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An SUV for the Urban World – Ford Reveals Fuel-Efficient, All-new Ford EcoSport in China
- Created for the urban environment, the all-new Ford EcoSport offers contemporary design, smart technologies and a high driving position – all in a compact, agile, fuel-efficient shape
- Powered by an array of powertrains, including an all-new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost™ engine, the aerodynamically honed Ford EcoSport is designed to be a benchmark in fuel economy while giving customers the performance feel of a larger engine
- Packed with aspirational appeal, craftsmanship and sophistication – including the Ford SYNC driver connect system with voice control – the all-new EcoSport offers a compelling alternative to the small car in big cities
Ford revealed the production version of the all-new Ford EcoSport and announced plans to build the compact, fuel-efficient urban SUV in China, in addition to India, Thailand and South America.
EcoSport’s global debut at the 2012 Auto China in Beijing means customers in China will soon be able to choose an aspirational sports utility vehicle alternative to a small car. The Ford EcoSport offers a confident stance, a high driving position and robust character on top of the agility, manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency that comes with a compact footprint. It’s the perfect combination for the city – ready for work and ready for play.
Within a contemporary design aerodynamically honed for fuel economy, the EcoSport is full of smart technologies, features and craftsmanship that offer customers more than they would expect in this segment.
With a number of powertrain solutions, including Ford's newest, most advanced engine the 1.0-litre EcoBoost™, EcoSport is designed to be a benchmark in fuel efficiency. It also offers the Ford SYNC driver connect system with voice control and many other innovative features in a spacious and comfortable interior with new levels of craftsmanship as well as outstanding quietness and refinement.
“The Ford EcoSport reflects our commitment to serve our Ford customers in China and around the world with the cars, utilities and trucks they want and value,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “EcoSport delivers outstanding quality, great fuel efficiency with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, superior safety and really smart design with SYNC.”
The production reveal of EcoSport follows rapidly after the vehicle’s global preview in January at the Delhi Auto Expo as well as in Brazil, where Ford EcoSport was developed by a global Ford development team. In addition to production in Chongqing, the EcoSport will be manufactured in Camaçari, Brazil, Rayong, Thailand, and Chennai, India, and will be offered in nearly 100 markets globally.
EcoSport joins Ford’s family of small global vehicles, which will reach an annual production capacity of 2 million units by 2015.
“The all-new EcoSport is designed and engineered specifically for customers in global growth markets using Ford’s global SUV engineering expertise and reflecting our commitments for quality, leading fuel economy, safety and smart technology,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development. “We’re delivering innovative products like this to drive our global growth.”
Ford is showcasing its top-of-the-line model, the EcoSport Titanium, on stage in Beijing, painted in distinctive Mars Red. A similar model is being revealed today in Salvador, Brazil, as EcoSport’s global launch momentum builds.
EcoSport Titanium has 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels and a chrome grille.
Inside, EcoSport offers a stylish, modern and well-equipped interior delivering new standards of craftsmanship and quality. The cabin – spacious for five people and their gear – has been engineered to deliver outstanding levels of comfort and quiet operation for customers.
In addition to Ford SYNC with voice control, among EcoSport’s available innovative technologies are Smart Keyless Entry, Ford Power Start, and a cooled bin in the glovebox.
EcoSport offers advanced safety items, such as dual front airbags and side curtain airbags, as well as Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Program.
To take the stress out of driving, the EcoSport comes with an array of driver-assist features including Hill Launch Assist and rear parking sensors.
Its agile, manoeuvrable chassis features electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) for outstanding steering response and improved fuel efficiency.
Beautiful, agile, modern
The new EcoSport is an affordable compact SUV that is ready for work and ready for play.
It targets benchmark performance in fuel economy, driveability and performance to redefine expectations in the compact SUV segment.
The new Ford SUV’s main characteristics were defined by consumers in all of the regions in which it will be sold. The design and flexible use are part of the new vehicle’s differentiated plan, which besides the agility and practicality for urban use, offers power and robustness for more adverse terrain.
The elevated stance and purposeful posture give the new EcoSport the appearance of a higher class vehicle. Its agile and contemporary lines convey confidence, refinement and an adventurous spirit, within a modern and smart package. All this contributes to EcoSport’s aspirational appeal.
