The Ford EcoSport is a Mini SUV designed and built in Brazil by Ford. The EcoSport is one of Ford's best-seller models in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. Its main competitors are the Fiat Idea Adventure, Volkswagen CrossFox and Chevrolet Tracker.
The EcoSport has been available with five straight-4 engines:
- Zetec-Rocam 1.0 L gasoline 8v supercharged, 95 hp (discontinued in 2006)
- Zetec-Rocam 1.6 8v gasoline/ethanol, 111 hp (83 kW)
- Duratec 2.0 L gasoline 16v 145 hp (108 kW) (rebadged Mazda MZR engine)
- PSA 1.4 L HDi Diesel, 68 hp (51 kW) (this engine is for export only)
All models have front-wheel drive with manual transmission as standard. The 2.0-litre model can also receive a four-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. In the latter case, an electronically-controlled system lets the driver engage the rear axle from the dashboard.
Since the EcoSport went on sale, the car has sold well, consistently appearing on the 10 best-selling vehicles on Brazil list.
In late 2007 a restyling was introduced, which renewed the front to bring it closer to modern Ford pick-ups as well as the recent Brazilian Fiesta restyling, and updated the rear lights and interior materials.
2003 - 27,214 units
2004 - 38,695 units
2005 - 45,449 units
2006 - 44,777 units
2007 - 47,030 units