Changan-Ford Launched the EcoSport Mini SUV

The EcoSport built by Changan-Ford in Chongqing made its public debut Thursday in Guangzhou. Compared with the Indian and Brazilian versions, the Chinese one is slightly longer, adding 39mm to overall body length and 9mm to wheelbase. When released next month, it will be equipped with an 81kw normally aspirated 1.5L engine (Ti-VCT), paired with a 5MT or 6AT. The more anticipated 1.0T models won’t be available until mid-2013 as the joint venture has yet to complete construction of the engine plant.

ford ecosport china

Expected to be Ford’s first successful, albeit belated, foray into the Chinese SUV market (to be joined by the bigger, compact-size Kuga early next year), EcoSport is built on the Ford B platform, which it shares with Fiesta. It employs MacPherson struts at the front and trailing arms/torsion beams in the rear. Only FWD configurations have been revealed so far.

ford ecosport china
ford ecosport china
ford ecosport china

The mini SUV is expected to sell for 100,000-140,000 Yuan. Its main rivals are Shanghai-GM Buick Encore, Dongfeng-Nissan Qashqai, and GAC-Mitsubishi ASX.

2013 Ford EcoSport from Changan-Ford 1.5 MT Comfort 1.5 MT Fashion 1.5 AT Fashion 1.5 MT Titanium 1.5 AT Titanium
Price: MSRP (Chinese Yuan)          
Date of Market Launch
To be released
Powertrain
Engine
1.5L (1498cc) Ti-VCT L4 16V DOHC
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
81/6000
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
138/4000
Transmission
5MT
5MT
6AT
5MT
6AT
Suspension Front
MacPherson
Suspension Rear
Trailing arm/torsion beam
Drivetrain
Front engine, front wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
Vented disc/drum
Top Speed (km/h)
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
Steering
Electrical power steering
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
6.5
6.5
Tank Capacity (L)
Emission Level
Euro IV
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4280
Overall Width (mm)
1785
Overall Height (mm)
1658
Wheelbase (mm)
2530
Track (front/rear, mm)
Curb Weight (kg)
1245
1245
1295
1245
1295
Seating Capacity
5
Trunk Volume (L)
  1.5 MT Comfort 1.5 MT Fashion 1.5 AT Fashion 1.5 MT Titanium 1.5 AT Titanium
Exterior  
Tires 195/65 R15
205/60 R16
Halogen Headlights S S S S S
"Follow-me-home" Lights N N N S S
Chrome Front Grille
N N N S S
Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S S
Rear Window Wiper S S S S S
Boneless Windshield Wipers S S S S S
Alloy Wheels N S S S S
Roof Racks N S S S S
Power Sunroof N N N S S
Interior  
One-touch Anti-pinch Power Windows S S S S S
Keyless/One-touch Start N N N S S
Power Door Locks S S S S S
Leather Steering Wheel N N N S S
Multi-function Steering Wheel N N N S S
Leather Seats N N N O O
Number of Speakers 4 4 4 6 6
Radio/USB/AUX/CD Player S S S S S
3.5-inch Color Display S S S S S
Manual Air Conditioner S S S N N
Auto Air Conditioner N N N S S
Cooling Box N S S S S
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S S
Front Side Airbags N N N S S
Side Curtain Airbags N N N S S
ABS, EBD S S S S S
TCS, ESP, HAC N N N S S
Seatbelt Reminder S S S S S
Remote Key S S S S S
Electronic Anti-theft System P.A.T.S. S S S S S
Backup Radar N N N S S

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available