"The new EcoSport is full of personality," said J Mays, group vice president, Design, and chief creative officer, Ford Motor Company. "Customers around the world immediately recognise its capability and SUV robustness that is achieved with aggressiveness. It is friendly and it’s a vehicle that really makes you smile.”
Powering growth in China
Reinforcing Ford’s commitment to offer a full portfolio of vehicles in China, the all-new Ford EcoSport will be the second of 15 new vehicles that Ford plans to introduce in the country by 2015. This is part of a bigger plan to bring more than 50 new vehicles and powertrains to the Asia Pacific and Africa region by mid-decade, underscoring the unprecedented expansion in the region.
“With its superior fuel efficiency and a comprehensive suite of smart technologies, the EcoSport is well-placed to power Ford into a new segment not only in China but also in other growth markets in Asia,” said Hinrichs.
Ford’s aggressive expansion plan in China is being supported by several new investments to increase production capacity.
It was announced earlier this month that Ford and its joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) will invest approximately USD 600 million to expand capacity in Chongqing by 350,000 passenger vehicles, raising total capacity in China to 950,000 units by 2014. The new investment will increase Ford’s total investment in China to approximately USD 4.1 billion.
CFMA already operates two assembly plants and an engine plant in Chongqing. Additional facilities – a USD 500 million engine plant and a USD 350 million transmission plant – are currently under construction.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.fordmotorcompany.com.
Creative, Connected and Compact: EcoSport is Ford’s New Small SUV with Smart, Innovative Technologies
- The new EcoSport offers an unexpected level of connectivity, safety and convenience in its segment, including Ford SYNC driver connect system with voice control, electronic air-conditioning, Smart Keyless Entry, Ford Power Start and a cooled bin in the glovebox
- The new global product is also an innovator in safety, with dual front airbags and side curtain airbags. Features that make driving safer and easier include Anti-Lock Brake system, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Launch Assist and rear parking sensors
- Electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) contributes to EcoSport’s target of class-leading fuel economy, and EcoSport offers a wide range of efficient engines to meet the needs and preferences of consumers in every region
Compact and agile, the all-new Ford EcoSport is also full of innovative technologies and features.
Bringing together features not normally found in this segment, EcoSport offers a driving experience with a superior standard of on-board connectivity, safety and convenience.
One of the highlights is the award-winning SYNC driver connect system with voice control. More than 4 million vehicles are currently on the road with SYNC technology. Ford forecasts 9 million additional vehicles will be equipped with SYNC by 2015 globally as it deploys the Ford-exclusive system in products such as the new EcoSport.
SYNC sets the trend for a hands-free, voice-activated future. It helps drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road as they choose their favorite music and make calls using voice commands.
EcoSport’s digital audio system features a CD/MP3 player, USB and auxiliary slots, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connection, and a 3.5-inch LCD screen. SYNC will be available in both Mandarin and English in China.
The EcoSport also comes with a range of key features such as electric power assisted steering, power windows, remote control locks, dual power side mirrors, Passive Anti-Theft System, Smart Keyless Entry, and Ford Power Start, and rear parking sensors.
Climate control and comfort
The all-new EcoSport offers an advanced climate control system, providing efficiency and comfort, including air-conditioning with pollen filter as standard and optional electronic air-conditioning.
The all-new small SUV features improved versions of creative solutions, such as the cooled bin inside the glovebox which can chill six 350ml cans when the air conditioning is activated, as well as a storage drawer underneath the passenger seat.
Green and efficient
Energy efficiency is one of the highlights of the all-new EcoSport. The goal set by Ford in the EcoSport’s development was to become the segment leader in fuel-efficiency with the all-new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost™ engine as well as the new 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol engine.
The EcoSport’s fuel economy is further enhanced by the availability of the innovative six-speed PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission which combines the efficiency and driving dynamics of a manual gearbox with the convenience of a conventional automatic transmission.
Efficiency is also present in every aspect of the vehicle’s design. The SUV’s body was specially developed, including the use of high-strength steel and new designs to optimize weight and fuel efficiency.
