Ford Brings EcoSport to Chicago Auto Show
Blue Oval’s Newest, Smallest SUV Wows Critics in the Windy City
Tiny, subcompact SUVs are hot right now. And Ford is rolling out their own addition to this already crowded segment in 2018 — the EcoSport. Ford announced the five seat crossover back in November, but this week it’s on display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show for public consumption. Ford’s smallest SUV was the subject of an ABC 7 Chicago segment previewing this year’s show.
The EcoSport joins the redesigned 2018 F-150 and Mustang at what is the country’s largest auto show. But unlike the other two, the little SUV is aimed at a more youthful market. In fact, it was Ford’s first Snapchat vehicle reveal, one that took place at a Hollywood pop up event.
If that isn’t chic enough for you, the EcoSport is chock full of technology to satisfy the smartphone generation. That includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an available B&O 10 speaker sound system. FordPass enables owners to start, lock, unlock, and locate the EcoSport from virtually anywhere. The app also displays vehicle information like fuel level and odometer readings.
The EcoSport promises to be very efficient as well, with either engine option — the 1.0 liter 3-cylinder or 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Ecoboost powerplants. Choosing the 2.0 liter will net you standard intelligent four wheel drive. Both engines come backed up by a six speed automatic transmission.
Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but expect it to be below the Escape, which is where the EcoBoost falls in Ford’s lineup. It’s expected to hit dealer lots early next year. In the meantime, you can see it up close at the Chicago Auto Show, along with all of Ford’s other goodies beginning February 11th and running through the 20th.