Ford to launch 3 more SUV’s in China: EcoSport production variant revealed (Video)
Concept of Ford EcoSport was earlier seen at Delhi Auto Show in January 2012 while a production version has just been revealed at 2012 Beijing Motor Show. This compact SUV 1.0 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engines with 118 PS and 125 Nm torque.
Ford EcoSport will see host of updates such as driver assist features of rear parking sensors, power steering and hill launch assist, not to mention smart keyless entry, Ford power start and new SYNC driver connect system with voice control. The vehicle will possess 16” aluminum alloy tyres and will share its platform with Ford Fiesta.
Being manufactured at Ford India plant situated in Chennai, the EcoSport SUV is targeting a new segment in India and with its launch, Ford hopes it will be able to boost volumes and profit margins within the country. One can expect to see the new Ford EcoSport in Indian markets by end 2012 or early 2013 and prices are slated to be between Rs.7 lakhs and Rs.8 lakhs.
Besides concentrating on sales in India, Ford also hopes to increase their sales in China four fold. While Ford only offers Edge in China, the company is hoping to bring in Kuga, Chinese version of Escape, EcoSport and Explorer to their Chinese markets where SUVs are concerned.
Demand in Chinese markets is making the company introduce 15 new vehicles in China by 2015 considering Chinese buyers bought 2.1 million SUVs during last year. Ford has made investments of $5 billion in China to date which also included investment of $760 million in Hangzhou plant in Eastern China.
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
BEIJING, April 22, 2012 – Ford today 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.
Contemporary and Quiet: Ford EcoSport Delivers High Levels of Craftsmanship In and Out
The all-new Ford EcoSport’s interior reflects the same design of bold lines and modern appearance of the exterior, with a high level of finishes, materials and craftsmanship
EcoSport’s inviting and comfortable environment is marked by the use of soft-touch materials with exclusive textures and patterns, well-designed storage and Ice Blue panel illumination
The high seating position, captivating instrument panel, ergonomically positioned controls and quiet operation contribute to the exemplary driving experience of Ford’s new small SUV
BEIJING, April 22, 2012 – The modern and connected new Ford EcoSport was unveiled today at 2012 Auto China in Beijing, its contemporary shape revealing an equally modern and sophisticated interior design for Ford’s all-new small SUV.
The all-new EcoSport provides spaciousness for five, a high driving position with outstanding visibility, a refined cabin environment engineered for quiet operation, carefully selected and matched materials, and a modern design ethos.
It all adds up to an inviting and comfortable interior that matches the design appeal of the exterior and makes the Ford EcoSport a compelling alternative to the typical small car.
The EcoSport’s interior has been designed and executed to provide the highest levels of quality and craftsmanship, reflecting an urban sophistication that is just as social as it is capable. And it is home to an impressive array of technologies and features. The EcoSport reflects its world-class design and engineering, which translates into well-finished and perfectly aligned surfaces, attractive and soft to the touch fabrics, as well as a quiet and modern interior.
Customer expectations were at the heart of the EcoSport design story. The choice of materials and the execution of design elements reflect the importance of low maintenance costs and excellent durability in the development process. EcoSport has undergone extensive durability tests in all types of weather, terrain and usage in all of the regions where it will be sold, helping to refine every element of the vehicle.
The finish of the EcoSport’s body is the first visual aspect to reflect the new levels of quality and manufacturing. It is evidenced by the consistent fit of the components and the vehicle’s aerodynamic profile, which greatly contributes to the interior’s sound quality.
The interior offers a very modern design, together with a series of technological features that a new generation of consumers desire in a connected car, and at the same time, look for in a differentiated, comfortable and inviting driving experience.
“The all-new EcoSport’s interior follows the contemporary and creative lines on the exterior. The captivating panel, the ergonomically friendly seats with soft-touch materials, and Ice Blue illumination help create an agreeable and inviting environment,” said Ehab Kaoud, chief designer, Ford South America, who led the EcoSport’s design. “It offers a level of interior quietness unmatched in its category.”
Ford South America’s Product Development Center in Camaçari, Brazil, is the only one of its kind in the region. Its 1,200 engineers and designers use state-of-the-art technology, including advanced CAD and CAE tools, to develop vehicles. Camaçari is one of Ford’s eight centers of excellence in the world and operates in real time with the other centres across the globe.
