYNC with voice commands for audio, telephone, and AppLink for access to applications and emergency assistance.
Meanwhile the facelifted Ford EcoSport is expected to debut at the 2016 Sao Paulo Auto Show that will open on November 8. Brazil should the first market to receive the facelifted EcoSport, with reports speculating an early-2017 market launch. Spy shots have revealed that Ford is planning some major exterior and interior changes for the facelifted model.
Even with the facelift, the Ford EcoSport will likely continue with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, 1.5-litre Ti-VCT petrol and 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engines and the 5-speed manual and 6-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions in India. In Brazil, reports say that Ford will introduce a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder naturally aspirated engine from the Dragon engine family.
The facelifted EcoSport is expected to be launched in India a few months after Brazil, in H1 2017.