The all-new EcoSport was designed to meet the strictest safety standards in the markets in which it will be sold. Its body was developed with design tools and advanced software to reduce weight, combining programmed energy impact absorption zones with an extremely rigid protection cage to protect occupants.
The chassis’ stability and robustly built body with high torsional rigidness for occupant protection, 20% better than the previous model sold in South America, are part of the features which give the EcoSport the confidence of a true SUV.
The vehicle offers a comprehensive package of safety features including standard dual front airbags (for driver and passenger) and optional side curtain airbags to protect rear-seat passengers in rollover-type accidents. The pelvis bolster provides pelvic protection while the energy-absorbing side door trim provides thoracic and abdominal protection during side impact accidents.
The EcoSport is also equipped with advanced active safety technologies such as Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Stability Program, and Hill Launch Assist.
All-New 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost Engine Further Extends Advanced EcoBoost Technology in China
- The all-new engine will debut in China in the all-new Ford EcoSport – offering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with less than 140g/km CO2 emissions
- The fuel-efficient three-cylinder broadens the range of EcoBoost™ engines in China – the new Mondeo is currently available with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder while the all-new Ford Kuga will feature 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines
- This newest and smallest member of the global family of EcoBoost engines features advanced turbo-charging technology, improved twin independent variable camshaft timing and intelligent ancillaries to deliver performance that belies its small size
Ford is expanding its advanced EcoBoost™ powertrain technology in China with the addition of its newest and smallest-ever EcoBoost engine. With only three cylinders and 1.0 litre of displacement, the latest EcoBoost engine will provide fuel-efficient power for the all-new Ford EcoSport.
Despite its smaller capacity and proportions, the engine delivers power and performance that will rival a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine while emitting less than 140g/km CO2. It will have 88 kW of power (118 hp) and 170 Nm of torque (125 lb-ft). Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, it will give the Ford EcoSport a footprint that is small enough for urban driving yet robust enough for a trip out of the city.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost uses turbocharging and direct fuel injection to extract impressive levels of power and fuel efficiency from its three-cylinder engine block, which is so small that it can fit on a sheet of A4 paper. This combination of power and low CO2 emissions is unmatched by competitors in its segment.
Ultimately, this all-new engine will be made available in Ford models in Asia, Europe, North America and other regions.
The 1.0-litre three-cylinder is the latest addition to Ford’s family of EcoBoost engines in China. The new Mondeo currently features a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder while the all-new Ford Kuga will launch with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine as well as the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
Downsized EcoBoost engines feature turbocharging, direct injection and other technologies and replace larger engines with no loss of performance and with lower fuel consumption.
“China was one of the first markets in Asia to enjoy the progressive EcoBoost technology,” said Kumar Galhotra, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. “The introduction of the small-but-potent 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine demonstrates Ford’s continued commitment to bring the latest powertrains that deliver superior fuel economy and reduced carbon dioxide emissions to China.”
Compact and responsive
Developed at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in the U.K., the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine features a new compact, high performance turbocharger design. The extremely fast response of the turbocharger and its ability to reach nearly 250,000 rpm results in virtually no turbo lag and peak torque of 170 Nm from 1,300-4,500 rpm. This high torque supports a fuel-efficient driving style and delivers a good performance feel and diesel-like torque experience.
The all-new EcoBoost engine also features an exhaust manifold cast into the cylinder head, which lowers the temperature of the exhaust gases and in turn enables the engine to run with the optimum fuel-to-air ratio across a wider rev band.
An advanced “split cooling” system reduces fuel consumption by warming the engine more quickly and – unique to the 1.0 engine –cast iron has been selected for the block, reducing the amount of energy needed for warm-up by up to 50 per cent compared with aluminium.
Intelligent ancillaries such as a variable air-conditioning compressor and oil pump also reduce demand on the engine – improving economy and emissions – while special coatings for engine components and intricate development of engine geometry result in minimal frictional losses.
Like its larger-capacity siblings, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will use twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to further improve performance and economy. Ford has also employed an all-new camshaft actuator to speed up response times without sacrificing durability.
