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2015-03-06 07:22

STYLE TWEAKS FOR NEW ECOSPORT: Ford's EcoSport receives several style tweaks and customers will be able to order it without a rear-mounted spare wheel. Image: Ford

GENEVA, Switzerland - Ford has announced it will deliver a range of styling, drive dynamics and equipment enhancements for the practical and affordable EcoSport.

Customers in some markets will for the first time be able to order the compact SUV without a rear-mounted spare wheel.

EcoSport driving dynamics, the automaker says, benefit from suspension retuning with a  revised rear twist beam and revised spring and shock-absorber rates for chassis optimisation, a 10mm reduction in ride height and optimised electronic stability control and power steering-assistance.

"Convenience will be assured with a heatable windscreen, heatable mirrors and heatable front seats.


Ford’s SUV line-up in Europe - as in South Africa - already includes the mid-sized Kuga and will be extended to include the Edge SUV, which goes into production for Europe at the end of 2015.

The upgrades will be available to order from June in Europe.

Ford Europe's vice-president of product development, Joe Bakaj, said: "The EcoSport is already popular with customers in Europe who are looking for a flexible, stylish, and economical compact SUV. This range of enhancements makes it an even more compelling choice as part of our growing SUV range.”

For vehicles without the spare wheel, the rear swing-gate on the EcoSport has been revised to allow easier part-opening where space is limited. 

Some other EcoSport enhancements (again, depending on market):

  • Spare wheel optional, with a tyre mobility kit in place of the spare
  • Colour display
  • Charcoal black lower instrument panel, centre console and door boards
  • Part-leather upholstery on Titanium models
  • Significant dynamics upgrade – revised springs, shocks, spring aids and steering
  • Heat for windscreen, mirrors and seats inas a combined “Winter Pack” which also adds rear-seat warm-air ducting at floor level
  • Privacy glass option
  • Easier access to handbrake
  • Power trains upgraded to EU6.1 emissions standard.

Unfortunately, South Africa will not be getting these changes.

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