US-spec Ford EcoSport 4WD 2018 caught being tested on Indian roads

Updated Jan 15, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The US-spec Ford EcoSport SE 4WD 2018 departs from the spare wheel.

Most recently a Ford EcoSport SE 4WD 2018 has been spotted being tested on near Pondicherry, India. The surprise is the model is not for its birth land. It is an export-spec product instead.

The photo of the EcoSport SE 4WD below is supposed to be exported to the USA. Being a mid-level, the SE grade is between the top-end Titanium and SES and the entry-level S grades. The 4WD badge indicates its engine will be a 2L Ti-VCT I4 unit which doles out 202 Nm at 4,500 rpm and 166 HP at 6,500 rpm. Also standard on the SE grade are 4WD alongside a six-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox, running on 16-inch alloy wheels.

angular rear of the Ford EcoSport SE 4WD 2018

The 4WD badge indicates its engine will be a 2L Ti-VCT I4 unit

Video: 2018 Ford EcoSport SE 4WD Export-spec Model Spotted on test near Pondicherry

As compared to the Indian-spec Ford EcoSport, the American peer departs from the spare wheel. Details of the specifications show that the US-spec Ford EcoSport 4WD body will be laid on a 161.3-inch wheelbase, 99 mm longer than the Indian counterpart.

With two powertrain options (2L Ti-VCT I4 and 1L EcoBoost petrol), the export-spec Ford EcoSport offers 4 grades for the American market which are Titanium, SES, SR, and S while the six-speed automatic gearbox comes standard. The base S grade asks for $19,995(~1,155,000). The highest price offered belongs to the Ford EcoSport SES asking for $26,880(~1,552,000).

rear of the Ford EcoSport SE 4WD 2018

The Us-spec Ford EcoSport SE 4WD 2018 departs from the spare wheel

Speaking of the 1L EcoBoost for the Ford EcoSport S in the Indian market, it is channeled to a six-speed manual gearbox. Aside from it, a five-speed manual gearbox works in conjunction with 1 the 1.5L diesel and petrol units. Plus, a 1.5L petrol can be had with a six-speed automatic transmission as well. The Indian market, unfortunately, doesn’t have the Ford EcoSport equipped with 4WD which is priced at INR 7,82,200 (equivalent to P608,400).

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Know more about Ford EcoSport 2024

Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport 2023 is a 5-seater subcompact crossover from the Blue Oval company. Ford Ecosport 2023 price in Philippines ranges between Php 750,000 and Php 1,190,000 for the model's four variants. Under the hood, two engines options are available in the Philippines. One is the 1.5-liter gasoline engine that makes 121 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque, while the other is a smaller 1.0-liter EcoBoost gasoline engine that delivers 123 horsepower and 170 Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission is connected to the engine.

When it comes to the dimensions, the EcoSport spans 4,325 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width, and 1,656 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,519 mm. Also, it boasts a ground clearance rated at 209 mm. In the local market, this American small crossover is competing against the likes of the Volkswagen T-Cross, Kia Stonic, and Geely Coolray.