“The 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivers great low-speed responsiveness, power, torque and smoothness,” said Galhotra. “To produce an engine with such impressive performance and fuel economy clearly reflects our commitment to be class-leading in fuel economy around the world."
Smooth and refined
In the all-new 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, the emphasis in development has been on delivering both smooth and refined performance.
Engine refinement is improved thanks to an innovative design that immerses the two main engine drive belts in oil – resulting in quieter and more efficient running but with the durability of a chain. Careful attention has also been paid to mitigating the natural vibrations of the three-cylinder design.
Rather than employ the traditional method of adding energy-draining balancer shafts, Ford engineers have deliberately “unbalanced” the flywheel and pulley to offset the engine configuration. Ford believes these innovations combined with optimised engine mounts will deliver a truly refined performance feel perfected during 720,000 kilometres of tests – including 360,000 kilometres of durability trials and 10,000 kilometres of environmental testing.
“Fitted with a long list of innovative technologies, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost is one of the most technically advanced and efficient engines Ford has ever designed and produced,” said Galhotra.
“This new engine demonstrates Ford’s laser focus on improving fuel economy without compromising performance. It will be an engine that not only surprises and delights our customers but also offers them great value in the lower cost of ownership.”
Ford Takes China by Storm with Complete Family of Four New Global SUVs
- The all-new Ford EcoSport, the all-new Ford Kuga, the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer make up Ford’s comprehensive offering of sport utility vehicles to Chinese customers
- The EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer deliver SUV versatility, practicality and safety with superior levels of fuel economy and passenger car-like comfort
- The EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer reflect Ford’s strong heritage and reputation in SUVs that are recognised and trusted worldwide
Ford strides boldly into the heart of the rapidly expanding sport utility vehicle (SUV) market in China with a complete family of four new global SUVs that deliver superior fuel efficiency, class-leading safety and cutting edge technologies.
Unveiled and on display at 2012 Auto China, the all-new Ford EcoSport, the all-new Ford Kuga, the Ford Edge, and the Ford Explorer showcase the breadth of the line-up – from a small SUV that is just the right size for city-driving to a full-size seven-passenger SUV. All four SUVs offer passenger car-like comfort and SUV versatility.
These new SUVs are part of Ford’s promise to bring 15 global vehicles to China by mid-decade as Ford accelerates its expansion plan in one of the world’s fastest-growing auto market. China’s SUV sector is also quickly developing – the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers reported that 1.59 million SUVs were sold in the country last year, a jump of more than 20 per cent from the previous year, far outstripping industry growth.
Ford aims to capture this burgeoning segment with four members of its extended family of SUVs, which interestingly dates back to the “first SUV” or camper derived from a modified Model T by Henry Ford. With 62 years of designing SUVs and 46 years of building and selling them, Ford today has a strong heritage in SUVs that is recognised and trusted worldwide, making it a global leader in this area.
“Ford’s passion and ingenuity for designing and building SUVs have won us proud customers for generations and we believe the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer will also win the hearts of customers in China too,” said Dave Schoch, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor China.
“Staying a step ahead of customer aspirations, Ford has reinvented its traditionally practical, versatile and muscular SUVs to become more fuel-efficient, smart, agile and intuitive while preserving their core personality.”
Powered on less fuel
Using the latest powertrain technologies such as EcoBoost™ and twin independent camshaft variable timing (Ti-VCT), Ford has given its SUVs a wide range of engines that are capable of high power and high torque while consuming less fuel.
The global EcoBoost technology features turbocharging and direct injection so that the downsized EcoBoost engines can rival the power and performance of a larger engine – but at a fraction of the fuel consumption.
The 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine in the all-new EcoSport delivers 88 kW of power and 170 Nm of torque, boasting power and performance comparable to a traditional 1.6-litre petrol engine. The two four-cylinder EcoBoost engines in the all-new Kuga also serve up big power for their economical size. The 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine delivers 132 kW of power and 240 Nm of torque while the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine produces 176 kW and 340 Nm of torque.
Ford has also employed Ti-VCT technology across the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer to deliver even better fuel efficiency and save customers money. The technology allows for precise and variable control over the valve timing for optimum performance which improves fuel economy and reduces part-throttle emissions.