Modern and robust lines
The fluid, dynamic and refined lines of the all-new EcoSport are clearly defined by Ford’s new global design language, based on five main elements: silhouette innovation, perceived efficiency, refined surface language, technical graphics and new face.
The muscular beltine, formed by the windows and door creases, draws an ascending curve that rises as it runs to the rear of the car and reflects the uniquely dynamic character of the compact, urban SUV.
The large trapezoidal grille is another characteristic of the Ford design DNA which gives the signature Ford face, like the other new global designs.
With a coefficient drag of 0.365, theEcoSport’s aerodynamically sculpted lines help contribute to its impressive fuel economy. Inclined A pillars and a short hood help create a contemporary and sporty appearance. EcoSport’s sleek profile creates a feeling of perceived efficiency.
The oblique headlamps – slim and elongated – are technical graphics in the new Ford design language that reinforce its modern style.
“The lines of the headlamps stretch towards the rear, allowing the air to flow around them,” said Kaoud. “The dynamic line that stretches from the hood to the A-pillar and to the roof is another important highlight in the EcoSport’s modern appearance.”
The blacked-out B pillars and side windows form one continuous shape, conveying a clean, robust profile.
At the back, a large rear window that wraps around to the sides along with oblique tail-lamps. The swing gate handle is built into the tail-lamp and is another highlight of the EcoSport’s innovative design.
The spare tyre, with an exclusively designed wheel, is mounted on the swing-out door. This design feature – a classic SUV cue – defines the delightful personality of the EcoSport family: a sporty, contemporary and casual vehicle for consumers who seek modernity without having to give up robustness and efficiency in their vehicle.
Friendly, inviting and smart interior
The all-new new EcoSport offers an inviting, comfortable and friendly interior for the senses. It stands out for its modern and agreeable lines, the use of materials with differentiated textures and by its high-quality finish. The soft-touch fabrics offer a choice of modern colors and patterns, specially selected to meet the taste of the customers, with leather option in some markets.
The high position of the driver’s seat offers good visibility and offer easy and comfortable access to the panel’s controls. The small SUV’s comfort is also evident in the ergonomically friendly seating with anatomical cut-outs and side bolsters, which support the body comfortably.
The centre console’s design also has its own personality. The center-mounted LCD screen and SYNC controls create a contemporary line to the package. The air vents follow asymmetrical cutaways in the panel for visual appeal and functionality.
Various convenient storage options are positioned for ergonomically friendly and easy access, increasing the onboard practicality and comfort. More than 21 litres and 20 locations of occupant-oriented intelligent storage are available.
The rear seat can be adjusted and reclined, which adds to the comfort. It also offers a quick fold-down system, facilitating its use, as well as safety hooks to secure child restraint seats.
Sophisticated and quiet environment
The interior’s finishing materials were chosen after extensive research with consumers, with a focus on quality, sophistication and originality.
The top-of-the-line EcoSport Titanium, for example, offers a modern and sophisticated environment with a black panel and finish contrasted by silver detailing.
In addition to the quality of the materials, various factors contribute to make the new EcoSport’s interior a quiet and pleasant place, thanks to advanced engineering design which maintains a high torsional strength in the body.
The EcoSport’s acoustic quality is impressive and is the result of extensive work to reduce noise, vibration and harshness in vehicles across the world. It can be perceived in the low amount of vibration when the vehicle is stopped or running, as well as during dynamic evaluations, with low wind and engine noise when the vehicle is driving at high speeds.
The perfect fit in the design and build of diverse interior components also helped contribute to reduce noise in the interior as well as the body’s aerodynamic design, which was honed in the wind tunnel.
This quality helps increase the enjoyment of being inside the all-new Ford EcoSport, whether it is to talk, listen to music or to simply enjoy the quietness and take advantage of everything that the vehicle offers.
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
BEIJING, April 22, 2012 – 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 and 170 Nm of torque. 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.”
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
BEIJING, April 22, 2012 – 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.
Ford EcoSport makes global debut at Beijing Motor Show
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