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Sime Darby Auto Connexion has introduced the anticipated Ford Ecosport Urban Compact SUV to the domestic market, following a sneak peak at last year’s KLIMS (Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show). The 1.5-liter Ford Ecosport shares the platform of the Fiesta; the Blue Oval’s best selling compact car.

Reflecting its smart, urban character, the new EcoSport SUV features Ford’s SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system, and lots of driver-centric technologies such as Smart Keyless Entry, Ford Power Start and rear parking sensors.

A definite exterior motif for the Ford Ecosport Urban Compact SUV

In looks, the Ford Ecosport is deemed to carry a definitive Urban Compact SUV motif with  fluid, dynamic and refined lines. The overall design of the Ecosport denotes the Blue Oval’s global design language as well as a dynamic spirit of energy in action. A spare tyre, with an exclusively designed wheel and cover, is mounted on the tailgate as a classic SUV cue, at the same time resulting in a much larger boot space impression. To keep the rear profile sleek, the tailgate handle was built into the tail light. Additionally, the Ecosport has a high ground clearance of 200 millimeters and the ability to wade through 550 mm of water.

Moving to the inside, the Ecosport cabin has been refined to ensure exemplary quietness even at high speeds. The articulation index, which measures how easily passengers could converse in the cabin, is the highest in its segment. This allows passengers to chat with one another without having to raise their voices, even when travelling at speeds of up to 120 km/h. The air-conditioning is equally up to the task of effective cooling from 65 degrees celsius in the heat of mid-afternoon to below 30 degrees in just 10 minutes.

The available Ford SYNC voice-activated in-car connectivity system, in both Mandarin and English, assure the driver would always have eyes on the road. At the same, the driver would be able to voice tune to his or her favorite music or initiate phone calls. Interior highlights include Follow-Me-Home lights, Rear Parking Aid with Park Pilot and auto-dimming rear-view mirror for the standard Ford Ecosport. The Titanium Ford Ecosport Titanium version is offered with these additions: Smart Keyless Entry, Push Start switch, rain-sensing wipers, auto leveling headlights and a power sunroof. Both versions have ample small storage compartments and foldable 60:40 rear seats that afford up to 705 liters of boot space.

The new Ford EcoSport is powered by a 1.5-liter twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) four-cylinder petrol engine that’s paired to a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with Select Shift. It propels the Urban compact SUV to a decent 110 PS and 142 Nm of torque, whilst ensuring a fuel efficiency of 15.4km/l and emissions of 154g/km.

Driver’s Assistance systems and safety features are aplenty in the new Ford Ecosport; the list comprises the power-assisted steering (EPAS) system with Pull-Drift Compensation, ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Hill Launch Assist, ABS, Brake Assist, Anti-Theft System with Engine Immobilizer, seatbelts with pre-tensioners, and seven airbags, as well as the BeltMinder technology and ISOFIX.

“The launch of the all-new EcoSport represents yet another step in our product-led transformation strategy in Malaysia. EcoSport offers drivers an affordable and aspirational alternative to the compact car that delivers fun, freedom and adventure without compromising on safety,” David Westerman, Ford’s Managing Director of Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets.

Ford Ecosport Urban Compact SUV prices and availability

The all-new Ford EcoSport Trend is available in three colors: Candy Red, Midnight Sky and Frozen White. The Titanium version is offered in Mars Red, Winning Blue, Midnight Sky and Frozen White. Prices which include 3-year or 60,000 km warranty are RM92,888 for the Trend version and RM 103,888 for the Titanium; prices are on-the-road with insurance.