These fuel-efficient engines are mated to advanced six-speed automatic transmissions which optimise gearing to further shave off fuel consumption. Complementing all these efforts, Ford designers gave the SUVs a sleeker shape as well as added aerodynamic details which reduce drag.
Advanced safety technologies
The EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer have all been designed to exceed the strictest global safety standards. Their class-leading protection for occupants begins in the stiff unibody structure that is made up of high levels of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel. In the event of a crash, the driver and passengers are protected inside a safety cage of strength.
All four SUVs come with a full array of airbags – driver and front passenger airbags, side front airbags and side curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants. The Kuga has an additional driver’s knee airbag.
The advanced airbag restraint system incorporates new technologies which are able to vary the pressure based on the size of the occupant, hence lessening the impact of the airbags on the occupants during deployment.
The Explorer also boasts the world’s first second-row inflatable rear belts. These unique belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area of conventional seat belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion.
Additionally, the SUVs are equipped with state-of-the-art active safety technologies which help the driver keep the vehicle in control at all times. These features include the Electronic Stability Program system that uses intelligent logic to monitor the SUV’s progress and intervene effectively when required as well as Hill Launch Assist, Emergency Brake Assist and Anti-Lock Brake System.
A smarter drive
The EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer all boast a long list of smart technologies that make life easier on the road for the driver.
Common to all four SUVs is the award-winning Ford SYNC® in-car connectivity system that allows drivers to make calls or play their favourite music via voice commands while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel throughout.
The Kuga, Edge and Explorer take it a step further with MyFord Touch®, which combines the connectivity of SYNC with a full-colour 8-inch touch screen in the centre stack and two 4.2-inch LCD screens. The driver can easily access vehicle functions, settings and information easily through voice, the steering wheel controls or with a simple tap of the centre stack touch screen.
Moreover, the SUVs are equipped with different driver-assist technologies that take the stress out of everyday driving situations.
For example, the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) displays an alert when a vehicle is detected entering the SUV’s blind spot while the Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance from other vehicles by decelerating or accelerating accordingly. Other smart technologies can help the driver parallel park hands free (Active Park Assist) or keep the SUV from drifting out of its lane (Lane Keeping Aid).
The Kuga has a particularly intelligent hands-free automatic tailgate that can be unlocked and raised, and vice versa, just by a gentle kicking motion under the centre of the rear bumper.
True SUV toughness and versatility
Making use of its proven manufacturing, design and technology fundamentals, Ford has imbued the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer with essential SUV practicality and versatility within a cocoon of passenger car-like comfort.
World-class craftsmanship and painstaking attention paid to every detail have given the SUVs an outstanding level of quality that is clearly evident both inside and out. The clean, modern exterior design echoes the ingenious interior with its flexible seating, clever storage spaces and generous cargo volume. Ford has also meticulously engineered superior levels of quiet into the SUVs’ cabin, delivering class-leading control over noise, vibration and harshness.
Fortified with Ford’s famed driving dynamics along with high ground clearance and outstanding water-wading capability, the SUVs enable customers to get to their destination easily and comfortably. For those taking the SUV off the road, Ford has stretched the breadth of SUV capability with smart four-wheel drive systems.
The Kuga’s new Intelligent 4WD System uses advanced software and sensors to analyse data from 25 external signals, including wheel speed, accelerator pedal position and steering wheel angle, assessing road conditions and driver input 20 times faster than the blink of an eye. The system uses all the sensor inputs to turn the SUV in the direction the driver wants it to go.
The Explorer goes further with a new Terrain Management System that takes the guesswork out of maximising 4WD by doing away with the traditional SUV transfer case configuration with the four-high, four-low and auto settings. Instead, the system is selectable by situation with settings for normal, mud, sand and snow.
“Ford designed the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge and Explorer with the customers in mind, ensuring that they will be able to select one that fits their purpose or pocket,” said Schoch.
“Be it a small SUV or a full-size seven-seater, all four new SUVs possess the winning combination of exceptional fuel efficiency, world-class safety, powerful performance and practical versatility that sets a Ford SUV a cut above the rest.”